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Monochrome face progress by ienkub Monochrome face progress by ienkub
so i like to look at progress pictures and on occasion i make one of them myself. this was made from a photo reference. no tracing, no line art, just me and the hard round rush for 3 days. i think the last new layer i used was labelled Layer 97.

stage 1: basic stuff, trying to get some landmarks in there for orientation. it looks awful, but i'm not worried.

stage 2: more refinement. added the background. the darkest shade in the background is the darkest shade in the entire picture. now i know what shade range i'm supposed to be in. (shade range is my word, but you can use it if you like.) i had to flip the picture upside down and try to clear my head of any pre-existing notion of how i think i face should look and just paint what i saw.

stage 3: more refinement, obviously. i had to add some irises and pupils, but they look really wonky. at this stage i had started going to the hair whenever i needed a break from the face, just giving the hair a couple more strokes as i was procrastinating. it eventually got too detailed and i painted over it in stage five.

stage 4: more refinement! the eyes got a bit more love, but they still aren't very much like the reference. sent it away to get some quick pointers.

stage 5: a COMPLETE remake of the eyes. i just painted over them and started from scratch. i also tried to soften up some of the shading, but i should have done more. and of course i painted over the hair.

stage 6: tweaked her head a bit. this is what i handed in to my tutor for final review. who is my tutor? it's only Nicholas Kay [link] da-link [link] (if you are serious about becoming an illustrator i HIGHLY recommend his Clinic. it is a great investment.)
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natenutron Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Keep up the good work.
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ienkub Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you, i will!
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ArtofKwasiY Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
3 days? do you plan on adding colors and whatnot or was this a study?
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ienkub Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yeah, three days. i stared at the screen until my nose bled. FOR THE ART!

i could colour it, but since my tutor used this image for showing me his way of colouring he might think i was cheating.
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