Despite the obviously unfinished look of this painting, I am happy with the way it turned out. The painting is of a photograph by DeviantArt user hakanphotography, titled “Little Miss Broken 21,” which you can find here. I chose it for its well-dressed subject (girl who likes to draw girls here!), and the way the light plays off the woman’s shoulder and the leaves in the background – actually, there had to be bits of green in the picture, otherwise I wouldn’t have gone for it; green is my favorite color.
I’ve had this sitting for months, saved and unpublished, over at my blog on Tegaki E before I decided to drop the ax on it earlier today. Reasons behind this decision stemmed from the difficulty level of the project, lack of resources and interest, and bad timing. Coloring is most certainly not my forte, and the first time I had to paint in a realistic manner, I had to do it on Tegaki E of all places! Everything on one layer with practically zero of the conveniences that Photoshop and Corel offer.
Other roadblocks occurred when my PC died, which still has yet to be replaced, leaving me with only the Cintiq I have at work, where downtime is few and far between (and, anyway, when your job is drawing on a bright screen all day, the idea of giving your eyes a rest at the first opportunity seems very appealing, doesn’t it?). Then the studio blocked DeviantArt, which is really ironic if you think about it.
Fast forward to today: I had a bit of downtime, but just as I was about to begin painting again, I remembered the latter, and thought, “Screw it!” Entry submitted. I figured that it’s time for something new, anyway.