Decemboobs 2016, Day 18: Tsholofelo Maseko again.

Day 18:

Digital color drawing of model and actress Tsholofelo Maseko in traditional Ndebele dress, with a brightly-colored wrapping cloth and a brightly-colored parasol in her hands.
Model and actress Tsholofelo Maseko in traditional Ndebele dress, with a brightly-colored wrapping cloth and a brightly-colored parasol in her hands.

What I wrote about this at the time:

For Entry 18, I revisited the short movie Ephasini Lamabhudango and its lead actor Tsholofelo Maseko. The last time I drew her, I didn’t get a good look at her costume in full, which is one of the most awesome thing about it. My wife, who doesn’t only kick my ass at drawing on a regular basis, but also knows more than I ever will about ceramics and textiles, once at a comics convention, showed me a sample of Japanese fabrics that she said was every bit as artistically accomplished as any of the original art on display at that con. I can’t tell from looking at a movie if this Ndebele traditional outfit is at that level, but it is a complex design that deserves to be explored more. I think I did an OK job on it, though I haven’t quite figured out an easy way to depict the lacework on the collar; the bits where it looks a bit faded because I painted it on the model’s skin while coloring works better than the bit I drew in ink.

On the whole, I am more happy with this one than I’m unhappy with it. I sampled most of the colors from the reference photo to get around the color accuracy issues I discussed earlier, and that seems to have worked. The face could have been better. I might draw her again during January when I plan to do another series of portraits like I did this year.