Lines and shading
My rough lines start here. I have an Imagine FX cover template layer on top of the others, so I can easily check the composition. And for cases like this one, I use guides to get all the shapes and vectors exactly right. The face is the centre of focus, so the hand and body help guide the viewer towards this. One of the most fun parts of this illustration is doing the shadows. I really want to use accent lighting – and that’s where the idea comes to me: it’s a photo session. Perhaps the girl is some kind of celebrity? If so, do her clothes need to look fashionable, or is she doing the shoot in her work outfit?