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Preston Blair inspired drawings, part 7

25 Nov

While on the surface most of these faces look very much alike, in reality they are different, too different for my critical eye.

Preston Blair inspired drawings, part 7

I guess it is important to draw on model, especially in animation drawing. This is I think the third sheet of egg shaped smiling faces I did since my previous post. One could say, get on with it, just go to the next exercise. However, I think being able to draw consistently is an important distinction between drawing for leisure and drawing more seriously (or even professionally). I’ve got to figure out this “draw on model” thing.

One of the things I’m struggling with is the precise shape of the egg form. The best I can come up with is to start with putting light pencil markings where the top and bottom of the egg shape is, and where the widest points left and right are.

Again, this is not enough. You also have to imagine how the shape looks if it were a three dimensional form, a true egg, like you buy at the grocery store. After all, you want to draw the egg shape from all sides, and fill it with the features in correct perspective. Perhaps I should use a real egg and do some sketches from different angles to get a better feel for egg perspective. I could even imagine drawing a face on a hard boiled egg, and draw that as well on paper.

Wrapping my head around seeing flat images as three dimensional is hard. For instance, when I study my cat’s heads close up, I try to imagine how the head would look from a different angle. Then I check to see if I was right. Sadly, I’m mostly wrong at this point.

I can only hope something will “click” at some point and turn on the 3D-light.

That is all.


24 Nov

When I was drawing those Preston Blair head shapes, I was wondering what makes a shape like that tick, how can you best see an ellipse, egg shape and pear shape through the artist’s eye?


Well, an ellipse is straight forward. That is an elongated circle.

An egg shape is based on an elongated circle, but it is elongated more on one side than the other. Furthermore, the more elongated side is thinner and the less elongated is fatter than a comparable ellipse.

A pear shape is like an egg shape, but with a pinch in the more elongated side of the shape. This pinch makes the already thinner side even thinner, and the fatter side gets even fatter.

So an egg shape is just a special case of a pear shape, while an ellipse is a special case of an egg shape, and a circle a special case of an ellipse. Of course, by logic, a circle is also a special case of a pear shape.

That is all.