Sunday, January 30, 2011


I spent a couple of hours today working on copying a photo to try to get a grip on wrinkles on clothing. I can feel how it should go naturally, I can nearly understand how things would work on a pose I made up. Not quite, though. Something is missing and I still need more work on it.

Here's the picture, though. It's a portrait of Anke-Eve Goldmann in her winter riding gear. I'm not posting the original image as my mistakes (the eyes are a bit high on the face, for example) would be more glaring, but I am linking to it in case you think I've traced. Of course, that would assume that you thought it was too good ;)

First in pencil:

I then traced the pencil, transferred it to Bristol and inked it with a Pigma Micron 01:

I then scanned the inked image and colored it digitally:

There are a good deal of things that need work on this, but there are enough good moments to keep me going. More drapery to follow.

Listening to while posting: "B&S" by The Bobby Hughes Experience


Sweet Enemy said...

thumbs up, buster!

Don Snabulus said...

It looks very good. If I were to nitpick, 'cuz I know you want me to, I would say that leather would bunch up unequally, though I suppose it depends a bit on which photo you are looking at. I was looking at this one where the upper arms have only gentle waves compared with the forearms. In your illustration, the upper arm folds look to be as deep as the lower arm. Also, the subjects right armpit has additional depth to the folds.

Of course, you are hearing from someone who has trouble with stick figures, so take it as an amateur perspective.

Arkonbey said...

@snab: your comments are spot-on, actually; Thanks.

And, NEVER EVER say that, because you can't draw, that you can't judge artwork. You just aren't ever allowed to say "that sucks" ;)

Lee Sargent said...

It's always so inspiring to pop over here and see you practising your craft and this is another great example. Clothing folds and creases are something I need to work on.

I'm really enjoying this new found exploration from you (apologies if I follow in your footsteps!!!)

Anonymous said...

Not being an arts expert I'm unable to comment on the drawing as such, but the very idea of creating a character based on Anke-Eve Goldmann ist fascinating. I can only encourage you to pursue the idea. Looking at pictues of her it seems to me that leather is best reproduced by sharp contrasts of its black surface and bright reflexes of light on it.You may have a look at my flickr fotostream.