early pencil sketch. i used one HB pencil to do this (in those days i didn't even know that pencils existed in different shades!), using varying pressure on the paper to get the shade variations. the pic is actually of sherilyn fenn, but the newspaper review i referred to labelled her as sharon stone, hence the name.
poster-sized pencil sketch. scanned it in 4 overlapping parts and merged it. also used photoshop to make the black background uniform (in the original, the graphite is uneven in some places), and to add the cloth colour.
it's a story of frustration and gloom. i spent about 3 months sketching this in snatches and bits, in the midst of an incredibly busy work season (the bane of being a freelance creative person: you have months of idleness, and then there's a flood of jobs that NEED TO BE FINISHED YESTERDAY!). add to this a 'need-to-be-in-the-right-mood' artistic temperament, and you begin to understand how this went so wrong.
i'd finished her face (oh, those exquisite eyes, that nose, those lips...sigh...) and the top of her head. when i sat down to finish the lower curls, i'd lost the original image from my brain (i'd wanted to draw her hair differently from the reference pic), and tried to salvage it the best i could. the disaster you see here is the result. i didn't want to post this, but i'd promised her i would, so here it is. please don't judge her by this. in real life, her hair is as immaculately beautiful as her face.
ladies and gentlemen, presenting: the immensely talented miss elizabeth goodspeed! [link]