Penny Dreadful - Vanessa Ives

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Penny Dreadful - Vanessa Ives
In 2014, I began watching the show Penny Dreadful.  I found it to be quite intriguing since it re-imagines some of literature's well known characters.  Currently I am viewing Season 2, which has be quite focused on the main character Vanessa Ives, played by actress Eva Green.

This year, I received a Press Pass to attend the Beauty Düsseldorf exhibition here in Germany.  This also included the Top Hair and the Special Effects Make-Up Artist Design Shows.  While at the exhibition I was able to hear Nick Dudman speak.  He is the the prosthetic designer on Penny Dreadful.  During his presentation, his assistant did a live transformation on stage of the Frankenstein character.
Needless to say I was inspired to created some artwork based on the show.  I chose Vanessa Ives because she is quite mysterious. 

I decided I wanted to create the illustration of this character in the same style that I did for the illustration of Robin Lord Taylor's Oswald Cobblepot (aka the Penguin on the series Gotham).  I felt both characters have an internal struggle with darkness, although we know that Oswald Cobblepot becomes quite villainous.  But I felt both characters are powerful even though they are dealing with the darkness within.  This type of illustration also give the character a type of purity, that I feel highlights their personal conflict.

I did face one issue with the illustration.  This is the second time that a light colored Promarker began producing neon pink ink.  I have been a fan of Promarkers for some time, so this is quite disappointing.  Instead of trying to fix the problem and make it worse. I decided to remove the Neon Pink in Photoshop.  However, I am now debating whether I should stop using Promarkers and switch to another brand.  Having this issue with the Neon Pink marks can seriously ruin an piece.  And when you have invested time in creating the image, the last thing you want is an issue to occur towards the end of the process.

Once again... my favorite mechanical pencil comes into play.
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