Whoo boy. That is uh…that is a face right there. Wow. A couple of years ago I decided I wanted to do a sexy cold war femme fatale á la James Bond with a little bit of Metal Gear Solid aesthetic thrown in. I dubbed her “Natasha” and thought she looked pretty good at the time. In fact, I’ve included the full image of her in my portfolio and on my website since I first made her all the way up to today, and while I thought most of her still looks great her face suddenly looked wrong, like someone shot her in the face with muscle relaxant. What is going on with her lips and that chin?
Well the good thing about being embarrassed by old drawings is that it’s a healthy symptom of improvement. If you can look at something you were once proud of and say, “actually this isn’t quite right”, well then it means you’ve learned something in the interim and you’re now a better artist than before.
I went back and fixed the face and you can view the full image in the pinups gallery. It’s probably not perfect and in a few years time may not look great, but I got rid of the most heinous errors and so can live with it now. It sort of feels like cheating, going back and correcting something you once declared “done” but then this site is also meant to help me get jobs so I should always be putting my best foot forward, but more importantly: LOOK AT THAT FACE (barf).