So I'm finishing up my year of mandatory Art and finding myself interested in recreational drawing.
Now my first obstacle is getting over the complete lack of direction (and by direction I mean 'being given a photo and being told to reproduce it'). I've only done face shots straight on and a reproduction of 'Girl With a Pearl Earring'.
My current distraction is making a character portrait for a DND game. The concept is a lovestruck, halfling knife-fighter. A wanna-be gangster turned dupe, he gets carved up when it comes time for his backers to cash in (half a Glasgow smile and not-pictured gash over the sternum), and falls in love with the nurse who saves his life. Because this is getting wordy I'll throw out the sketches before going on...
-The right (stage right) shoulder is supposed to be in the forefront. I think I need to sink the left like in the first sketches. Details are nagging me too. Where should I ruffle the shirt and whatnot?
-Due to my complete unfamiliarity with fashion I treated overalls as synonymous to pants with suspenders. This has resulted in a completely whack crotch-height.
-It's not supposed to be a grim character. I'm caught in the uncanny valley of toddler and halfling because I don't want a perma-scowling loner, just a guy who's made a mistake.
-I hate the "anime chin", want to avoid that.
-The tee is supposed to be pinstripe, but since this is just a sketching it's hard to make the chest striped without crowding out the suspenders.
For reference I used
Captain Vidal from Pan's Labyrinth
And Czeslaw Meyer from Baccano
I await dissection.