24 November 2010

More Life Drawing sessions and 642 Things To Draw

With my nightly Oztag games postponed for another two months, I'm finding it hard to continue my portrait-drawings. My previous drawings of TV characters and pets/animals were done after my night-games as I relaxed on the couch.

However, here are more sketches from the Life Drawing sessions that I am able to attend because of the postponed competition.



Also, I was given 642 Things To Draw as a gift. Here are some sketches from it:

12 October 2010

Life Drawing at the Arthouse Hotel

With the Oztag Summer season postponed to December, I've been attending Monday night Life Drawing sessions at the Arthouse Hotel. Here are some of my sketches from those sessions.


I find focusing on, then drawing the details difficult.

06 September 2010

Tigh: "...And if I die today, that's the man I'll be."

Michael Hogan's Saul Tigh from Battlestar Galactica.


Here's the original picture.

I'll have to find a way to "finish-off" these sketches while keeping their quick-sketch look (i.e. the messy hatching and cross-hatching). Some expriments with Sketchbook Pro and a Wacom tablet may be in order.

18 August 2010

Lee: "This looks familiar..."

Here is Kara in Galactica's brig immediately after Lee's visit, near the beginning of the mini-series.


Here's the source photo.

I used more lead and paper on Kara than on any other subject. I really wanted to draw her well. Unfortunately, this final version (my 6th attempt, 3rd completed) is as good as I can sketch her. I think I'm still putting too much effort into the eyes.

Though I failed in capturing Kara's original "look", I think I captured a different but equally poignant "look".

Here's my first completed sketch from 2 weeks ago.

01 August 2010

(lack of) Appreciation for and patience in drawing non-faces

Because I want to be able to draw clouds, mountains, and waterfalls, I tried sketching two photos of my friends' recent trip to Canada. I lost interest in both tasks very quickly. I think I'll need to find the appreciation for and patience in drawing non-faces.

28 July 2010

A difficult subject

(I find drawing women's faces difficult.)

The source photo of Kandyse McClure's Dee (from Battlestar Galactica) is here.

In the photo, Dee's head is tilted up from the camera and her face is highlighted from below. I found these along with her smooth skin and the shape of her nose difficult to draw/fake/sketch.

(Note that the images below were Desaturated then "Unsharped-masked" (whatever that actually means) in a photo manipulation application. I would rather post unprocessed images but my camera skills are poor. E.g. the first image in Attempt 2.)

Attempt 2:
The first and second images are the same work. I moved, reshaped and resized most (if not all) of the elements of Dee's face and head. I think the work-in-progress version is better than the final result. Reshaping the forehead, chin and jaw would have been sufficient. I should have left the eyes and mouth as they were.

Attempt 1:
The shape and angle of Dee's head is clearly wrong. The headset was a distraction. Also, as per usual, I worked on the eyes too heavily. Their bold lines take the viewers attention but they made the drawing too cartoon-like.

16 July 2010

Edward James Olmos'
Definition of insanity


Edward James Olmos.
From his public service announcement
for the use of safe, clean and renewable energy:
Definition of insanity youtube

15 July 2010

In need of accuracy

"Realistic" drawing/sketching is all about accuracy.

One or two skewed or out-of-place elements are enough for an odd-looking drawing - especially when compared with the source.

An illustrator friend's advice is to "keep going" with the work.

I've done that. But I've also erased and redrawn parts (small and large) of "completed" drawings. And I've also started-over after different stages of drawing - some mere outlines but some completes.

Maybe, I should try caricatures.


Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka. (Source photo.)
I couldn't get his eyes correct in 4 previous attempts with a diffent photo.
This was my 1st attempt with the source photo in the link.
The nose needs more depth.



I can't do teeth. Apart from other mistakes, her nose is off.



30 June 2010

Quick sketches

It's been 20 years since I last sketched.
These are those that I've completed and/or I've been happy with in the last week.

They are quite messy. I used bold lines and scribblings to "correct" their mistakes. And the proportions and perspectives of some of their elements (e.g. eyes, mouth, etc.) are skewed.