Portrait course, lesson # 8

1 Nov

I decided to be a little bit more light-hearted and not take the portrait drawing course too seriously, yet work hard to get it right.

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0. As a comics artist I couldn’t resist the opportunity to draw this quic sketch of the model, comics style. After this, the serious drawing started. Some thought this was the best drawing of the two.

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1. The first initial setup was done in roughly 30 minutes. The rest was lack of skill, and trying to make small changes, and see if it works.

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2. After 1.5 hours of nett drawing time, I still wasn’t done fiddling with the features. The hair is nice, though.

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3. Final version. I discussed with the instructor to do color, but he said that I first need to be more confident in drawing with charcoal. When I asked what he meant with “more confident”, and asked if he meant the finishing touch on the features, he said: “Yes.” Don’t I know it. So I’ll be doing charcoal for now, unless I get a breakthrough in my skills.


2 Responses to “Portrait course, lesson # 8”

  1. gonzalexx November 1, 2010 at 11:50 pm #

    Very cool! Even your cartoon version has likeness! Awesome.
    So there were some small bumps, according to the teacher.
    I wouldn’t know how to handle charcoal as of yet. I imagine its very different than drawing, or painting. I’ve probably produce a charcoal cloud, and leave a mine’s worth of dust on the paper. :)
    This looks good, Rene. Thanks for sharing all of it!

  2. Rene November 2, 2010 at 12:19 am #


    It really isn’t about good or bad, but finesse. I’m just too crude at this moment to start painting. However, the instructor said, I could try it and it might be the break-through I need. However, I somehow doubt that.

    I suppose he wants me to be able to set up a sketch in a few strokes, not the few hundred strokes and erases I need right now. I guess I need to be patient and hope some day things will click and I start to see what I need to see, and then draw it.

    I’m just not seeing it right now.

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