This is the sketch that started it all. Though
the sketch is rather rough, sketches always have an energy that no finished
piece can ever quite achieve. I love my cleaned up version of Justice,
but I think this version just might be my favorite. This picture
was inspired by some morbid little part of me that was dissatisfied with the
rather tame depictions of the Goddess of Justice that are normally to be found
in courthouses and murals.
In the drawing of the picture I was practicing several things. First and foremost
was practicing drawing clothes, her clothes are supposed to be a kind of a
thin gossamer robe draped around her, similar to classical Greek depictions
of clothed figures. Second I was practicing proportion, positioning, and was
trying (but failed to) draw the figure being looked down on from a shallow
angle instead of just strait on. I think I must have picked the angle to be
too shallow. I was also practicing some tips and techniques I got from the
fun How to Draw Manga
and that shows up in her face and neck, as well as a little of her legs.
Finally, I was practicing cell shading because I'm quite frankly tired of
doing nice smooth realistic shading since it takes forever. Cell shading has
a look I just love, and it's vastly simpler and takes much less time.