Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Engineer redux

Hey there, and happy new year!

I couldn't help myself – I've always disliked the way I rendered the face in this painting of my engineer character, and lately it just got too much to ignore. To me it always made her look a bit severe, or undernourished, which wasn't the look I intended with the original line drawing.

So – as if I didn't already have enough to do – I went and changed it, didn't I:

I padded out her cheekbone, softened the jaw-line slightly, gave her a little more colour, and did another pass over the whole face with a brush to smooth things off a bit. I think the new version is definitely an improvement. She now looks more like the character I've had in my head for so long.

For interest, here's a comparison of the original pencil drawing, the original painting (centre), and the new version:

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Oh! Much healthier! I thought she looked fine before but now she is even finer. Luverly!

  2. Christian is on to something. In the first image, she looks like she's thinking "Im dying", but now she's thinking "Maybe I'll have a tuna sandwich for lunch".
    The point is, great change!

  3. Hey, thanks guys! Really appreciate the feedback. I'm still thinking it was a good move to work back into this one, so that's a good sign :)