I was drawn to the reference image that I used as the base of this drawing for her soft expression. Rather than create an exact copy I like to also add my own details such as the moon earring stud which led to me adding some stars, dots and crystals effect under her eyes. It was quite an intuitive process where I felt like I could convey a sense of the quote “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” ― Norman Vincent Peale
I often digitally add colour in Photoshop as I like that extra layer of control and not ‘messing up’ the original drawing. For this drawing I wanted to keep the palette really soft and dreamy.
Original drawing, A4 graphite on paper: