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Drawing Unknown Faces, part 78

25 Apr

I was a bit surprised to see a winter photo in this time of year, but it turned out to be taken in early March of this year. It clearly represents a woman in Winter clothing.

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 78

I was surprised that I had the basic sketch done in less than 30 minutes. However, I added some details and made the shading in the face more realistic in another 15 minutes. In that time I also added some basic background.

The mouth shape was again rather complicated, but unlike other sketches, this mouth was really good from the start, though a tad too narrow. Luckily, pencil tracings can be erased and parts of a sketch redrawn. This did, however, make the mouth shape less well defined.

That is all.

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Bird of prey

25 Apr

I saw this bird of prey, made by an eight year old boy with his Nikon D40, taken on April 23, 2009 (the day before yesterday). He has more exotic animals in his current Flickr photo stream, so I bookmarked it. I’m sure those animals are not exotic to him.

Bird of prey

Because I have no experience in drawing birds, I decided to create a quick sketch. I drew an outline and put some details inside it, to give an impression of what I saw.

That is all.

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 77

25 Apr

This sketch was drawn sort of naively, without much measurements. It means the pose isn’t really like in the picture. Furthermore, I had to make the ear somewhat larger, almost at the end, because it turned out too small in proportion to the rest of the face. It is the fine-tuned seeing of exact proportions that is still lacking in my drawings. I’m getting there, though.

Drawing Unknown Face, part 77

I must admit I’m still a bit puzzled by Bridgman’s description of drawing the masses of the head. I guess I have to do a lot more study and draw numerous faces before I start to see those masses more clearly. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and so will I need time to learn to see beneath the skin of a face. It is this intuitive knowledge I’m after, which enables you to “feel the form”. I guess you only get this visual knowledge by merely drawing a lot of faces.

That is all.

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 76

25 Apr

Alright, now everything seemed to click, and then suddenly a sketch is much better. That the original photo is good helps too.

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 76

The likeness with the original photo is striking. It seems if you follow a certain (non-exact) procedure, getting your sketch to resemble someone is not that hard.

That is all.

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 75

25 Apr

So, now I got the line through the nose right, but I started adding the features in the sketch too soon. Of course, in this very old face it is the fun part, but I should remind myself to first put a firm foundation in my sketches, and only then start concentrating on the stuff that will be visible in the finished sketch (the foundation can only be inferred by studying the features, and how they relate to each other).

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 75

If I glance over the fact that the right eye is too low in the face, this is not a bad drawing.

I found the reference photo on the public photo stream of Flickr, and needed approximately 25 minutes to finish the sketch.

That is all.

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 74

25 Apr

The photo I based my sketch on was not very well lit, to say the least. It was hard to see where the hair on t he back of the head ended and where the dark background started.

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 74

Even so, I tried to make a sketch and somehow make it look like the reference. One thing that went wrong is judging where the root and base of the nose were. The root is easy enough to spot, but the base you have to guess, because you can’t see it.

I think I need to spend more time in finding those important lines, especially in cases like these.

That is all.