Heroine Picture

This is a final I did for an Illustration class. I spent about fourteen hours on it. I used a model in a magazine to get down the original lines then mapped out the shading in only black and white areas. I filled them in with India ink and cleaned up the edges with a marker. Just now as I scanned it in the computer I hiked up the contrast to make the paper look white. This is a method of shade study that I really like and I want to do more work like this. So you might see an ink theme in my work in the near future.

When it was done it struck me how determined and noble she looked so I called her Heroine. I like her. She's going to be my little icon for a while.

heroine |ˈherō-in|
a woman admired or idealized for her courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities : she was the heroine of a materialist generation.
• the chief female character in a book, play, or movie, who is typically identified with good qualities, and with whom the reader is expected to sympathize.
• (in mythology and folklore) a woman of superhuman qualities and often semidivine origin, in particular one whose dealings with the gods were the subject of ancient Greek myths and legends.
ORIGIN mid 17th cent.(in the sense [demigoddess, venerated woman] ): from French héroïne or Latin heroina, from Greek hērōinē, feminine of hērōs ‘hero.’
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