What I wrote about this at the time:
This one is probably going into my scraps. It is a sketch for a second Decemboobs drawing I made on December 31st , based on this Tumblr post. The girl in the picture looks like a grown-up Pippi Longstocking – not just because of the red hair but also because of the brightly coloured leggings, mismatched socks and expression of unabashed joy. It’s a lovely image, but boy did I fail hard at capturing it in digital pencils. Still, it is vital for drawing challenges like this that I show my work – succesful or not. You learn the most from the failures, and one thing I learned here is that I am not nearly as observant as I think I am. I would not have noticed the second person’s foot in the pucture, or the slippers hidden beneath the purses, if I hadn’t gone through the whole reference image systematically.
In January, my focus is going to shift to faces! Faces are the thing that needs fixing the most urgently.
Updates: I did not move the image to my DeviantArt scraps. The source image still exists on Tumblr at the time of writing.
That’s one month of drawing challenges covered. If you’re reading here, you’re seeing them run at a much faster pace than when they were done. Over three years of challenges including two more months of Decemboobs, three of Portrait January, one Inktober, a NaNoMango and a Fatvent Calendar, you will see the range and quality of my photoreferenced and other art improve. Challenges have been a lot more effective for that than comics.
The first Portrait January will be posted at a rate of one a day. I didn’t come anywhere near completing one month, so it’ll be over by the time actual January of 2019 starts.