drawing faces

I took a little break from digital art to focus on drawing with pencil and paper. Mostly what happened was this:

  • I tried to create a character to carry across several drawings in different poses and expressions
  • I discovered I couldn’t draw the same face twice.

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So I set myself the task of just drawing faces. Every night (okay, most nights) I picked a person and drew them from several angles and/or with different expressions. Here are some things I learnt:

  • Warming up is essential: my last picture was almost always the best.
  • Sketch lines for eyes and nose and mouth help.
  • Drawing quickly and with harsh lines can be better than drawing slowly and constantly erasing anything slightly wrong.

For example:
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The other day I returned to my illustration project and was please to discover I can draw the same (invented) face twice in a row now. Approximately.

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Stay tuned for my adventures in turning the right hand sketch into a digitally coloured illustration…

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