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Lady Romana i Drawing

Back in May of this year, I decided to draw a friend of mine a picture of Romana i from Doctor Who as a gift. Drawing this picture was very hard for me to draw because I visualized Romana in an art nouveau style setting. (And I couldn’t get that idea out of my head) I’ve been having trouble, and plenty of self doubt, about my ability to draw in an art nouveau style, but I gave it a try anyway.

After sketching one failed drawing, I ended up drawing, and liking, this….

romanaiv scaled twice

*Clicking on the drawing will take you to the deviantART submission of the same drawing*

As usual, I worked on this painting in Gimp with a Bamboo Wacom tablet, but I did something different with this drawing. I first drew the picture on sketch paper using a .5 and .7 mechanical pencils. Then, I took a photo of the drawing (My scanner wasn’t working at that time), imported it into Gimp, began to trace the lines, and then colored the picture. It was a far harder process to go through and I could have easily colored the drawing on paper, but I imagined the colors of the drawing to be more bold than the makers and colored pencils I had could accommodate. So, I went the extra mile with this drawing. I also learned more about how to take a photo of a drawing on paper without making the lines get washed out. (It’s easier said than done!)

After finishing the drawing, I’m very pleased with the result! The only problem is trying to figure out how to make a print of the drawing that makes the subtle differences of colors show! XD


  • Tarina

    This is really cool! I also make pictures in Gimp using a tablet pen. I scan the pencil drawings first and “trace bitmap” in Inkscape, which saves me drawing over lines again. You’ve done a really good job with this 🙂

    • essieofwho

      Thank you so much! I’m so happy I’m not the only one who uses a tablet pen with Gimp! I’m the only one who uses Gimp this in my group of “art” friends, but I like it a lot. 🙂

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