The first thing we worked on were eyes; getting them on the page correctly, we were told, would be what sets the rest of the face up for success. (or so we hoped)
We had three eyes to draw from a reference photo. I’ve numbered them as we did them in a particular order. Our focus was on the size of the eye and the placement of the iris and pupil in it, not lashes and shading.
The reference (handout) picture…
Next we had to draw a face, starting with the eyes. We were given an additional handout (not included here) showing how to use “eye width” as a measurement tool and based on that we had to place the rest of the features on the page.
Here is the reference photo we had to draw...
I was much slower than the other students (such is life if you are me) but this is what I managed to get on my paper given the time allotted.
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For the last week I have been focusing on a very special project and thought I would give you a peek at what I’m up to...so far...
There is still much shading to be done; as this is a layering process I cannot rush, I do it in stages, and as time permits. I am learning that one cannot rush the process...sometimes art really does take time.
Suffice it to say, I am very happy with my efforts to this point. I am excited to see the finished piece…are you?
And a little something for those of you with a curious nature…
I found an awesome video on drawing an eye, which I’m going to share with you - because, truly, you will be fascinated - this guy is great! As it is about 14 minutes long, view it when you have the time.
Drawing an eye (photorealistic), by Mark Crilley.
For more great videos just google “how to draw…” (add nose, lips, ears etc after the word draw) and you will be amazed at what talent is out there.
Have you ever drawn a self-portrait, either for fun or for an assignment - how did it turn out?
(I had to do one for an assignment as I make my way through “the book”)