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 four. I now call this “the black eye faze”, for obvious reasons. I use a 4B and HB mechanial pencil to key the drawing. It’s to figure out the darkest and lightest tones. This is where the fun begins.
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.
Here is step 2. I finished the super basic outline silhouette of the drawing. Next step will take longer with placing the shapes of the facial features. In case you were wondering this is 11×14 bristol paper and I’m just using an HB graphite pencil so far. Can you tell who it is yet?
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.
I know I said I’d have a work in progress posted here by the weekend, so I’m a little late with this but here is the latest. I’m also filming this one as a time lapse. I’m excited about it since I’ve wanted to film a grey toned paper drawing for a while and it’s turning out pretty good.
Here is my first portrait in full color. I’m making some progress, but it’s a long road. First, I’m not confident in color yet, so I’m going slower. Plus, I’ve been busier these days with my kids, so I haven’t had much chance time to work on stuff.
I hope everyone likes what they see here. Although it’s my first try, I hope it’s not a disaster. I’m trying to go light to avoid over layering on the paper. I’m nervous about the hair. We’ll see how it goes.
I don’t know how many people who come on this blog also know about DeviantArt but it’s a web community especially for artists of all types. People from all over the world, novice to professional, can post their work for everyone to see. I like it and not. The site is so huge that its easy to get lost in the shuffle. The only way to be sure your stuff is seen is to join groups and submit your stuff to the groups. I’m only a member of 21 groups, which really isn’t a whole lot considering others.
My most popular drawing is Benedict Cumberbatch. It helps that he’s super big stuff internationally.
But to the point of why I bring the site up. There are some amazing, amazing artwork on there. I recently found this.
That’s a drawing!!!!!! I can not, for the life of me, wrap my head around it.
This an extreme example, but stuff like this both discourages and inspires. It proves that I have a really long way to go to being a better artist.
Luckily, most of the better artists on this site are willing to provide their tips. I came across a tutorial for drawing a detailed portrait, so I’m following it to see what kind of result I’ll get.
This is Dakota Fanning, and I know it’s a little creepy at this stage. I’ve got a while to go. I’m only about 3 1/2 hours in.