I decided to do a portrait of one of my best friends this past week. I once again used my friend Kristen as reference because her hair is extremely challenging to draw, and I felt I needed the practice on simplifying hair.
The portrait started out nicely, and with the help of illustrator and artist, Ron Chan, I began using a new method of digital coloring that saved me a lot of time. While experimenting with this new method, I stumbled onto a way of “color pushing” as it is commonly known to vary up my line work color. This technique is commonly seen in the work of Adam Hughes (who is of great inspiration to me). The technique that cleanly creates this effect has eluded me for nearly 18 months now since I first noticed it in the work of several prominent cover artists. It was a stylistic choice that I felt would mesh well with the kind of work I like to do. I finally figured it out (at least in part) and shall be incorporating it into my future works where appropriate.