The image above is what I think of as a bread-and-butter pose. Over an artist’s lifetime, you’ll drawn poses like this one hundreds of times. It still doesn’t hurt to remind yourself of how they work from time to time. And of course, even a familiar, simple source image can become a study in... something. In this case, knees, as it turned out. The image source is the post “A Last Touch Of Sun” from The Outdoor Co-ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society and you can see the lady has interesting knees.
It’d have been a lot clearer in the drawing itself if I hadn’t found myself wondering what I was going to do with it after the (digital) pencil sketch was done. I decided to add a layer underneath it (in Sketchbook Pro 8) and colour that in with Copic Markers. My wife is a wizard with Sketchbook’s Copic Markers, because she grew up with them. I... did not. They’re not part of the school toolkit in the Netherlands - we got Wasco instead. Anyway. I made the layer, but instead of coloring on it, I stayed on the pencil layer and made a bit of a mess out of the whole thing. And I decided to stop there and then. So you’re getting a part-finished, part-messed-up image today. Actually, I kind of like the energy it gained from the rough coloring with the Copic Markers. It’s not clean and polished, but it has something, y’know?
I’ll probably stick with images from the Outdoor Co-ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society for a few more days, because it saves me time looking for other sources. Not the whole month, though.