This illustration (beauty) was created as a personal project to practice drawing the human face from a reference image and then adding colour to it digitally.
I began the drawing on an A3 pad using a variety of pencils for the line work and shading. I used a grid setup to copy the reference image that was found online. The reference picture was printed out and then I set up a grid over the image, and then marked points off on the A3 pad so I could scale the image proportionally. This is a good way to replicate something that you need to scale to a different size. The reference image I used was a small, low resolution file and the girl had a lot of striking black makeup around her eyes that looked like paint had been splattered over them. I wanted to redraw the girl looking more natural and obviously at a much larger size.
Once I was done with the initial sketch or drawing, I then scanned sections of it in, which were later joined up using Photoshop to create the larger high res A3 document. After the image had been touched up to remove scan lines and some defects from the paper, I then coloured it using various layers, overlay styles with minor colour correction and level filters to add contrast and highlights to the original scan.
I enjoyed creating this project as it allowed me to create a strong sense of depth, because of the lighting used while still creating a gentle and enticing image from something that had a completely different atmosphere or emotion to it.