I don’t remember the point of this practice exercise. It couldn’t have been faces exclusively since two are hidden. Maybe it was a combination face practice and composition design. I was getting better at facial proportions in this sketch.
There is a partial sketch, in sepia, of a figure on this page of my sketch book. But the important lesson I learned, in sketching the faces was: less is more. With just a few marks, I depicted a person not feeling well. What marks an artist does NOT make are just as important as […]
There were a lot of faces and figures that interested me in this sketching session.
In crowded situations, my sketching contracts. I do small vignettes, moving mostly my thumb and forefinger, anchoring my wrist in one place. (Normally I my wrist would be in action.) Even with the restricted reach of my pencil I was able to trace some quite different characters.
Since the beginning of the year I’ve been practicing to improve my sketching. Faces have always been difficult for me, so I draw them again and again. Below are some practice sketches, complete with mistakes. The 3/4 profile at the 11 O’Clock position did not work: it turned out to be a combination of a […]
Usually, waiting rooms are filled with people. Today the receptionist was the sole person there and only visible from the neck up thanks to the high counter surrounding her. When I was done, her likeness looked like the ones you see on foreign coins. Unsatisfying. Fortunately, I had another opportunity to sketch. A young man […]
I never seem to get it right on the first stroke. That’s why I use pencil and make my initial movements lightly. I saw some simple line portraits the other day that were bold, direct contours of faces. I tried that today during my 15 minute sketch time. I wonder if the bold lines in […]
Most people who wait in waiting rooms look at their phones. Postures are similar but faces are different.
Todays other watercolor experiment: After my watercolor warmup today, see Scales post, I wanted to do something creative. I used a stiff-bristle brush to paint a quick, angular, dry brush stroke that I usually use to represent an eyebrow and nose of a face. I used Hooker’s green. As I had some cobalt blue at […]