Woman dressing

I've decided now to call my work based off Japanese woodblock prints, my Bijin  美人 series. Here's number 3 in the series. 

I had a lot of fun with her kimono patterns this time. Especially the wavy doodle part on her sleeve. It was very liberating just letting loose on what is otherwise a very prim and proper piece of clothing.  

 

Initial pencil sketch.  

Initial pencil sketch.  

It took me a while to get the proportions of her head / neck right lol. There were a few earlier versions where she had a scarily long neck..and I don't think that was the look I wanted. I finally got it right and started doing the lines.  

 

Pen

Pen

I played around with different line weight and was extra careful with her face, eyes and hands/fingers. As with all woodblock print women, they're so dainty and delicate. If I put just a little too much pressure on my pen, I would have given her a very different expression. After finishing up, I was pretty happy with her cold-ish 'this is just my routine' look.  

 

I pretty much started painting in random order lol  

I pretty much started painting in random order lol  

I also started adding patterns whenever I felt like it lol

I also started adding patterns whenever I felt like it lol

Final version  

Final version  

This is just about 20 minutes after I finished. This one took me about a day from start to finish. I'm really happy with the outcome. She's cold, cool and sexy. I'm also glad I got to experiment with the patterns on her kimono.