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14 March 2006 @ 09:42 pm
Lord Byron inspired it, so blame him.  
So, you're all familiar with this poem, correct?

CLXXIII - "She Walks In Beauty"
SHE walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies,
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meets in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellow'd to that tender light
Which Heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impair'd the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress
Or softly lightens o'er her face,
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek and o'er that brow
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,-
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent.

It was a theme for a deco I'm working on for the BPAL forums. I scanned in my final page for ya'll, but just for fun I scanned several of the steps in the process as well.

First, the final:

The crappy quality of the images can be attributed to the fact that they were photographed with my cell phone, rather than scanned.
The first image was my concept doodle, scribbled in a gel pen and hastily colored to get an idea of what I was going for. I wanted her to be a girl who seemed of the night, so rather than drawing her seperate clothes they blended seamlessly into the background. Her eyes were to be yellow like stars, and I wanted her to have a large forehead because somehow it seemed to suggest innocence to me. If possible I wanted her hands and position to somehow indicate she was sitting demurely.
Unfortunately I don't have a photo of the pencil stage. Too bad - I always think my drawings look best before I pencil and color them, because there's a certain delicacy in the lead that gets lost in ink. (I am clumsy with ink.)
That brings us to the second picture, which is the inked pencils. I used two pens with different thicknesses - the thicker line for the outline against the 'night' and the thinner lines for details and facial features. The hair is very awkwardly flowing in several spots. I am not good with long hair - I don't know what to do with it. I do like her face, tho'. The eyes are very expressive.
The third and final picture is with the hair colored, because I thought it was interesting to see just how badly it had been 'shined' before I washed it over with gray so that it would be as close to raven-black as I could get it.
I really like how the final turned out. The lines almost suggest a bodice and sleeves and an empire waist, but I didn't carry that through to outside of the circle her arms create because I thought it would make her stand out too much against the blue lines.
Opinions are good! Please share them!
Z: Pez ~ candy treatsthez on March 15th, 2006 07:12 am (UTC)
I have nothing constructive or intelligent to say here. I just really like that picture.
Paul Linh Nguyenanimekid on March 15th, 2006 08:18 am (UTC)
*Deletes last comment due to typo & etc*

No art expert...but that doesn't stop me from enjoying it...

Somehow I find a liking more-so to the 3rd and 4th pictures ^^;;

Regardless of what you say...I find those drawings gorgeous O.o
Look forward to more postings =P
captured: ...capuu on March 15th, 2006 09:01 am (UTC)
I'm usually a color-clinger, but here, I think that the cleaned ink is the highest point in the images's transformation. The varied line widths with the framing thicker is charming. Her pose does speak demure, but right there when she's a empty white with the page, the whole speaks demure.

In the end when she's the definite focal with white skin and all stars to her, that's sitting proud and pretty. All her lovely skeletal was swallowed by dark blue&black.;_;

The part where we in computerland miss out is on shiny gel stars.
Suzik00kaburra on March 15th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I really liked how it looked when it was inked, but it looked so plain that I didn't want to leave it that way. Far too lazy to come downstairs and use the scanner at the page, I just did a quick photo. I think that I may try something similar again soon, and use lighter colors for everything so the lines don't get washed out.
Varied line widths always look cool.