Finally! Gawd, this took forever.
The full resolution of this image is 1192 x 1721 px.
Total time spent is probably around 6hrs worth or so over a span 2 days.
Favorite it on DeviantArt here: http://heycheri.deviantart.com/art/WOW-Bikinis-in-Vegas-202106376
I didn’t start this piece expecting to color it. I was just doodling and sketching, really. I wanted to try experimenting with differently colored line art, as I usually draw with straight black ink on a white background. So I took a different approach when creating this piece just to change up my process a little.
Check out the piece from start to finish below:
The line art begins!
You can see that I started with a nice tan color for the background wash, with darker browns for preliminary line art.
Drawing faces and heads with hair on them are pieces of cake for me. But it’s always the body and the hands that I end up spending more time on as I’m always thinking to myself, “This just doesn’t look right. Her fingers are too chubby.” Or, “Her neck looks crooked.” Or, “Her shoulders look way too manly.” Etc etc — I criticize the shit out of myself.
Quick wash of color for the skin.
Adding in skin blush/burn/whatever to pink up the flesh a bit.
Merged skin layers together and cleaned it up a bit, then added washes of color across the face to give it kind of a “fantasy” feel (I don’t know why those colors remind me of fairies, Lol), and added glow highlights etc.
I really dig my characters having hair that looks as unnatural as possible. Baby blues, purples, hot pinks, fiery reds — anything that’s almost impossibly to duplicate in real life, I like to do.
Lipstick, eyecolor, and “glow” highlight across her arms to set the “mood” for the photo. By placing the light source behind her, you get more of a dynamic effect than if I had placed it directly above or in front of her. This is actually what gave me the idea to put her in a night scene!
So with the night scene in mind, I changed the background color to a periwinkle blue, and began sketching out a sort of “nightlife poolparty” idea that I had in my head. I really should’ve thrown in a beach ball and some floaties somewhere, but whatever — I didn’t think of that until just now. Lame.
Then I started painting in the colors for the background, the pool, etc! I wanted to make sure to have lots of yellow lighting in it (since that’s the color I chose for the glow on her skin), so I drew in a lot of christmas style lights on the palmtrees etc.
For the pool, I’ve never really drawn water before. So I was like, WTF. Do I have to use crazy shades of blue or something?! And then I realized … Uh. I’m an artist. And I can make the pool look however I want.
So I filled in with splashes of pink and navy and purple and green — to tie in the sort of “fairy” color scheme I had going on for the main figure.
And voila! Image completion!
Complete with tons of neon lights and interesting textures to keep your eye moving across the piece.
If you’ll notice, I framed the main girl a bit by erasing the light around her body, as well as by lightening up her hair. The piece became way too crowded with colors etc, and she sort of melted into the drawing and didn’t have as much of an impact as I would have liked. So I had to do a lot of tweaking to the image to get her to pop more.
And when I was all done, the image looked a bit too “clean” for me.
So I applied my own custom filter over the image and added a little “noise/grain” to the piece to dirty it up slightly, then added in a more professional signature.
And voila! :-)
Whatcha’ think? And should I keep posting these “step-by-step” blogs? Let me know if you dig it. You can check out my only other step-by-step blog here!
XOXO Cheri XOXO