Pencil drawing from a photo in the Globe and Mail, done at a friend’s place.
I’m actually not fond of drawing from photos, because to me it feels too limiting. However, it’s a good way to improve the practice, and see some new aspects of anatomy, rather than simply drawing things which have worked for me before.
Here, I’ve been looking at heads as shapes in space, made up of other shapes: triangles and rectangles, and cubes, all of which have a relation to each other. I think that practice in Blender, a 3D modelling program, has been getting into my brain.
Then I go over things, trying to think about the subject’s attitude. What they are thinking and feeling. That helps keep the drawing from becoming too mechanical for me.
One thing I’ve always had trouble with is getting the eyes to line up when the head is tilted. Putting them into little boxes helps solve that. But I still have lots of little construction lines I have to erase, which is never fun.
Taking a break from the sketchy things to post this:
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Digital guy based on a scanned-in pencil drawing, and a ballpoint pen Gollum.
Blender is an open-source 3D modelling program which is quite amazing, if intimidating. I’ve been watching Youtube tutorials, and by practicing a lot, am able to model some simple things, which will help with my storyboards and other drawing. It reminds me a little of putting together the model kits I used to build as a kid. But this is virtual, and you make your own parts.
The learning process is still going on. I will put some leaves on the trees, and grass on the floor. This could take years to master, though. It has a lot of potential.
My little notebook computer is great. But it’s a little silly to use, sometimes, as this guy demonstrates. He’s drawn in melty watercolour pencils and (I didn’t realise it at the time), melty black/purple roller pen.
This is a Regency little girl, inspired by Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. Of course, the real little girl would be wearing a shift and a bonnet, but I thought of the nice dress and ribbon and bun. As if she’s dressed for a ball. Digital colours over pencil.