I have decided, after some debate recently, that I am going to continue with the timed challenges for the foreseeable; they’re challenging and fun! With that, I redressed the wheel with a fresh set of values, which should be sufficient for a couple more months of time-tested fun, at least. This time around I was given 180 minutes to work on a drawing referenced from the wondrous Reddit Gets Drawn.
And what a photograph we have this week! A stunning ensemble and wicked pose, I would have been a fool and a half not to have had a go with this. I was quickly thankful, though, that this was a three-hour exercise, as it’s unlikely I’d have got anywhere near completing the garment with anything less. I created the stripes using the polygonal lasso tool – it was a bit fiddly at times, but came out with smoother and more accurate lines than my brush strokes were doing on first attempt, and indeed the end result looks a slight departure from my usual angle, which is a positive, though I’m not sure if neglecting most skin tone was a good idea. In the dying moments, I added a sepia gradient map just to try and scream ‘period’ even more.
This would probably look lovelier as a vector piece if someone wanted to take to Illustrator (or similar) and give it a punt; my skills with vectors still leave a lot to be desired, and I didn’t fancy trying it in the time limit.
I enjoyed this. The outfit was a slog, but a fun one nevertheless.
Here is the comment thread, which contains many other lovely recreations of this photograph.
Until we spin again!