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Any better after all those months?

15 Jul

The great thing about art is that you can easily see if you got better at, because it just is what it is and doesn’t need interpretation.

Here is what I did before I started learning how to draw, on December 10, 2008. Some detail, but clearly at the wrong places. Also note the blank expression in the face while I’m drawing. I’m just casually observing my own face.

Self-portrait, drawn on December 10, 2008

As you can see, six months later, a lot has changed. I’m very concentrated while drawing, studying every detail of the face, restating where I got it wrong the first time. I’ve also used helplines, which I didn’t erase, so you can see how I constructed the face.

Self-portrait, drawn on July 15, 2009

Also note that while there is less detail in the drawing, it somehow feels richer. I wonder what improvements will be in my art after another six months.

That is all.


Drawing the human head, part 4

16 May

Although I know this head isn’t entirely correct, I should push on, and revisit the profile sketch later on. No time spilt by the wicked, so why should I?

Drawing the human head, part 4

That is all.

Drawing the human head, part 3

16 May

So I decided to revisit Christopher Hart’s book about drawing human anatomy. He at least has some valuable text and images about how to draw the human head from imagination.

Here is the schematic drawing I made today.

Drawing the human head, part 3

Compare that with the drawing I made on April 20.

Drawing the human head, part 2

And you’ll see that there is some difference in craftsmanship. The poor craftsmanship of the earlier drawing was a reason to throw the towel in and go to the more well rounded book by Bridgman.

I guess I need to continue in this chapter, and see where it brings me.

That is all.

Construction of the head according to Bridgman

23 Apr

Continuing my notes about drawing the human head, as taught by Bridgman in his book “Drawing from Life”.

Construction of the head

The text on this drawing reads:

First draw an outline of the head, then check it will take but four lines. Number one line is to be drawn first, number two next, three and four follow numerically. Number one line is drawn down the face touching the root and base of the nose. Number two line from the base of the ear at a right angle to number one, with no relation to the face as to where this line crosses. Number three line is drawn from the cheek bone at its greatest width to the outer border of the chin. Where two and three intersect, start the fourth line and carry it to the base of the nose. Whether the head is seen from above or below, the features will follow the number four line.

Something else dawned on me while I was writing this text. I was able to copy the illustration in the book reasonably well. This means if I create a thumbnail of a constructed head, I should be able to use that to put it in a bigger drawing. Thumbnails are quick to draw and only a small investment of time and effort, so it’s likely not to be too hard to throw one away because it wasn’t good enough to use. If you draw much bigger, it will be probably much harder, because you have spent so much more time and effort on that sketch.

That is all.

Drawing the human head, part 1 and 2

20 Apr

After I didn’t really succeed in drawing a portrait from a photo on Flickr, I decided to study how to draw the human head. I started with the obvious book by Christopher Hart (translated into Dutch) about anatomy, which starts with drawing the front view of the male head.

Drawing the human head, part 1

The obvious problem I encountered was that I didn’t know or could guess with enough accuracy how wide the face is compared to the height. The illustrations in this book gave no clues. So I decided to copy the dimensions of the illustrations into my own sketch (by measuring it in the book between the tip of my pencil and my index finger.

Drawing the human head, part 2

Because I had to resort to that, this method seems to me to be a bit forced. It may be good enough for some, but I need a little bit more explanation. Luckily, I have more books about drawing, and some of those also describe how to draw a human head. I will work through those, then return to this method by Christopher Hart and see if it makes more sense after I’ve done that.

That is all.

Diagram of the human face

1 Apr

To help me understand the human face, I made a simple diagram. It should help me, but I should not help it. With that I mean that observation always goes before theory. If the theory does not coincide with your observation, throw away the theory and use your observation as your guide.

Diagram of the human face

I’m sure this is not the last version of a diagram I’ll be making in the years to come.

That is all.