This is the last update, next will be the finished drawing. This time I completed the hair. Obviously, Gilbert’s hair was easiest here. Anne’s was a little more work. I still might go back to the hair to texture it a little more. I’m working on the clothing now, and always go over details all over the drawing to finish it off. Stay tuned!
I’m back! After a few busy days out of town, I was able to draw yesterday. This time I “completed” the mouths, cheeks, chins, and Gilbert’s ears. I’m having to be careful right now since the skin can start to look a little dirty the more I try to fix things. Next I’m going to draw the hair. I also need to decide how much detail I’ll be putting into the clothing. Anne is wearing a lace dress. If you’ve been here a while you know, I don’t like lace!
When I started this drawing at the beginning of the week, I thought I’d be done by now. This time I began working on the foreheads, noses, and the other eyes. It’s not looking the way I had hoped it would at this point, but I’m having to remind myself, I’m not even half way done. The lighting in the source picture is slightly flat, since it’s outdoors, so I’m constantly squinting at the picture and drawing so I can be sure to get much as contrast as possible. Did you know squinting is a great way to better see where the lights and darks are? I learned it from the online course I took, and it’s made a big difference.
This will also be my last update for this week. I won’t be able to work on the drawing again until Sunday night or, knowing me, maybe even Monday. I hope everyone has a great weekend!
Here is step three of this drawing. Basically, everything is all laid out and ready to begin laying in some tones or shadows. This goes through a lot of checking and little adjustments. At this point, I always want to be sure that the subjects are somewhat recognizable before moving on. By the way, this is Anne and Gilbert of the “Anne of Green Gables” movie series.
I started a new drawing last night! I’m not going to tell who it is yet, unless you are a really good guesser and can tell who it is. You can tell by the shapes that there are two people. It’s been a while since I had done a drawing with more than one subject. I might post progress pictures on my instagram, @nicoledrawing, but I can post them here as well if you’d like to see that. Let me know in the comments.
Tom Hanks! It was an easy choice to redo the drawing I did back in December. I didn’t mind how it turned out then but I also knew it could be better. I went through the online course I took, and mentioned in my last post, step by step, and really took my time making sure this turns out. Here is the result!
Here’s the steps taken (kind of).
I started with the basic layout. I actually did this drawing with the way you learn in most basic drawing classes, with lines and circles. The instructor explained it so simply, a light bulb went on in my head and I finally was able to use this method successfully. Next was adding shadow shapes and the actual features and final checking over and over again to make sure everything was in it’s proper place.
Next was what’s called “Keying the Drawing” to get the contrast I wanted. I started with the eyes. Then I moved on to the forehead, than the nose. The instructor called this “modeling the form” which is pretty helpful in remembering to make the shapes on the face more defined.Next, the mouth and chin. On to the ear, cheek and hair. Then finished off with the neck and the collar of the jacket.
I’m going to be bold and say the improvement is awesome! It took me about 10-12 hours to do. Significantly longer than the original 2 1/2 hours. I knew taking my time makes a big difference. Proportions are much better and the facial features are better placed and angled. What do you think?
2015 has been the year of learning to improve. I began the year looking into Classical Drawing and trying out some Bargue drawings. I think because of those, I’ve ditched the “grid method”. I also bought and read the book “Lessons in Classical Drawing: Essential Techniques from Inside the Atelier” by Juliette Aristides
This book was so great and got me excited to try drawing more than just portraits, although I haven’t tried too much yet.
Most recently I actually followed an online drawing course from a legit art school in Chicago called Vitruvian Studio. This online portrait drawing course was exactly what I’ve always wanted in a drawing course. The instructor explained things in such a way, and with real time demonstration, I had so many a-ha moments and I got so much out of it.
I have drawn a new drawing since finishing the course but I haven’t scanned/photographed it. Hopefully that happens tomorrow, but I will say that it is a redraw of a drawing I did in December to show the difference and improvements. I think there are many.
To learn about the drawing course, click here.
Here is the completed drawing. I had a lot of fun figuring out the design details that would work with what I started with. Since I don’t have design and illustration skills, I needed to look online and mix and match from what I found.
Also, I know the actual portrait is not exactly period correct, since art nouveau was at its peek at the turn of the 20th century, and this picture is from a vintage 1920’s photo. Oh well, still works for me.