Process for Rasheed Wallace and Tonya Harding cover of the Willamette Week.
The leg made the composition too wide.
I brought the leg in to make the composition a little tighter.
Usually I do one sketch that has the background and foreground. This time I thought I'd try doing separate sketches to see if that would speed up the process. It did!
I was able to adjust the brightness/contrast of the background in photoshop without having to interfere with the skaters.
Painting the background separately also made the process faster. If I had painted them together, I would have had to block out the skaters and paint in between their legs and arms. This way I could do quick washes without worrying about tape or masking fluid.
I wanted to make the skaters look nervous.
Here I was able to quickly photoshop the skaters on top of the background.
Willamette Week's art director wanted the illustration to be a little more fun and asked if I could redo Rasheed Wallace's face. I did a quick watercolor of just his head and tried to make him look like he's flying for the first time. She also noticed that Tonya Harding's hair looked too short (it was) so I gave her a hair piece. They were definitely great edits that made the illustration look better.
My final submission.
Ta-da! I'm pretty proud of it and I got a lot of good feedback.