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.