Ini­tial ges­ture

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I start off by fig­ur­ing out the ba­sic ges­ture and com­po­si­tion of the piece, sketch­ing di­rectly in Pho­to­shop. I knew go­ing in that I want to have her look con­fi­dent and pow­er­ful, but not ag­gres­sive, so I try to make her pos­ture re­flect that: her shoul­ders are set back, her back is slightly arched, and her eyes are locked con­fi­dently on the viewer.

July 2015

De­vel­op­ing the con­cept

I want her to be a mix of a war­rior and an earth god­dess, so I sketch in ar­mour on one side and a magic staff on the other, and roughly out­line plant forms and a curv­ing tree in the back­ground. I’ve given her a dress, but it’s a dress that looks com­fort­able and nat­u­ral on her. I want her to look com­fort­able and ca­pa­ble of han­dling her­self while still be­ing beau­ti­ful.

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