I tried to build the image up from a warm underpainting towards the brightest spots. It is very interesting to see how he uses greys on some edges to help make the form turn away from the viewer.
Also I am trying to get used to the Mixer Brush in Photoshop lately. It feels like a different approach to painting, since picking the right spot to load the brush makes a lot of difference to the outcome and calls for a new approach to painting. At least for me it does. Also it is a lot of fun and you should try it if you can and haven't already!
It took a while to understand the simple volumes underlying the texture.
On the left studies of mice, on the right a comic-mouse from memory.
This drawing was a lot of fun and showed me that I am making progress. Months ago I couldn't have done a drawing like this without using reference photos. But now, after designing a lot for my clients, having a workflow of building from simple volumes up to the details and doing studies to really understand and not just copying stuff, I was able to pull it off.
To be clear, I am not saying I am good at drawing, designing or whatever, I know I still have a lot to learn. But it feels really good to see that all the work and studying is paying off and that I am improving!
So here's to improving and enjoying improvement!
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