Friday, February 27, 2009

Illustration Friday - "Breezy"

We experienced our first Texas dust storm here last week - it looked like fog rolling in except for the loud howling of wind, car alarms going off and the power flickering on and off - quite the experience let me tell ya!

I really am trying to embrace our new lifestyle here (my consolation that night was 'at least it isn't snow') so I find my art being influenced by all things Texas. I used to think that cowboy [girl] hats were mostly for looks and also to keep out the hot sun - but now I believe they would definitely come in handy when those 'breezy' desert winds kick up!

I snapped a few in progress shots this afternoon while working on this sketch, so here's a bit of a step out...

1. I started out with a fine line sketch, then moved into my focal point - her face...



2. More tweaking on details, start to work in her jacket and give her hair more of a 'breezy', windswept look...



3. Worked my way across and added color for her t-shirt, then detailed her hand. I have more work to do on her jacket (I love the patterns and color but there is a lot of detail - whew!) as well as the edging of her hat.....


'untitled' colored pencil, kraft paper journal

Thanks for taking the time to visit. Have a great weekend y'all!

EDIT: Update: 03/01/09 - click here for the finished piece...

9 comments:

Kathleen said...

Wow, Laura!! I really really love this drawing!! Your line work is just perfect and the coloring is gorgeous!!
Bless you!

Tracy said...

This drawing is amazing. i love your attention to detials.

Alina Chau said...

Lovely illo!!

Jennifer White said...

Laura, this one is amazing... you really did an incredible job with her eyes. They are so intriguing and make me wonder what has her attention.

Have a great weekend Laura!

Indigene said...

Beautiful line work and coloring and I love your choice of paper!

Anonymous said...

whats not to like, another good one as usual. like the look in her eyes
you have captured. michael dailey

carla said...

Beautiful work, Laura! I always enjoy process posts - it's so much fun to see a work grow. This gal looks like she can handle a dust storm and pretty much anything else. I love the colored pencil on the kraft paper - it looks great! Excellent job all the way around:))))

studio lolo said...

Oh yeah, she's a texas gal!! And a beautiful one at that. Great job..can't wait to see her finished! I love her sultry expression ;)

Jim Rowland Creations said...

Wow - this is cool - what a cheeky look she is sporting!