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More figure drawing

12 Jun

Here is a figure sketch based on a fashion photo, in which I tried to draw in two steps, a design phase for the overall structure of the figure and a refinement phase, in which I concentrate more on the details.

Clothed figure sketch 15 2011/06/12

It’s still a rough sketch, made in 20 minutes, but I think you can see I’ve done a few dozen sketches (short, 7 minutes long each). The drawing looks more considered, more thought-through. There’s still room for improvement, quite a bit, actually, as there always is. Still, I think I captured the idea of the pose.

I will be doing more of these brief sketches, to develop a feel for proportions. Of course, the drawing above isn’t very well suited for that, because the figure isn’t standing upright, so it’s harder to check the proportions.

One could argue why not do unclothed figure sketches? I’m surely want to do those too, but good (non-pornographic) images are less frequent than good fashion photos on the Internet. Also, it’s much easier to ask someone to pose for me with her or his clothed on than without, in real life I mean. Typical clothed figure rates are 10 euros per hour (if I go by the rates my local community college uses). My guess is that nude models are much more expensive, but I could be wrong.

I’m still not confident enough to hire models, though, so for now I’m trying to improve my skills by using photos and short candid pose sketches (people in public spaces). Alas, the rates for the figure sketching course at my local community college has gone up this year (now 16 euros per 2 hour lesson, excluding modeling costs), so I’m unable to attend those, as I had planned.


Portrait Course, lesson # 23

14 Mar

Portrait Course 2011-03-14 # 1
⇧ After a two-week break we had a new model. Instead of immediately putting a face on the paper, as my fellow artists did, I decided to play a little with the face, so it became less threatening to me. It also gave me an opportunity to get familiar with the face in a playful manner.

Portrait Course 2011-03-14 # 2
⇧ Each session consists of two hours, with a half hour coffee break in between. However, the model had another engagement (work), so we only had 30 minutes after the coffee break. Time to get more serious and put as much of her on paper as I could.

Portrait Course, lesson # 22

21 Feb

Portrait Course 2011-02-21 # 11
1. I didn’t have my glasses with me, so this part was not too accurate. Luckily, during the break I was able to get back home to get my glasses.

Portrait Course 2011-02-21 # 22
2. As usually happens, my fellow artists get chatty and I loose concentration. That’s why there are some things I would do differently next time.

I don’t go to portrait course for pretty pictures, but to learn how to draw portraits better. Mistakes and being distracted (what also may happen if you have a model for yourself) is all part of the game.

Cute lady, drawn on May 12, 2010

12 May

This time a drawing video that was sped up 25 times.

Cute lady, sketched on May 5, 2010

Cute lady, drawn on May 5, 2010

5 May

I made this sketch based on a photo I found on the Internet. It’s not an exact replica, but rather I used the photo to create an illusion of a pretty woman.

Cute lady, drawn on May 5, 2010

The sketch was made in roughly 28 minutes. Here is a short video I shot using my web cam.

Mariah Carey

26 Apr

This sketch is based on a reference photo in 3/4 perspective view, which meant I had to recreate the face from scratch. Besides that, she has a really wild hairdo, blond, which is extremely time consuming to draw.

Mariah carey

Needless to say that I needed more time than the usual 30 minutes, double that time at least.

Informal tutorial on woman’s portrait

19 Apr

This portrait of generic woman in front viewing perspective is based on a tutorial by John Buscema in “How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way”.

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Generic woman, drawn live on April 19, 2010

The drawing looks a bit stiff and impersonal, because I didn’t take out the helper lines, nor did I use a reference photo for the personal details.

After having done the tutorial by John Buscema, I decided to use a photo from the Internet of Google celebrity Marissa Mayer for the personal touches. The face can be constructed up to a point, but after that you should fill in the details based on a reference or a person in front of you, so it has personality.

front view portrait of a woman, drawn on April 19,2010 (sketch 2)

My guess is that it’s best to keep it loose. The goal shouldn’t be likeness, but getting a feel for drawing a portrait of a woman.

For the second portrait of a woman in front viewing perspective, I gave it finishing touches by using a 3/4 view reference photo of Marilyn Monroe. The issue wasn’t to have a drawing of Miss Monroe, but rather have a nice rough sketch of a woman’s portrait.

front view portrait of a woman, drawn on April 19,2010 (sketch 3)

As I see it, the underlying structure of the face is very much the same for all humans. It’s the finer details that let’s us distinguish between individuals. By getting the generic structure in first, putting in the details is less difficult and a somewhat rewarding sketch of a famous person can be done, even if you don’t yet have mad skills to blow people’s socks off.

I think it’s all about having fun and being proud of what you’ve accomplished using what skills you have, and perhaps feel motivated enough to get some more by practicing like a crazy person, day in, day out.

If it isn’t fun, there’s no way you’re going to get through that phase of getting good enough to impress other people with your drawing skills. If it always feels like “work”, you are going to give up, like so many grown-up have done at some point in their “drawing career” as a young child.