HB 0.5mm Mechanical Pencil on A5 Lined Notebook Paper
Firstly I would like to thank 赤羽律 (Akaba Ritsu) for letting me draw her (basing on her Instagram photo – link) and post this on my blog. If you are interested in her amazing cosplays, do look her up: here.
The inspiration of drawing the portrait in this layout stems from my experience after a tad few hours of playing Life is Strange, a game I would highly recommend you to give it a go and also a game that is centred around a photography student, Max Caulfield, whom you could go around and control her to take photos with her retro instant camera, which was why I tried to have it mimic a piece of instant film to capture that moment when the subject poses.
I thought it was quite ambitious to sketch this in a realistic manner since I was just half awake after dressing up at 0525 at camp. The blacked out face represents the frustration from repeatedly failed attempts from capturing the “perfect expression”, the innocence shown in the face, just as how *spoilers* Mark Jefferson has been pursuing in his twisted photoshoots with his victims and getting agitated while he gets undesirable results from them. This also achieves putting the portrait into the uncanny valley making it even more dark and macabre like Jefferson’s intentions and handling of the missing teenage girls he had taught, then taking them to his advantage with the influence of drugs such that they become more docile to be manipulated for his grotesque photoshoot in the Dark Room. The choice of paper relates to exercise notebooks used in schools, which relates to his profession as a high school teacher of photography; while it also relates to his darker side where his printed work is presented onto pages with hookholes, chained up into a portfolio – one for each victim of his – and locked up in a metal cupboard in the Dark Room.
In the making of this sketch, I would say Ritsu’s left hand was challenging to draw since there were quite a few fingers in a foreshortened position, not to say that it was in a rather awkward position and that the piece of paper I was working on is limited in area. Although not everything is portrayed accurately, I was quite satisfied with the darkness that dwells within the piece – sinister yet pleasing to the eye, like Jefferson’s shots of his victims.