If at first you don't succeed...


I'm no stranger to going back and fixing, even overhauling an older piece of art but I think this is the first time it's happened in such a short time amount of time.  : O

I was in the mood to doodle Kaori so I thought I'd shake things up and tried drawing her in a sort of Disney style...with mehhhhhhhh results.  I tried to keep things simple but I think I just got lazy.  Things weren't lining up, the colors were bland, her proportions were whack and her face was just plain weird.  Like with a lot of my art I thought I was just being too hard on myself as I am most of the time right after finishing a piece and decided to leave it be and just fix things the next time I draw her.

That wasn't to be.

It kept bugging me since stuff like Kaori's base pose, hair and expression worked.  So two days later I completely overhauled the piece.  Usually when I go back to "fix" something I'll redraw the eyes or tweak the colors.  But here I don't think there was a single piece I didn't at least adjust.  I fleshed out the sketch for like an hour or two, so much that I probably shoulda just drawn her all over again.  XD  I re-inked her from scratched and ditto for the colors.  Instead of going for a cel-shaded look I threw in a lot more blends.  Obviously me trying to go all Disney with Kaori wasn't working so I threw that idea out the window and went with my gut (it sounds cliché but hey it works!)

The results are night and day I think.  Looking back I don't think my first pass is as horrible as I made it out to be, but I'm glad it worked out the way it did since it gave me the kick in the pants to re-do the whole thing and I'm super happy with the results.  : D

So remember, kids.  Keep climbing that mountain!!!

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