continuing the reveal of my senior thesis projects is the poster for feist.
this piece was so awful to do- i’m glad it turned out as well as it did.
bear with me, this will be a long post as i take you through the whole process in order to stress the importance of good preliminary sketches and planning. i’m glad that my lesson learned didn’t affect my ability to finish all four on time. (did i mention i was actually done a few days early? unheard of!)
so initially it was just that i had chosen such an awkward angle that sketching proved to be very difficult- as is evidenced by the quality of my earlier sketches and color study:
and i never did get adequate reference since it’s basically an anitomically impossible pose. (the first of many annoying problems during the process of this piece) i ended up having to redraw the main figure after the final full size lineart was critted (this is before):
awkward, right? i know. so she was almost completely overhauled, and this is what i turned in before winterbreak:
the only reason i’m posting this version is because of how much more amazing the final version looks by comparison.
the first important crit for this piece was that i had to redo the lineart to match how i had done it for the first piece. it was a completely experimental process involving frosted mylar and watercolor pencils- but it really stuck with ralph and he insisted i do everything that way from now on. (post-ely the method hasn’t lasted very long, it’s pretty time consuming- but i’ll keep it around for special occasions).
it’s also important to note at this point that the video card in my laptop up and dies (literally moments before i had planned to back-up my files- another lesson learned the heart-attack way). fortunately for me, my files were easily recovered, unfortunately my laptop was sent out to apple and i lost all of my swatches and presets, and was banished to the uncalibrated studio computer. which was only available to me during open school hours (which is super inconvenient when i work until 10pm all weekend).
not to whine (because i know several students worked that way the entire semester) but having to do 3 of 4 elys on the schools computers was extremely frustrating.
in spite of all that- i finished, it’s done, and i’m still very proud:
we all had problems, some more than others, but congratulations to everyone who finished on time.