What if I tell a story in one only frame?
That was what I proposed with this composition. He was clear about the purpose but not the subject. When I started I was listening to a blues playlist and it influenced the result! : D
While sketching her face I imagined the story of a young aspiring blues singer, I do not know if she is excited to have found her great opportunity, or if it is for singing for a great producer, or if she has fallen in love with the lyrics ... Or of the pianist; but I feel that she is excited and she conveys it! I wanted to achieve that and a cinematographic aspect, with focus and lights play, an aesthetic that could well be of the 70s as ¿actual and something R&B and hipster? In short, above all I had to express an emotion, tell a story!
The making of!
The first thing I did was to frame the image with an approximate format that we currently use for feature films, so I delimited the space with which I wanted to work and give it that "movie" aspect, and I wanted to experiment with these types of frames that give more drama to the image since I usually draw my characters in close-ups or American planes in a very static way.
Then I started with the pose. I went to the point because as I said before some aspects were clear. I wanted a girl looking at someone but even if she was the protagonist of the plane to have dialogue it was by her expression when hearing the other character. In short, the character's pose serves to reinforce the emotion more than to practice anatomical drawing.
And then general color stains. I confess that until this point I worked everything went hand in hand but in fact I worked the character of the singer I finished it before the one of the pianist.
As part of the fact to give more shape to the characters with shading and some highlights I want to comment on the microphone. As you see I modified it a few times, at first I used my mental inventory but ended up looking for references, I wanted a recording studio microphone with a vintage air, from the 60's or 70's. Also to the story of that time, she wanted to give a current aesthetic but with 70's inspiration, with much flow (: D), wearing a hairstyle with shaven sides and a lot of afro up the side, I dropped some curls by the face ... for clothes and makeup I was inspired by Donna Summer, very red lips, a top or maybe an electric blue flared breast with a neckline that ties to the neck. I meditated make up his eyes but discarded it to keep more innocence in his eyes.
Something similar I did with the pianist. Do they belong to a bygone era? Do you wear vintage clothes? Who knows! : D He wears glasses of fat paste with dark crystals, very Stevie Wonder! At first he was going to be bald, then afro ... neither, short and bearded.
To draw to him had to be simpler, more to spots of light / shade because in the end this one would be a personage in penumbra and defocused; is playing the piano, that is his dialogue.
For the background I wanted a warm tone, I do not show it here but at first I put this dark crystal that is in the recording studios but it lost much the silhouette of the personages. I also considered putting a background with flashes and those light halos, those that are created around the lights in unfocused photos, with the idea of creating a magical moment but lost too much the situation of the characters so I decided to recreate a study of very simple music, with the right elements to indicate where they are.
Why detail the elements of the fund if they will end up in the last plane? Directly blurred the same outline!
Also at this point I applied a blur on the musician and later added a gradient of lilac to transparent to leave him on a darker plane, so she still has more relevance :)
With a filter of orange photography I included the illustration, I applied a filter of noise that also I blurred and to which I lowered the opacity to give the granulated effect of photography and I decided to conserve the lines of the outline, also in low opacity, because I feel that always they preserve the cool side of the moment you get to draw :)
What do you think? Do you tell a story? ;)
It really would be a joke that this "frame" was part of a film!
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Personal work to practice framing, lights and characters with the intention of telling a story and expressing an emotion
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