I thought I'd share with you one of the processes I go through with a sketch that may or may not end up in one of my art journals. I still consider myself to be a beginner when it comes to drawing. Especially when it comes to full bodies and poses. I always need reference material to help me get the body portions somewhat correct.
Here's my original sketch. I have an idea for this sexy strange thing that's still brewing and I really like the pose. So to recreate the sketch without the gas mask I really really should have just sketched it again. This would have been great practice. But no, laziness always wins with me and I traced it. I am a huge fan of tracing my own art work. Let me tell you why:
- I can rework some parts of the body to create a slightly different pose
- It's a way of keeping my own reference material
- It's a way of smoothing out sketch lines especially if I"m trying to turn the sketch into a stamp.
- The sketch may have taken an hour, tracing is a few minutes