I gotta be honest and say that I've been feeling anything but creative lately. We moved from the Portland area to Eugene in April and I just haven't really recovered from the upheaval yet. While I have an art space in our apartment, I lost my big art studio in the move and a lot of my supplies are in storage. Just feel a tiny bit lost and it's been hard to create consistently, hence this new challenge. I'd really like to improve my people drawing skills but I really admire artists who can capture faces and likeness in just a few lines so I decided today around with cartooning. I've got a long way to go in this but I really like some of the marks I've made and I think there's some potential here.
I am really enjoying drawing these blind contour faces...much more than trying to draw them "for real". I decided today to use white ink on black paper. I think they are so interesting to look at. I like that they make me slow down while drawing but I'm finding that my eyes and hand aren't moving at the same rate so I need to be more mindful of keeping them on pace. For the other picture, I decided to do some continuous line drawings of some random reference pictures I had laying around. These weren't blind because I could look at the page while drawing but theses types of drawings are made with one continuous line. I'll admit I did pick up the pen a few times on the bicycle but really only where the tires pass behind the frame. I like the wonkiness of these kind of drawings.
Someone in my Sketchbook Skool group suggested doing blind contour faces to practice them and to help get a better feel for how the features are oriented. Blind contour lines are made by slowly moving the pen on the page, tracking the movement of your eye but never looking at the paper. These are very abstracted but I must admit that I like these so much more than the face drawings I've done so far. They are really interesting. What's interesting, too is that when I drew the features first (eyes, nose, mouth, etc) and then drew the outlines of the face, they look much more facelike but the ones where I drew the outline of the face first ended up with the features outside of that outline.
Woo Hoo! I'm on a roll now :). I had trouble thinking of what to draw in my sketchbook today. But I did have a couple of ideas which is way better than none! I decided today to try Shiloh Sophia's 20 line face drawing method. I've tried drawing realistic faces a few times in the recent past only to end up with faces that look like a 5 year old did them. I got so frustrated that I just stopped drawing them and "decided" that I just can't do faces. But I think the problem is more that I can't "see" them in a way to be able to draw them so I'm going to try again and again and again until I get the hang of them. I've drawn a few "manga" style faces (I'll post my first attempt at those after today's drawing) and Shiloh Sophia's method appeals to me in its simplicity. So, I gave it a go. Once I had the pen drawing done I thought I'd use my new set of Derwent Graphitint pencils. These are interesting in that they are subtly tinted pencils that can be blended like graphite pencils or add water to bring out more of the pigment. So, once again I opted for water in a non-water sketchbook. Oh well...guess I'm just a rebel at heart! The colors and shading show up as more subtle in this pic than they are in reality. There's some wonkiness in her features and hair but overall I like her, especially since this is my first attempt with this method :).