meh updatesie with school things
Well, that was the update then.. Lots of text..
Here are some sketches for my process for the school assignment, in this process I need to have sketches to show that I thought about all sorts of variations for the final work. I'll try not to forget the digital camera tomorrow and take a WIP picture of the final work (colour pencil: 40x50 cm!)
variations for the tree, trying to get a 'dream image' on the top of the drawing, and a more 'from this earth' image on the lower part of the drawing.
left: experimenting with some ecoline and aquarel pencil where I drew over with colourpencils.. The teacher likes to see stuff like this in the process ^^ And it was fun to do.
right: this was done for the start of a step by step for m.engendahl who I'm mentoring a little (I sometimes forget to keep him updated with assignments
but I'm trying ^^).
Here is the step by step: I'm just posting it here so you can correct me on anything I'm saying in it because I'm by no means an expert on this! Also you may point out all mistakes in my drawing ofcourse! ^^ But you may do that with everything I post here .. Rrrrip it apart!
<-begin step by step->
I decided to do a drawing of a male face, from this picture
In the image above you see in which order I drew the lines.
- I start with looking for repeating proportions such as "length of hairline to eyebrows equals length of eyebrows to tip of the nose equals length of tip of the nose to chin". Don't just do this, measure on your photo first and decide whether these things are correct, or if you have to alter those 'rules'. Just measure and measure (first with eyes, and later check with fingers of pencil!), until you found the top of the head, the hairline, the eyebrows, the tip of the nose, and the chin. Then you can measure how wide the head will be, I usually look at how wide the head is in the image, and then see how far that is up from the chin to above (usually width of the head equals chin to somewhere around the eyebrows, but it can vary quite a lot).
- Then I focus on angles (while keeping measuring). What I usually do with photos is drawing lightly over a rather straight line in the face, and try to duplicate that angle on my sketch, measuring every now and then if I'm not completely off. When you practice this more and more you'll notice you're getting better with this and that you start "feeling" the proportions, knowing when to stop a line and start a new angle.
Try not to go to straight in your lines, when you see a curve you can estimate how it'll go, just draw the straight line very lightly so you know the angle, and then draw the curve you know is there.
In this stage I usually try to get the outline of the face right, and the angle of the nose. Also I measured a few more points here, like how wide the eyes will be and where the line between the lips is.
- Keeping the angles and measured points in mind I start to draw the more "detailed" areas, I define the nose a little and the mouth and beard. I think I forgot the eyes here, usually I draw the line of the upper eyelid and the lower eyelid as well. It is hard to not go into detail already in this fase, but just keep in mind that you need this stage to check for mistakes (looking at the drawing in the mirror helps finding mistakes easier, and also it can be good to take a break from it and view it with fresh eyes, and to take a step back. After taking a little break from this image I now see that the right (our left) cheak puffs out a bit too much, that the mouth should be a little extended on the right (our left ) and many other little angle mistakes. I can fix these now, take another look and move on to the detailing and rendering.
So, I hope this helps you with setting up the proportions for a portrait from photo.
I'd like to note that I usually only do this when I intend to spend at least one hour on a portrait, because when I do quick 10 minute portraits I simply don't have time to measure this much, then I only do the first two steps, and make some quick angles before I make the lines more curvy and natural.
This took me 30 minutes so far, and it still has many flaws. Try not to hurry stuff like this on a sketch you intend to work longer on. Also: if you didn't check it yet: Andrew Loomis's book on figure drawing has a really nice overview of the standard proportions to give you an idea what proportions to look for in portraits.
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