I don't take commissions often or ever if I can help it. Not because I don't like illustrating other people's characters, but because I'm terrible at managing my time. There is a list of excuses and straight up, I don't want to do it. I think I've only done two commissions in a reasonable amount of time. So when my friend asked me to illustrate her sorceress from a 5-year long campaign, I decided it would be fun.
I started off well enough. You can actually find the original preview sketch [HERE].
Then school picked up. Then I fell into a slump. Then real life. Then I forgot about it.
This commission has been hanging over my head for two years. So I finally just did it.
I started over. I think a lot of why I never finished the original sketch was because I did everything in Photoshop, from the sketch to the grayscale base, then coloring over it. It never felt right. So when I decided to finally finish the commission, I was just better to start from the beginning.
On top of not really liking the old process I used, I found the old pose too static. This was a sorceress that bathe the world in flame, I felt like she would not just be standing there. So with a lot of adjustment layers and masking, I finally finished Adara.