I don't often use photo reference, mostly because I have to move quickly but there was one frame I had the hardest time getting due to angles and lighting so when Lisa got home I enlisted her help.
I took quite a few photos and wound up using this one as the reference shot. What's interesting is that *because* it came out sightly blurry it was actually more helpful for me in determining shapes rather than getting lost in lines.
I sketched over and over it several times making the adjustments I needed. I couldn't have it scream "photo reference" in the middle of the page. It needed to look like it belonged with everything else. I also worked hard getting Noah in and looking the way I wanted him to.
It was fun starting to play with the light a little bit. I decided with the photo shoot it would feel moody and pensive in the shot to have a single source.
Finally I got the inking and toning done. I think it came out pretty well.