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Let me just say, I’m still delighted with the likeness. In fact, I think this one is a lot better. Also, I inked it almost entirely with brush and ink, which I’ve never done before. One thing I learned is that apparently when it comes to brushes I have hands like a gorilla and I am going to going to have to go down a size or two from my size 0 brush (the strokes don’t look that big, but this was on 11×17 paper*). Another thing I learned is that I love painting, but inking with a brush is pretty awesome, too. And, for the record, that’s about the best hair I’ve ever drawn.
If I were you I would be asking how I made this kind of improvement in one day. In fact, I’m me and I’m asking that. (I might be about to bore you and I will forgive you if you stop reading past this point.) I woke up this morning thinking about last night’s drawing – it’s seriously one of the worst drawings I’ve ever done in my adult life and possibly in childhood, so I woke up pondering what I did wrong. It turns out that one should have a plan before one starts a final drawing. I started yesterday’s drawing with an idea, and a bunch of reference photos of the Divine Miss Lynn, and not much else in terms of plans. Well, to be fair, I did some body sketches, but my drawing was nothing like them – for example, they weren’t stiff and uncomfortable looking. I also spent about an hour and half this morning watching videos of comic artists drawing**. And I watched some tutorials on inking that were really helpful. Lastly, I dug through my box of comics and found some images that were sort of like what I thought would be good – my image isn’t a slavish imitation, though***. I just needed some body language (although, to be fair, that’s the hardest part of comic drawing). (I really needed a leg up, okay?!??) It took about 2 1/2 hours, which doesn’t sound like that big of a deal except that I’ve seen real artists do more elaborate drawings than this in front of an audience in about 45 minutes. That’s one of the many ways you can tell the hacks from the pro’s, apparently.
I kind of started to chicken out on this one at the end – I really think it needs some more black and shadows, but I was just too afraid to fuck it up. After yesterday, I’m sure you understand. Anywho, let’s take a moment to enjoy some of the lady’s music, shall we?
I think this song from her album with Jack White is as good as anything on Johnny Cash’s American Recordings.
* I had to use a camera to get this one because the platen on my scanner is only 8 x11, hence the weird shadows around the edges
**GOD BLESS THE INTERNET
*** If you’re looking for a challenge, it’s a Wonder Woman cover. I’ll personally mail a crisp new dollar bill to the first reader to correctly identify which issue. Usually I have my butler do that kind of thing.