I’m thinking I’ll call this Sam and Dean portrait  “Together” instead of “Follow Me”. I’m thinking I shouldn’t name a piece until I finish it.

I have been working on the guys faces all the while knowing I should be doing more work on the background. I was worried about doing the left background area. There is supposed to be a smoking mountain top back there and I don’t have a good reference for this. I started trying to block in some billowy smoke rising up and combining with the clouds and it set my mind at ease a bit. I think I’ll be able to do this.

I started working a lot more on the background after I got past the artist’s block with the smoky mountain. It still needs a lot of work, but I think I’m headed in the right direction.

Still I have been jumping back to Sam’s face and hair and to Dean’s face too. I just can’t keep away. I toned down the reds in his face. Now that I’m working on Sam’s skin tone, it looked too red. Either I toned it down or I would have to bring Sam’s skin tones to the same level of red. There will still be a lot of tweaking and adjusting once I get both their face to the same level of applied color.

I have varied a few details from the original sketch. I thought it would be nice to have the boy’s hair being kind of ruffled by the wind. I decided this after I had already done a lot of work on Dean’s hair so I had to do some careful erasing. Even though his hair is really short, now it looks like it is being blown around a bit. I’ll probably still do some more work here. For Sam, I sketched in some flyaway strands and fluffed it up a bit. Hope I’m not biting off more than I can chew with this divergence from my reference photos!


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