DRAWING UPDATE #3I'd say that I'm about 75% to 80% done.
For the third "sample", I'll present to you the right third of the drawing, showing the corner logos at Piccadilly Circus (which were, at the time (July 2000) Nescafé, TDK, and Sanyo), and then Shaftesbury Avenue, with the Trocadero building at the absolute right of the picture.
The remaining 20% or so of what I still need to draw is mainly is those annoying small details, like background people (mainly background people) that are actually very time-consuming to draw.
For the buildings along Shaftesbury Avenue, I was originally just going to draw a not-well-defined grey mass with a few vertical lines to represent columns and windows and a skyline that was a rough approximation of the real one, but I decided to have a closer look at what I considered to be a "less important" portion of the original photo and I got a much better idea as to how the buildings connect and relate to one another and I added a bit more detail, especially showing the way the sunlight hit those buildings, and I'm actually pleased with the sensation of "distance" I feel there. The buildings still aren't that well-detailed, but there is a limit as to how much detail I can pull from the photo, and the drawing isn't that big and my coloured pencils can only get me so much precision.
I also added more detail to the Trocadero than what was originally there.
The "Men at work: End" (Construction End) sign is pretty incongruous to the rest of the shot, but it's a nice point-of-attention in what would otherwise be a dead area of the picture.
I'm probably going to have to redraw the Nescafé logo... it looks like it's going "up". I will also add better definition to the sides of the letters in the TDK and Sanyo logos (though the "A and N" in the logo were carefully measured).
I had to redraw the face of the girl right at the edge of the picture because, the first time I drew her face, she just looked to me like a porn actress and not just some random girl.
One weird thing is that, when I was drawing the spots on the black dress of the girl towards the left edge of this scan, I was reminded of a very similar drawing technique I did in a picture of Teri Hatcher-as-Lois Lane from a Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and then I thought "Hey, when did I draw that?"... and I realized it was almost twelve years ago. (I think I still have that drawing somewhere; I ought to scan it.) This picture is actually a return to a somewhat realistic style of drawing I developed around when I was 19 years old in 1993 and 1994, which I did mainly to either get shown on the request show on Musique Plus (a foreshadowing to me getting my Sailor Moon drawings shown on YTV) or to mail to people, especially this one Filipina pen pal I had at the time.
I expect that the next time I write about the drawing (not counting mentioning it in passing), it will be about the completed drawing and have the full picture. I think my next drawing will either be based on this photo, of Trafalgar Square with the National Gallery in the background, or this photo of Covent Garden (where some random guy stepped into the shot and somehow made it even better). There are also a couple of photos taken around Montreal which I'm strongly considering drawing.
EDIT Finished Piccadilly Circus drawing here.