So I finished the first in my series of drawings/paintings of all the same picture! The first done is Graphite Pencil, size 12"x16". Here I have the 9 stages of production.
Here, just the very basic layout.
Starting a bit of shading, some background and the shadow on her neck. Brought her arm in a little, shortening it a bit.
More shading around, working on a few details.
Darkening the shadows, adding more. Put in the basics of her ear.
Starting to put in the black background as a lighter shade of gray. Working more on facial details, and side shadows.
Finally drew her eyes. Put in a lot more shadows on her arm and neck, a little on her dress. Darkening her hair.
This one is a little blurry since I took it at night.
Adding more black to the background. Worked a lot on her hair, and softening the shadows on her skin.
Background fully colored in, just a few minor details left.
And here it is, finished. I didn't quite get it to look as much like her as I'd hoped, but hopefully that will improve as I continue to draw/paint it.
I used graphite pencils, 4H, 2H, HB, 2B, 8B.
Next up: Acrylic Paints. This will pose more of a challenge, since I will have to take a black and white photo and turn it into color.