Tag Archives: women

Drawing female characters – or the male ignorance of fashion issues

1 Aug

I can only imagine how to draw women for now. According to Tom Bancroft in his book Creating Characters with Personality, which I have received a copy of today:

If you are a typical macho male, believe me, no matter what you think, you don’t know women’s hairstyles and clothing.

I guess the next drawing only strengthens that statement. Bancroft continues that you need to browse through current women’s fashion magazine to keep abreast of the latest development.

Female characters

The funny thing is, though, that if I don’t have a clue about those kinds of things, at least half of my readers won’t either.

I remember a brief discussion some time ago about wearing eyeliner. All the guys had no idea that it is an important part of young women’s make-up. And no, it does not hurt when you put it on the inside of the eyelids. Of course, you can overdo it, but most woman know when to stop and give that little bit of accentuation to their eyes. Guys won’t notice it, but girls do, among each other. It is not only guys who want to look all smart and presentable, compared to other guys, by lifting weights and such, or buying hip gadgets to poke their opponents’ eyes out with. Girls do that too, only by other means, more subtle, less immediately apparent.

Having to force myself to buy new cloths, I’m not particularly an expert on trends in fashion. That the shop I mostly buy my cloths in has the nickname Cheap and Awful (C&A) says it all I guess. Grace and elegance is something I need to acquire a taste for, if I want to be able to draw women somewhat convincingly.

Not that I’m a male chauvinist. It just hasn’t been on my radar. I’m sure I’m not the only man who has this disposition.

That is all.

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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

That is all.

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 170

29 May

The subject of this sketch was smile. You can clearly see those corners of the mouths pointing to the sky in these women.

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 170

That is all.

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 166

26 May

Here are some quick sketches of between 5 and 12 minutes of women’s faces. These are just meant to discover the form of the female face, which –as I discovered earlier– needs some restraint on the broad markings with the pencil, while still having strong and deliberate lines in the drawing. It simply means you have to practice a lot, hence these sketches.

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 166, sketch 1

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 166, sketch 2

That is all.

Drawing Unknown Faces, parts 137 and 138

8 May

This sketch wasn’t very inspired, but I drew it anyway. I liked the expression in her face.

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 137

This sketch was ideal for an inked drawing. Unfortunately, I’m not yet very skilled at ink drawings, so there are some mistakes. Overall, though, this sketch is much better than if had done it with pencil only.

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 138

I tried both a reed pen and a cheap pencil brush. The reed pen didn’t work that well, and I damaged the paper (leaking ink through on the page opposite to the back page, which luckily happened to be blank). The pencil brush didn’t do that, but it did wrinkle the page. The India ink didn’t give me an intense black, but that was easily remedied in Pixelmator by increasing the contrast of the image.

I realize the black line under the chin was a mistake. You can make such lines in pencil, but in ink, you either need to draw such lines much thinner (which a dip pen) or with diluted ink.

That is all.

Drawing Unknown Faces, parts 113 and 114

3 May

The photo this sketch is based on was rotated at 45 degrees. After I had turned it level with Pixelmator, I drew both women as a composition.

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 113

The special thing about this photo was the broad smile of the girl, and her hat. I think both are well drawn, with my limited drawing skills in mind, of course.

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 114

That is all.