Last week was the trial lesson of the portrait course on my local community college, and today was my first “official” lesson, and lesson number 2 in the series of 30 this course year (October – May). I will be posting updates from this course, so you can see how I (hopefully) progress over the months. The lessons consists of two blocks of an hour, with a 30 minutes coffee/tea break. This gives the model some time to relax, because sitting still for so long isn’t easy.
Today we had a young female model, and I had a hard time getting comfortable with drawing. I’m not used to standing upright while drawing, and most did their drawing standing behind an easel (although some sat down).
1. Here’s the initial pose sketch, which had some flaws, which the instructor pointed out.
2. So the lines ran a bit differently from what I thought I saw. Yes, I was going into the details too soon (again).
3. After some help of the instructor with the eyes and hairline.
4. Toning the skin and adding the hair texture. Notice the hair and skin are “two different worlds”. Their style does not match.
5. After the instructor told me to make the style of the face more like the hair, this was my initial result.
6. My own imagination took over and added a hairband, while the model did not have that. It also taught me the shape of the head and how hair springs when it is tied with a band.
I think this wasn’t bad for a very first time in my life with a live model. I know I have to work on my features and on seeing in three dimensions. I’m still in a 2D mindset from all the drawing using photos as my reference.