I was looking through my recent illustrations and decided to try something unique. What if I combined the line work, color, and portraits all one?
Switching to digital, I utilized a pen brush to place fine lines to create texture and shadow on the figure. This was my first illustration of the three so far. I then drop in a black background and color the figure a solid tone. Then I go in and highlight the hair and key standout features along with darks; in this case the eyes, hair, watch, and belt buckle. This illustration lacked dark shadows, which I made sure to add in the others.
I created movement across the illustration by adding in the smoke crawling from one corner to another. This woman is my personal favorite; it came out the most crisp. The drawing below is the “sketchiest” version, but the shadows are the most pronounced out of the three.
I am going to create more drawings with different actions and colors, experimenting with line and color.