Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Paging Miss Page
Wow - it's been exacly a month since my last post! I hope the holidays treated everyone well. A lot has happened since Christmas and the January is already flying by.
Anyway, I didn't have much of an idea for how I wanted to treat this image of Miss Bettie Page. Clean in Flash? Roughed up a bit? Monochromatic? etc. I ended up liking the rough pencils but I started re-drawing her in Flash real clean like. I wasted my time there because I layed the pencils over top in the end so there was no need for perfect lines/shapes.
One thing I wanted to achieve from the beginning was to do the whole figure. I always seem to concentrate on the upper body of a character or I just run out of room for the legs. And because of that I feel my proportions are a bit weak. Just trying to make an effort to correct that I guess.
Below are the horrible rough poses that led up to my end piece. These drawings not only helped me find the pose, but it helped me find what felt right. At the start I imagined a seated pose or something where she was bent over or balled up - something contained or foreshortened. When I had 4 or 5 drawings to choose from it just came down to what I thought worked better for the image, the character. It's kinda hard to describe and it happens in your brain very quickly - how you're evaluating and making decisions and you don't even really know why. Or maybe ya do know why but you're not taking three times as long trying to put it into words for a blog :)