I actually had finished the graphite pencil part of this drawing ages ago but I held off adding colour for a long time, I guess it has always been the part that induces the most anxiety for me when it comes to the illustration process. I mean I’m always anxious starting a new drawing, even the pencil portion, but colouring is a whole different ball game! I realize that I have to learn not to overthink the process and stop feeling like everything I do is contrived. All I can say is that I’m working on the whole self-confidence thing, specially in my work. Anyways, moving on from the feels…I had a strong urge recently to take this little miss out and give her a bit more life with some colour, of course I was drawn to a more pinky soft palette. I hope you like!
Below are some progress shots:
I was drawn to this reference image as I really loved that the model was wearing an olive wreath, a symbol of peace. When I started the drawing, it felt so right because there was so much negative stuff highlighted by the press. A world without violence, hatred and intolerance seems somewhat impossible to achieve but if we all showed a little compassion, collectively it can amount to so much.