I took a SmArt School online class with Dan Dos Santos, February-May 2016. It was fantastic! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Dan's an amazing teacher.
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The first assignment was a portrait of some kind.
Sketch of a sort of winter queen elf... (yeah, it needs a lot more thought! like can we have something a bit more detailled? story and personality -wise?)
Digital (Photoshop and Wacom Intuos)
Dan suggested maybe more of a headdress... I couldn't make it work, snow-queen-wise... My wintery designs were crap. So I went in another direction... Went for a more desert-like style and changed her to an antelope girl, and made her face 3/4 instead of profile...
Worked up digitally.
Put some texture around the doorway around her, cleaned up outfit--
More work tightening things up--jewelry, hair; put in a door so cast shadow falls across it--