So I tried painting a person. I figured that what Im really lacking is an idea behind my pictures. A story so to say... and I haven't really done any characters so I thought I'd try it out. So I picked a reference image of Aki Hoshino to keep me interested. I didn't manage to get that cute asian look and well.. it doesn't look like her at all :p But it does look like a girl!
I spent so much time on the face and it still looks a little bit off from a real human :/ I think it is mainly the eyes but ya..
Argh.. and now I accidentally opened Adobe Bridge (I hate it!) when I was going to find the reference...
EDIT: Right, I didn't explain what storytelling had to do with painting people. Basically people are really good reference points for other people. If I just make a mountain is it hard to tell... well.. a lot of things. What it is.. why it is there.. uhm.. well.. the story. Having people around makes it easier to tell the story. Also Ive been avoiding characters but ya.. I felt it was time to try it out.
I also made some silhouette tests but ya.. gotta train some more on those.
EDIT#2: For workflow... I basically picked my own colors (always good to try picking your own colors). I didn't really use the splotches you see on the image since I just pick from the image instead. Also it was kind of difficult to match the colors with the one from the image cause of color relativity. Like I kept thinking I picked the right color... and I did.. but it looked off cause of neighboring colors.
Actually I didn't pick the colors until I had a basic sketch that looked decent. Didn't care too much about the face on the sketch except that the nose/mouth/eyes had well.. decent proportions. In the sketch stage I had most problems with perspective since she's.. uhm... half-lying down.. not sure what that pose is called.