I began by seeking out reference material. I examined how clothing swings when you suddenly turn, and what it does when you walk and are caught in the breeze on a balmy beach. (Since I didn’t have a balmy beach nearby some of this took place in my head and in my living room). I made about a million colour studies with pastels to find the right mood for the final painting and then I moved on to making watercolour sketches to decide how to make the watercolour work for what I had in mind.
Part of the story takes place in the future so for inspiration and the pure joy of it all I researched cyber punk and Chinese lanterns, and dark alleyways. I made a cyberpunk mood board on pinterest. This is something I like to do! A lot. I have collected a huge amount of reference material and inspiration there for other projects and for safe keeping.
I sketched out lots of ideas to find Engella and this is who emerged. I love adding energy and movement to my drawing – its so rewarding making the subject come alive and tell a story!
Bibliography and Inspiration
Anatomy Essentials, Imagine FX/Future Publishing.
Martin, Justin., Poses for Artists, Vol. 2, Standing Poses, Eagel Ink Factory, Justin Martin, 2016.
Music I listened to
All about Eve
I love you but Ive chosen darkness