SenshiStock. I like her poses specifically because they're clothed. Nude models are incredibly helpful & I highly recommend life drawing classes, but if I'm drawing at my kitchen table surrounded by my kiddos I'd rather use clothed models.
I knew I wanted a medium to dark skin tone. There's a wonderful image I found on Pinterest that served as color reference & a rough model for my paper doll's face.
Once I did all of that, I scanned my image and brought it into Photoshop. I knew this was going to be a Photoshop project right from the beginning.
There's a much more thorough breakdown here -- I've been working on this technique for a while! First, I inked the sketch. I gave it a thicker outside line using a stroke style. Then, I gave it a flat color. I started added shadows and highlights, blurring as needed. It still looked really flat so I overlaid a brighter, warmer brown and that helped tremendously! I kept layering lights & darks, then added the face and clothing.
Once that was finished, I knew I wanted a border and background that would be on every page of the series. I also needed a title. I settled on The Eclectic Wardrobe of Josephine. I needed something descriptive and a cool name. Now, I love The Tragically Hip -- a fantastic Canadian band -- and they have a song called Goodnight Josephine, which I love. And then, there's the amazing Josephine Baker, so really the name was perfect for this project.
I'm not sure what I'm going to do with this project long-term. As much as I can stand, I suppose!
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Here's the final version of page one. I wanted a little mix & match capability. More pages will make that more fun, of course. If anyone plans on printing it out, let me know. I can post it with a white background if there's a need for it.
I'm pretty excited to have a new project. There will still be a Friday paper doll in one of the various mix & match series.
Let me know what you think! Should be a fun little adventure for all of us!