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I was excited about this illustration as soon as I started drawing it.
The idea and color scheme is inspired by Jonsi's Sinking Friendships - the song I set for the background of my process video. (see below)
I first drew the nose and lips and used my tortillion as a drawing tool for softer lines. I knew that the eyes will remain as white as possible. As you can see in the photos, there was some trial and error while I worked on the hair/background. I wanted to focus on the face and most the backgrounds I sketched out detracted from an etheral quality to the portrait.
The color palate was deliberate from the beginning. I wanted the portrait to be icy and powerful without the use of heavy black lines.
Like with most of my illustrations, I add textures to enhance the drawing. I painted the blues and purple forms with another project in mind, but I decided to scan the dried watercolors to use for textures for other projects. In this case, the watercolor background also narrowed down the color story.