Sketch 1 - I drew this girl with an idea in mind and then I photoshopped it so I could impress all my Twitter friends and was fairly pleased with myself. I came back the next day and wasn't pleased with myself at all. Do you see how she's leaning to the right? The torso was too square and the outfit wasn't doing it for me. But cliffs, yeah, the story is in the cliffs.
Sketch 2 - I redrew a few bits, added a bow instead of a walking stick because bows are BA.
Sketch 3 - Unfortunately (fortunately), Future-Me is always unimpressed with Past-Me's antics so I took my sharpened pencil to it again. The leg needed to be longer. The outfit was still AWFUL and the hair needed an overhaul. After a few more hours of sketching I felt confident with putting it onto canvas (note to self: I should never be confident about putting a sketch onto canvas. However, I must always be confident that whatever isn't working can be changed).
Day 1 - "I think the first day went well" observed Past-Me. "You're an idiot." replied Future-Me.
Day 2 - The face was too young and the lips weren't right. The eyes were too big. As David Bowie once said, "Ch-ch-ch-Changes!"
Day 4 - I forgot to mention that by this point I've painted and repainted the left leg about half a dozen times. The face was beginning to feel good to me but this morning I began to question whether I made the figure too big. Did I make a mistake in using acrylics? Is the figure even right? Which way should the shoulders be? Are the legs too skinny? This is when I usually want to take a nap.
Day 5 - But I marched on! I think I'll leave in the three arms. Current-Me thinks that hopefully Future-Me will be pleased and able to work on the painting some more tomorrow without resenting Past-Me's laziness.
The legs are now more robust but not too masculine. The hand is well defined. The dress looks pretty good. I've begun to work on the feet and the fox skin. She is slowly (but surely) coming into focus. Thank goodness.
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