Found this gem last month, browsing through devin graham's youtube channel, and found her... the amazing Lindsey Stirling. Never thought i'd fall in love with violin music again, and guess what, she made it even more awesome!
This was also a nice change of pace from my usual stuff, and a challenge since it had been awhile since i drew a real person. (I should do that more often)
Before i drew this though i checked around to see that no one had posted something like this, and found out why. I struggled with this because of the her dynamic pose, and because the pic i used was not all that clear and B&W. (Found out that it's a bad idea to draw when tired)
I don't remember how I discovered Lindsey Stirling; all I know is that it happened at the beginning of this past summer. The first video I saw of hers was We Found Love, and after watching it, I absolutely fell in love with her. (Hello biggest girlcrush since Emma Watson...)
Lindsey is magical and beautiful, and I'd been planning to draw her for a long time now. (I have so many different screenshot references of her from multiple music videos, but the problem is that she seems to get prettier with every video!) I LOVED her makeup/hairstyle in a scene from her Phantom of the Opera medley (www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCL94-… and finally decided to use one of the scenes featuring it as my reference. I didn't keep track of how long this took me, but my guess is LONG. Probably around 10 hours, maybe more. Sharpie and pencil portraits always take me the longest because I have to figure out how many distinct shades of grey I want to use. In this, I kind of ditched my usual approach of saying, "Okay, I want __x__ many shades of grey, so this area will be this shade, that area will be that shade, etc." I like how it turned out, though - sometimes having just one shade in one spot can look too flat but having two distinct ones would look too blocky.
ALSO, I GET TO MEET HER TODAY BECAUSE I HAVE VIP TICKETS TO HER SHOW AND I'M GOING TO SHOW IT TO HER AND ASK HER TO SIGN IT AND I AM SO EXCITED CAN YOU TELL
...And because I was frantically trying to finish this, I have not started my homework for tomorrow yet. #priorities