This isn't your usual "I can't draw anymore plz help" thread. My problem is with the angles in my drawings, especially in faces. I can't seem to draw proper and interesting angles even in my construction.
This causes size problems in my drawings, and let's say I'm doing a portrait gives me similar looking faces (between the drawings not the drawing and the subject). This then causes a burst of rage wherein I rip up/out the page and start over. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can beat this problem.
Slow down, observe, consider what you see before drawing. Break the face down into abstract sections - you're not drawing a face just interconnecting shapes.
Use a reference, pencil in the outline shapes of the face with a hard pencil, and once the proportions are right use some softer pencils.
if you are having trouble recreating the correct angle on your paper that you see on the model I have a way that might help check it.
Its hard to describe with out showing but here it goes,
Take your hand with your drawing instrument and hold it to your face. Thumbside to your cheek.
Holding your pen/pencil in your thumb and pointer finger line up your pen/pencil to the angle you see before you.
Keeping that angle firm, tilt your head down towards your drawing and check the angle.
Doing this check close to your face and not arm extended out helps keep the angle correct. although you may feel a little silly it works
hope that helps
Last edited by Zazerzs; August 10th, 2009 at 04:01 PM.
It's 99% likely that you don't understand what angles are, or their purpose. Post some examples, and a description of what you think is the function of the angles.
Start with tracing over pictures. Paintings, drawings, photos, there's no difference. Pick one then trace over it a few times putting in the simple angles, then do it again freehand.
when drawing from life:
Set up your paper so it's set up vertical and arm's distance to whatever you're drawing. This is sight-size drawing. Close one eye and it's like you're tracing, the object and the drawing are the same size. Robert Fawcett's "On the art of drawing" has good info. It's a simple and obvious trick once someone explains it.
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