While avoiding housecleaning and shopping, I suddenly had an idea for an illustration project that would be fun. My rule for starting it was that it had to be fast. I really wanted it to take about an hour but it took two - still not too bad. I love figure drawing, I want to practice it, and I love historical fashion. So I thought I'd do a fast figure drawing and then change it by making a character and adding clothes!
I have a favorite figure drawing online site here, and searched the Metropolitan Museum of Art site here for a dress. Screenshots of the images I used from those sites are above. My fast rough sketches are below.
I did a quick revision of the woman on tracing paper and then traced it onto bristol board using a light box. The final drawing was done in pen and ink. I didn't do a final sketch due to time; I just did the final details right in the ink drawing. I like how it came out. I'm sure I'll repeat this project again soon!