Hi dudes and dudettes! I am back with another set of photos of a new artwork I just did because I woke up for some reason at 4:30 in the morning and couldn't get back to sleep. It's a different medium than what I've posted in the last few threads... assortedly coloured ballpoint pens. I hope the resemblance is decent enough that you would have known who it is without the title of the thread. I think the cheekbones are a little heavy but that's pen for ye, irreversible and god-awful if you use white out.
The reason I decided to draw Miss Carmouche is that she seems like an awesome representative for women's MMA, with her positive personality (Did you see her smiling after she lost? What a rare sight.), and her awesomely entertaining performance against Ronda Rousey. I am also very pleased that there is now an openly gay fighter in the UFC, particularly since she is a chick and it was great to hear about her experiences in the army as I was in a closeted relationship for 6 years (I was out, she wasn't) and get where she is coming from to a certain extent. Life eh? Now I am in a happy relationship with a dude but you know, you never forget what having to hide a part of yourself feels like. Hopefully with Liz Carmouche being in the UFC more fighters will have the courage to come out.
Anyway, let me know what you think:
This one is just the linework so I wouldn't fuck it up too badly. I layer the source image over the paper and flick it back and forth while drawing in the basics so I get the positions as quickly and easily as possible.
I find that with multi coloured pen drawings it is best to work from the lightest colour to the darkest. That way if anything is off slightly you can enhance the position with a darker colour.
I think at this stage I added some aqua/green pen. Gradually darkening the image until it makes sense.
Time for black! It actually starts to look like her here. That's one of the most fun parts of making artwork, when it starts looking like what you want it to.
Hair.... Long hair can be fiddly. Hair can be fiddly. Just thought I'd make the highlights red because red is bright.
Bare bones background, as usual. At this point I have used all of my pens in roughly this order: orange, green, red, black, purple and blue.
Couldn't have done it without the hard work of the photographer.
Anyway, that's about it. Cheerio. :)