Babs Dodge



2008-11-23

For this drawing I started with nothing but a simple skeletal form, flowing in the general motion that I wanted to end up with, and then fleshed things out from there bit by bit. I did occasionally look at some pictures for reference, but I didn't copy anything, so this one is completely original work. It also took forever, partly because the originality of the picture was difficult for me, and partly because I just haven't had as much time to work on drawing in the last month.

The feet, hands, cheeks and ears all took an agonizingly long time to do, and I'm still not entirely happy with them. (You've no idea how hard it is to get those giant feet to bend!) However, this drawing took so long that I finally started getting tired of it, and decided to go with what I had, rather than get frustrated and give up. Besides, the paper was starting to wear out from all the erasing.

Babs is supposed to be leaping from one place to another. At least, that's what I had in mind. I imagined that she was dodging something coming at her, or perhaps just leaping from stone to stone across a stream. It's not supposed to look like a move a ballerina might do, although I admit it sort of turned out that way. I say sort of because if I'd been going for a classic ballet pose then I'd have probably tried to make the form a bit more perfected and stylized. Instead, I was going for some kind of realism, which may or may not have been a good idea.

I also decided to draw her from the back because I didn't want to have to deal with her front, since it's a lot more complicated. But now that this one is done, I may have to try the same pose from the opposite point of view, just to see if I can do it.

Update: I did a quick coloring using a background from the show, just to see what it would look like. I may try to do a better coloration later.


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