Monday, 6 September 2010


So, as part of the mini 4 Week Challenge for Zero2illo (which will probably end up taking me 4 months) here is Susan, completed in gouache and indian ink. We've been asked to blog our progress, so here she is from conception to completion!

Preliminary sketch:

Note the Scary Monsters album cover, oh how I LOVE this cover art. A big inspiration, let alone Bowie himself.

Photoshop sketch to establish colourway:

This is probably the first time I've been this organised with preliminary stuff. But it really helped and saved time and frustration in the long run. If only my art teacher could see me now...along with my penchant for outlining everything which he hated, I was always marked down for my lack of prep. Finally sir, I've learnt the error of my ways.

Taking brush to paper:

Adding colour and detail:

And finally, the outline:

I've had to take this picture at a slight angle so as to avoid glare from the ink outline. Hopefully I'll get a lovely clean scan soon...once I find an A3 scanner.


Meredith said...

great job! love seeing the different steps of the process.

Laura Nuttall said...

Thanks Meredith! Documenting it has been really useful and I'm sooo pleased with the results.