So I used to do quite a bit of sketching in highschool and took a drawing class my Freshman year of college. Since then life has gotten busy and I haven't made time for drawing. However I've always regretted this. You see I used to love to draw, it was one of the few things I was good at in highschool and it provided me my primary creative outlet back then. At any rate, I've been meaning to get back to drawing for some time, and moreover have really wanted to learn how to paint. Well, I discovered GIMP last January and, after being inspired by the artwork of my fellow Opites decided to go for it.
I started with an old "rough sketch":http://i843.photobucket.com/albums/zz351/arsheesh2/Age%20of%20Legends/Mara1-1-1.jpg of a character (Mara) that I had done for my Age of Legends campaign about a year ago. I had scanned the image into my computer back then in order to upload it to my site. The image is pretty low resolution, but since this is really just a trial run for me I'm OK with that. Anyway, I then did some web research on how to paint in Photoshop (most of the GIMP tutorials were woefully bad). Once I was confident that I understood the basics, I went to work on painting the face of Mara.
It took allot of trial and error trying to figure out flesh tones and blending, but after several hours I feel that it is starting to come together. I wanted to share my WIP with you guys since it was your creativity that inspired me to take up artwork again. At any rate, here is what I've got so far: "Mara WIP 1":http://i843.photobucket.com/albums/zz351/arsheesh2/Age%20of%20Legends/Mara_WIP_1.jpg. As you can see, I haven't gotten very far. I still need to add highlights to the hair, and I feel like there is something wrong with her neck, but I'll get to that later. At any rate, thanks Dusk, SHIN and Dyluth; you guys are really the ones that provided the impetus for me to want to learn how to do this.