More character experiments today. Am playing with the profile and accompanying expressions of a lead character from the junior novel I’m developing through the mentorship. She went through many different stages (and hair styles) in trying to capture a look that best defined her personality, but I think this one finally works. Am also learning to sketch using my wacom tablet. Luckily for me I like a loose sketchy line, because I can’t control it enough yet to get a smooth one! I just dropped some paper behind the sketches to give an impression of her colouring.
I noticed today that I’ve been listening to a lot of musical sound tracks while I draw. Chess. Les Miserables. Wicked (which I saw recently while in London and am a little obsessed with). I think it’s because the music has a clear narrative thread, which as a writer I particularly enjoy, and as an illustrator it keeps me thinking about characterisation. How characters change and grow. Either that or I’m just a bit of musical nerd. Always have been I’m afraid. Can’t get enough of them.