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Drawing Unknown Faces, part 61

18 Apr

If you study this sketch, you can clearly see I was struggling with this face. It is supposed to be a toddler, but I have aged him a few years. It is a good sketch, just without a good likeness with the reference photo.

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 61

The main problem, I think, are the position of the ears. Also notice that the ears are of different size and shape. This is a flaw in this sketch, and one which made it somewhat less than the other sketches I did today. On the positive side, the tilting of the head is practically spot on.

You could ask yourself, why be so critical on yourself, why not just draw a pretty face? Well, if I’m going to draw people from life, I should be at least able to draw correctly from a photograph. I’ve seen too often that artists did a free impression of someone’s face, or (worse) stylizing it, making it into a pretty picture instead of a portrait that tells something of the person that is being portrayed.

Well, I have some sketches to go. This was number 61 out of a thousand minus one sketches (1 through 999). It was based on a photo I found on the Flickr public photo stream, and was made in 50 minutes with an HB drawing pencil.

That is all.

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 60

18 Apr

Here is another Japanese woman with that mysterious smile you so often see when they are shot by a camera. Of course, I could just be imagining all this, and there is in reality nothing mysterious about this smile.

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 60

However, mystery sparks my imagination and willingness to spend some time on getting the sketch right. Of course, I haven’t done that as much as I would like, being a novice draftsman. On the other hand, I can see my markings get more and more “spunk” (a word I learned from Pippi Longstockings, see this YouTube video).

The sketch is based on a photo from the public photo stream of Flickr, made in 55 minutes with an HB drawing pencil.

That is all.

Drawing Dynamic Hands – Burne Hogarth

18 Apr

I’ve receive the book about drawing hands, written by Burne Hogarth, titled “Drawing Dynamic Hands”. It came highly recommended on, and I’ve been looking forward to receiving the book. I only had a little peek inside, browsing through the numerous beautiful illustrations.

Drawing Dynamic Hands - Burne Hogarth

At first glance, the book seems to be light on the text and heavy on the art. That is actually how I like my art books, mainly being about art, and not so much about ideas about art, which may change over time.

That is about all I can write about this book. Maybe I will write a review once I have finished it.

That is all.

Drawing Unknown People, part 59

18 Apr

This photo had a beautiful barge in the background, but since I’m doing this because of drawing faces, I had to not include it in my drawing. Even so, the photo was a beautifully capture, giving me so much inspiration to create a fine sketch.

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 59

I don’t have a fixed method of approaching a drawing yet. I just look for a way to start, and just start. This sometimes means I have to start all over, because the features don’t seem to match up. Sometimes I’m lucky and I can easily correct the drawing when I review it. Although, getting the ear right (because I hadn’t made the back of the head far enough away from the nose) proved to be too difficult. Drawing the left eye in foreshortening proved to be too difficult for my current drawing skills too.

Still, a nice drawing, which took 60 minutes to draw with an HB drawing pencil, based on a photo I grabbed from the Flickr public photo stream.

That is all.

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 58

18 Apr

I didn’t expect this sketch to be anything special, but it turned into just that by the power of my imagination. Well, that and my past experience with making these sketches.

Drawing Unknown Face, part 58

For some reason portraits of women are more often put on Flickr than those of men. I guess that’s because most amateur photographers that use Flickr are more into photographing women than men. It could also be that women take more pictures of women than men of men. Whatever the case may be, portrait photos of women are far more abundant.

I started with the woman’s spectacles, because it is the easiest to draw in perspective (straight planes, perpendicular on each other). After I sketched in the glasses, I drew the nose, then the mouth, chin, eyebrows, hair, ear, neck, eyes, shirt and shoulder strap. I tried to draw the features logically connected, always measuring the angles and the relative distances between them. Before I knew it, I was drawn into the sketch.

The finer details and some of the shading I had to do with a magnifying glass, because my eyesight isn’t what it used to be (I really need reading glasses, because I can’t focus on short distances anymore). I can still read the newspaper in broad daylight, though, and that was the criterium my optician told me for buying my first pair of reading glasses. That was in 2002, when he expected to see me again the next year (not!).

The sketch is based on a photo I found on the Flickr public photo stream. I needed approximately 45 minutes to complete this sketch, with HB wood-cased drawing pencil.

That is all.