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I'm afraid my art has suffered of late. Due to declining health, I've had little time or energy for the things I love.

The only thing I've drawn lately is a nude croquis, which I'll use in creating fashion sketches. See, instead of drawing a whole figure every time I want a new fashion sketch, I've done a series of models in different poses that I can pick from. I like having variety, so I'm always working on a new croquis. This last one took me ages to finish, partly because of my health, and partly because her hair gave me fits. I usually have some difficulty with the hair, especially getting the colors to look natural, but this time . . . I dunno, but it gave me so much trouble! I must have started her hair completely over at least five or six times. And once it was done, I realized the coloring was way off, so I had to tweak the hue/saturation a bit. But at last, she's done. And, I might add, her hair looks great!

I usually learn at least one new technique with every new croquis I draw. This time, I realized that I can add a whole new level of realism just by increasing the shadow contrast. By making the darks darker, it adds a layer of dimension to the model, helping her look more real. In comparison, my old croquis now look faded and washed out. I also figured out a MUCH better way of drawing eyes, eyebrows, and eyelashes, so they look natural and not completely artificial. (Hmm. I may need to do a tutorial on my new methods . . . .) In any case, I'm tempted to go back and "enhance" my previous sketches, improving the contrast, as well as the eyes.

I've always been of two minds about going back to improve old work. On the one hand, I'll be using these sketches for business purposes (illustrating the covers of doll sewing patterns), so I'd like them to be the best I'm capable of producing. If that means going back and adding contrast, I'll add contrast. If it means redoing the eyes, then I'll do it. On the other hand, I'd prefer to keep a visual record of how my artistic style and skills have progressed over the years. If I'm constantly reworking old sketches, I'll destroy my own history. I suppose the solution is obvious. . . . My current sketches are all digital, which means I can easily redo them, using "Save As" to keep the original files untouched.

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Lisha Vidler
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
United States
I am a writer and sewing instructor who dabbles in art. I plan to share my fashion sketches, along with photos of my historical costumes and doll costumes.
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