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Drawing Unknown Faces, part 182

13 Jun

The original photo from Flickr will not win any beauty contest, nor will my drawing that is based on it be considered flattering for the people involved. However, it shows the planes in the face, and how laughter really is an aggressive emotion, rather than the passive emotion we might think it is.

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 182

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Drawing Unknown Faces, part 181

12 Jun

When I saw this laughing woman, I was a bit puzzled how to use her image as a reference for a new drawing. I decided to create a wooden head, based on the photo. The surfaces should learn me how to draw the female head.

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 181

After I scanned the drawing, I made a 3-color drawing of it, with pure white, pure black and middle grey.

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Drawing Unknown Faces, part 180

11 Jun

I used zFlick with the keyword “purdy” to search for a pretty woman on Flickr. And of course, I found her. In roughly 20 minutes I made a sketch with a striking resemblance to the original photo.

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 180

I guess I’m getting pretty good at copying photos, although I’m not yet confident enough to ask pretty young women like the one in the photo to draw their likeness on a piece of paper with a technical pencil.

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Drawing Unknown Faces, part 179

10 Jun

I saw this photo on the public stream of Flickr and decided to use it to both make a drawing and a cartoon drawing.

After I pencilled the sketch, I used a rollerball pen to ink. I didn’t completely traced the pencil sketch, but made some slight changes, which I thought were improvements. I also didn’t remove the pencil drawing underneath before scanning.

Drawing Unknown Faces 179

Next, I drew a cartoon character based on this ink sketch and the original photo. The idea was to learn how to use a photo as a reference for a cartoon drawing. I didn’t want to make it too complicated, so I inked the cartoon pencil sketch, erased the pencil marks, scanned the ink drawing, and cleaned it up. After that, I used the colors in the original photo to color on a separate layer.

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 179, final cartoon drawing

There are two skin colors (light and shadow), one blue color, and the three colors in the shoes are different shades of the dark brown hair color. And then there is the color of the tongue and the white of the eyes and the t-shirt. Together with the black color of the outline, that adds up to ten colors.

It’s not very good as a cartoon drawing, but it’s a start.

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Drawing Unknown Faces, part 178

9 Jun

Here is a rough sketch of a woman in a photo I found on Flickr.

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 178

Sorry for not having posted for a few days. I was busy trying to draw from reference instead of copying photos. The basic problem with a photo is that it has both fixed the angle of viewing and the perspective effect of the standpoint of the viewer, relative to the model. You can’t walk around and get closer or further away from your model. This is essential if you want to learn how to draw a 3D object, like human beings (objects in an artistic sense).

A note/rantlet on books about drawing cartoon characters. I’ve bought some cheap books from the bargain bin in the distant past, and I now know why those where there to begin with. There are a lot of “not so good” books out there, that show you how to set up a basic character, and what the finished artwork looks like, but none of the intermediate steps, nor what the artist has used as a visual reference (e.g. figure drawing) to create such refined imagery. They make it seem so simple —because that seals the initial sale of the book— but they don’t tell you how many years of practice is needed to get to the level of excellence of the artist. As a newcomer you may think that you’re not cut out to become a draftsman and give up, because your art doesn’t look anything like what’s in the book. They also don’t tell you that two equally excellent artists may produce completely different finished drawings, because each artists has developed his or her own set of drawing shortcuts and iconographic repertoire These drawing-made-easy books do more harm than good in my opinion.

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Drawing Unknown Faces, part 176

4 Jun

While busily studying those beautiful Preston Blair sketches, I’m gradually realizing that doing life drawing is useful for prolonging the suspension of disbelief in your comics. Meaning that it is easier for people to get into your story and let them stay in there for a longer period. This gives you the opportunity to tell more elaborate stories. It is marrying your fantastic idea of a story with what your audience recognizes, the oldest trick in the world to keep people entertained.

You could say it’s a trick, and all artists are just hacks who use their magic bag of tricks to fool people in believing their stories. However, I think it’s the other way around. People want to “be tricked”, want to be transported to another world, that looks similar to their own, but has lots of excitement and drama in it. It’s the old role playing game. What if I were a …

So I should keep drawing people, and here is a pretty woman for you.

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 176

I drew her in around 30 minutes with a technical pencil (B lead) on A4 drawing paper (210 x 297 mm).

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Drawing Unknown Faces, part 175

3 Jun

This quick sketch of a monk was meant to keep publishing some art while I’m busy studying Preston Blair. Because his art is copyrighted and I don’t want to get targeted by lawyers of the biggest proponent of prolonging copyright ad nauseam, I can’t publish what I’ve drawn. Those drawings aren’t publish-worthy at this moment anyway, but that’s beside the point.

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 175

It is a quick sketch of 20 minutes, trying to get as much likeness into it without thinking too much about it. As much intuitive as I’m able to draw.

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