Was asked to do a portrait of a Woman's children. I work with the lady in question and she sent me a photo of her kids to use as reference. I've been playing about with a more loose sketchy way of colouring an image rather than using block colours. May try and mix the two and see what I can come up with.
Below is the original line art.
I use the original photo as a base and mark out any important information like overall shape of the face and placement of the nose, eyes and mouth.
I'll then convert the original photo (this is for a black/white commission) into B&G and use it as a swatch to get the colours and light sources in. After I have done that I'll sometimes either go in and add the Background straight away or play around with the original photo. I'll make the original photo into an overlay layer and use it as a form of texture to the overall image. It's fun to see the different outcomes.
I am pleased with the way it turned out.