8 re­tain the best as­pects of a sketch

Ramón takes an old sketch and en­hances its core ideas for this month’s cover

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A Prac­tice sketch

I sketched this char­ac­ter some time ago. My aim was to im­prove my knowl­edge of the fe­male anatomy while main­tain­ing a loose sketch­book look. I kept it sim­ple, and con­cen­trated on the val­ues and de­pict­ing key anatomy land­marks. Her face was my main fo­cus, with the looser lines sug­gest­ing a dress from the Re­nais­sance pe­riod.

B Ap­ply­ing val­ues and colour

The Imag­ineFX team ask me to work up the sketch for the cover. Be­fore paint­ing, I redo the line work to re­move the dis­trac­tion of the ex­ist­ing val­ues. I try to recre­ate the vol­umes and the mood with sim­ple brush strokes, pay­ing more at­ten­tion to the eyes and face, and play around with tex­tures. I want my char­ac­ter to have a stern out­look.

C Re­fin­ing the char­ac­ter

I smooth down the shapes within the sil­hou­ette, such as the face, hair and dress, which helps to cre­ate vol­ume. Adding tex­tures ac­cen­tu­ates the forms in se­lec­tive ar­eas of the face and body. Once I’m com­fort­able with the big­ger shapes, I move on to de­tail­ing. I fix the val­ues, in­crease the sat­u­ra­tion and then call it fin­ished!

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