Woman of Sakura (pt 2)


Coming in from doing the hair, I wanted to focus on the face and neck. I know this is the hardest part because there are so many adjustments with the skin. I started with a purplish tone and started add warmer flesh color tones as time went on. I wanted to get more of an opaque look, as I think transparent skin is not very cool, except maybe for a lizard. This is a beautiful woman we’re talking about, so I need to come prepared and enthusiastic if something good is going to happen here. And of course, don’t forget to bring your heart to the party. Nothing like a mechanical artist with no heart. I’m glad that’s not me.

I’m also playing with the light more. This part has dogged me for years, as I used to struggle with getting the right kind of light in the right place at the right time. Now was the time, especially in the hair and neck area. I also made very thin light lines in parts around the outside of the lips, chin and eyes. You have to pick in choose and not go overkill. One dab of light can make a huge difference.

You have to go beyond copying a photo. Why make a painting if copying every little detail is your motivation. Not mine. I need a little structure and then once I get the certain tones and light down, I go off and choose my own colors. I plan to really put some color in the woman’s kimono. Stay tuned…