Portraits

Éowyn

delphina rose | paper and cloth by Rebecca Elam
Miranda Otto as Éowyn in The Lord of the Rings.
delphina rose | paper and cloth by Rebecca Elam
First I drew the side outline of her face, and started filling it in top-down. However, when I got to her chin, it was much shorter than I had originally anticipated. The middle line is how long her chin should be.
delphina rose | paper and cloth by Rebecca Elam
Chin fixed, shading and hair begun.
delphina rose | paper and cloth by Rebecca Elam
More sketching. If I had wanted it to be only greyscale, I would have just kept shading.
delphina rose | paper and cloth by Rebecca Elam
Ready for color. The main features are delicately outlined with a black felt-tip pen, to preserve their shape once we hit them with smushy layers of colored pencils.
delphina rose | paper and cloth by Rebecca Elam
Fine shading with a hard blue architect’s pencil, which belonged to my mom. This pencil can be erased completely, which is great.
delphina rose | paper and cloth by Rebecca Elam
Added Crayola mahogany. Crayola pencils have harder leads than finer varieties of pencil, so they allow more delicate shading (and they don’t break so easily). Also added blue felt-tip marker in her eyes.
delphina rose | paper and cloth by Rebecca Elam
Added Prismacolor peach. Prismacolors have super-soft leads and they break like nobody’s business.
delphina rose | paper and cloth by Rebecca Elam
Added Prismacolor sienna brown. Brown adds warmth and dark, unlike yellow/black alone.
delphina rose | paper and cloth by Rebecca Elam
Added Crayola pink. It’s the only pink I have.
delphina rose | paper and cloth by Rebecca Elam
Added… dun dun dun… white! It’s the best for blending colors and saturating the paper with wax for a smooth look. This one is Crayola, but for more blending I use Prismacolor.
delphina rose | paper and cloth by Rebecca Elam
Her face was looking pretty dirty, wasn’t it? But now, with a permanent marker background, the colors fit into perspective.
delphina rose | paper and cloth by Rebecca Elam
But ew gross. We could see permanent marker strokes! Just cover the marker with Prismacolor indigo blue and dark umber, and we’re good to go. Nice, saturated dark background, with minimal smears.
delphina rose | paper and cloth by Rebecca Elam
The End. More architect blue and gold metallic pencil in her hair, darkened the dark spots some more with dark umber, and gave the whole thing a good coat of canary yellow.
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