Second Sketch: Thinned down the torso but now the figure is way tall. You can see, though that I have some guides for the next drawing as to wher eI want to move different pieces.
Third Sketch(es): Some hand studies to figure out posing from an otherwise very awkward set of hands. The second one is actually stolen hands from daVinci's Lady with an Ermine.
Fourth Sketches: Working more on posing and some 3-D...ness. Happier with the height and width of the figure and the openness of the pose but once I got the shadows in I realized I didn't like the part where the fan is almost kissing the leg, the length of the necklace, or the flatness of the arm. I would like to see more depth to her right/ viewer's left arm. Also, probably going to forego the leg below the knee because it presents weird perspectiv eissues I don't want ot deal with on a personal piece.
Next round: The first of these two came along pretty fast, but the second had about a three week delay as I worked on other pieces and dadding. We're working more on the clothing now since most of the pose seems to be pretty stable. The lots of robes significantly cuts down of the efficacy of a sexy pose but there's still some work to do there,I think. Also, you can see on the first one that I haven't done anything about the arm with the fan yet. Also, Bayushi Kachiko is supposed to be super young and hot, right? You know what will totally make a person older looking and less sexy in a drawing? A Mask, and put up hair. Blech.
Current Sketch: I was focusing her emostly on the face, because it turns out that it's SUPER HARD to draw an Asian face without making it totally racist. I still don't think I've pulled it off completely, here, but there are probably a few tweaks I could make to help. The nose in particular was a super challenge that I had to draw again, and Again, and AGAIN! The angle for it is also kind of weird. Also on this latest sketch I feel her right/ viewer's left eye is kinda droopy on the outside of the face, and she doesn't look evil enough. She looks like she's kind of helping you up whereas I'm trying more for a temptation into her scorpion's den kind of feel.
Also, need ot layer up some of the robes in the last drawing. C&C, questions, and comments welcome.