So, this is a revisit of my first Sakura piece done almost a year ago now.Â I really wasnâ€™t satisfied with how it turned out as time went on, and I decided to redo it completely. Still used the same photo reference from Pepstock as my base.
Anyways, the hair is much better this time around and looks more like Sakuraâ€™s. Iâ€™m still not completely satisfied, but my technique is getting better. I had to redo it several times actually, until I went with the version that I have here now. I kept falling into the habit of trying to draw every strand each time. What Iâ€™ve ended up with here is putting in blocks of color for the lights/darks and then just adding some strands over top. Itâ€™s working for now, but I think Iâ€™ll need to refine the method.
Looking between this and the original version â€“ I canâ€™t believe how blotchy my shading was on that. Howâ€™d I let myself get away with that? Still, if there was no improvement, nothing would ever change. Plus I feel my use of colors is getting better as well. Iâ€™m not relying on darker versions of the base color for all my shading.