Preston Blair inspired drawings, part 6

23 Nov

This drawing exercise was an attempt to create a consistent look in egg-shaped heads, independent of size and perspective. If you study each head and compare heads among each other, you can clearly see I still need a lot of practice. The six heads were drawn in roughly 45 minutes. It was the second batch of drawings for this exercise, and certainly not the final.

Preston Blair inspired drawings, part 6

The problems are manyfold. You first have to draw an outline, that is consistent with the egg form. This means you need to have a mental picture of the 3D shape. Then you have to put in the features (eyes, nose, mouth, etc.), which have to look consistent when comparing left and right side of the face. And third you have to make the expression consistent in all the faces, which also requires a mental picture of a curved plane with the features place on it. Remember, this is illustration, so sometimes the image has to modified slightly from the mathematically accurate three dimensional form. Clarity is generally more important than an accurate and realistic depiction.

All three things have to be done more or less simultaneously, requiring full concentration of an artist who still has to learn all this.

That is all.


4 Responses to “Preston Blair inspired drawings, part 6”

  1. trish November 23, 2009 at 11:54 pm #

    hi! I came across your post where you talk about the Keys to Drawing book. Have you went through the whole book? and do you think it helped you? I’m having some trouble getting back into a daily drawing practice, and it feels like I’ve never picked up a pencil before!! Thinking of going through the Keys to Drawing book.

    • Rene November 24, 2009 at 12:14 am #

      No, I still have to go through the book. I encountered a problem, which led me to go to other books (even buy other books), and yet other books, etc. So it’s curiosity that kept me drawing.

      My advice for daily drawing. Find a subject you’re so passionate about that you want to draw it over and over again. Drawing practice is better than any book. If that doesn’t work, find a drawing buddy, or even a local group of amateur artists who draw and paint together.

  2. Chance November 24, 2009 at 4:51 pm #

    Interesting excercise, is this the first time you have tried it ?

    • Rene November 24, 2009 at 8:00 pm #

      Basically, yes.

      You can find the exercises on John K’s blog: Preston Blair Lessons.

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