Concept and sketch
Mars has always fascinated us. It's difficult to explain why but there it is, lonely, deserted, mysterious and most of all, challenging. One of the best Sci-Fi books I ever read about Mars colonization is Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson, his hard sci-fi concepts along with the romantic and metaphoric approach from Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles brought the spark of inspiration for this piece.
I use the Canson sketch pads for sketching, they tend to have a subtle beige tone to their pages that I like. Recently I started using a 160 gm heavy weight Canson pad which is even better. There are pads in different sizes but I prefer the medium to small size (7 X 10 or 5.5 X 8.5 inches). They are lighter and fit better in my backpack.
I also rendered a sphere to have a good reference for the mirror shade helmet.
Blue light and details
The final steps for this piece were the hair and the flute. This one was the last element for a single reason: due to its golden highly reflective material I needed to have all the other elements in place first and then I took samples of color from its surroundings (skin, hair, suit, sky) to pain it.
And here it is, my martian flute player. But the more I look at her the less I can imagine how her face would look like.