Sunday, September 27, 2009

Catch up Post for Circle (formerly known as Together)

I originally called this Sam and Dean portrait "Follow Me", then I decided it should be called "Together". Now I've been thinking of it as "Circle". I know, I guess I shouldn't name a piece until I finish it.

This post is about the work I did on it back in June, but since I have just started working on it again, I thought I should do a catch-up post before writing about the new stuff.

I had been working on the guys faces all the while knowing I should be doing more work on the background. But I was worried about doing the left background area and had been avoiding it. There is supposed to be a smoking mountain top back there and I don't have a good reference for this. I did start trying to block in some billowy smoke rising up and combining with the clouds and it set my mind at ease a bit.

I did a lot more on the background after I got past the artist's block with the smoky mountain. There's a lot of work to be done yet, but I think I'm headed in the right direction.

Even while working on the background, I kept jumping back to work Sam's face and hair and to Dean's face too. I just couldn't keep away. Once I had put some base color on Sam's face, it made thnk that Dean's skin tone looked too red, so I had to tone it down. I'm still working on trying to get both their faces to the same basic skin tone and intensity of color.

I varied a few details from the original sketch. I thought it would be nice to have the boy's hair being ruffled by the wind. I decided this after I had already done a lot of work on Dean's hair so I had to do some careful erasing. Even though his hair is really short, now it looks like it's being blown around a bit. For Sam, I sketched in some flyaway strands and fluffed it up a bit. Hope I'm not biting off more than I can chew by straying from my reference photos!

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