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Drawing Unknown Faces, part 12

3 Apr

While looking at the photo, the only thing I could think of for half of time it took to make this sketch was what a proud father that must be!

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 12

Perhaps it was this distraction that made it so hard. I had worked for 40 minutes and saw the head of the father was too small (the daughter couldn’t reach his face). So I had to erase most of the sketch and start all over. Of course, in the next 40 minutes I knew what to do, and didn’t have much thoughts, other than where to draw my lines.

I guess you need to remain objective about your drawing while drawing. Once you start to think about it, things can go awry in your drawing.

All was not lost though, because the second time around I could both capture the expression of the father and the daughter exactly, well for 95 percent.

As an aside, I think the advantage of the pencil is that its markings can be erased if you’re not happy with the result. It is a feature, not a flaw. You should use it sparingly, though, because in my experience, if you use it while drawing, it distracts from the flow of drawing. It’s better to draw extra lines on top of the existing lines, and erase the “wrong lines” later. Or not. The extra lines give a sketch more body, more volume.

The photo was graciously shared to the world through the Flickr public timeline. I don’t know who the people in the photo are.

That is all.


Drawing Unknown Faces, part 11

3 Apr

I got a belly laugh when I saw this photo on the public Flickr photo stream. Of course, I have told the photographer so, by adding a comment to the photo.

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 11

“I’m going to shoot you with my … hairdryer?”

This sketch was a little more involved than usual, because the pose and the expression was a bit complicated. Therefore I needed 60 minutes instead of the usual 30 minutes. The expression in the face isn’t quite right, but it is pretty close. It is again the mouth shape that was giving me hard times.

I really don’t know who this is, or in what context the photo was taken. I only know I enjoyed drawing the sketch based on this photo.

That is all.

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 10

3 Apr

This guy has a great hairdo. He was on a podium with two other contenders and it was clear to me that he didn’t let himself be shoved off the podium quite that easily. He had clearly set his mind to winning this competition (I don’t know what it was about).

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 10

The guitar on his t-shirt isn’t drawn very neatly, but hey, it is a 30 minutes sketch after all.

The sketch is based on a photo found on the Flickr public timeline.

That is all.

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 9

3 Apr

I love the closeness of the faces, which shows the affection between these people. I also dig that big watch!

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 9

As with previous sketches, the expressions in the faces were very hard to capture, because they are so subtle, especially in the woman. I needed to redraw her face several times, and even now I’m not really satisfied with the result. I think the likeness is around 90 percent, which actually isn’t that bad. However, I strive for full likeness, because that is when you have mastered the art of drawing faces.

The sketch was made in approximately 45 minutes, and based on a photo graciously shared by someone I do not know on the public timeline of Flickr.

That is all.

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 8

3 Apr

While I was sketching this man I realized I have learned so much in the past few weeks. I’m now able to see my mistakes and prevent some of them. Even so, I still need my trusty kneaded rubber eraser now and then.

I like the puzzled look and pose in this man. I wish I was also able to portray the wittiness that jumped off the reference photo. I guess subtle expressions are hard to capture and need a lot of practice.

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 8

I only needed 30 minutes for this sketch. It surely isn’t the pinnacle of my art, but I have learned a few things, for instance, how a mustache curls around the corners of the mouth. I also did approximate the width and height of the face much better than last week, and did a lot of “blind drawing” (drawing without looking at your sketch).

I don’t feel confident enough yet to draw real life people, but I’m slowly getting at a point where I can muster enough courage to start doing that. I’m sure that will both boost my morale and improve my art.

This drawing is based on a photo from the Flickr public timeline.

I added a comment on the photo’s Flickr page, to tell the photographer I liked the capture. I guess I have to do this from now on, because I more or less depend on the contributions of people I don’t know. I should at least thank them for supplying me with such great reference material.

That is all.