A few semesters ago, I touched up my Gretel painting to try to catch it up to the Hansel painting I had done. Now that I’ve redone my Hansel painting again, I realized Gretel really didn’t match him in style or skill. After tinkering around with it for a few minutes, I realized that perhaps starting over and repainting the entire thing would be faster than trying to fix my old painting to get it up to snuff. And so I did! Here’s my progress of the repaint:
First off, I decided to make Gretel a blonde to contrast Hansel, especially since they’re so similar in design as it is. This version was just an in-progress sketch, but I already knew that I needed to stylize her a bit more if I wanted to make her match Hansel.
The painting in progress got some feedback about her expression needing to be more defined. She didn’t look determined enough. I also thought that her clothes didn’t look good enough, so I decided to wipe out my old stripe-shirt design, and research what actual hockey shirts looked like.
I needed to decide on the shirt’s logo, and how I would render it. Did I want to go more realistic or stylized? I ended up choosing stylized to stick with the rest of what my project already looked like. I also got some feedback on the leg construction– although one leg was bent, it was about the same length as the other leg! I also had a few other things to fix up: wrinkles, reflected light, etc.
This sketch of Hansel makes me happy. I’m glad my roommate humors me enough to pose for silly drawings like this.
A layout that is riding the line of digital painting. I have color comps for the final painting in the works. It’s one of the interiors for my thesis.