She looks too old. The body shape is good – for a little kid she has a very square and strong frame.
Very quick sketch focusing on shirt and vest and how they sit on his shoulders, and how the collar sits on the shirt and surrounds the neck. Exactly the sorts of details I would have avoided drawing years ago because I always seemed to screw them up.
Quick sketches – of the girl, a boy walking away, and a father and child. The latter is good – I like it. Although I did not capture the truly awesome boof-head of the kid – his hair was amazing.
A copy of Michael Mazur’s untitled sketch of a head. The original is truly amazing – smeared charcoal but beautifully human. I loved doing this drawing – nothing like grabbing a 6B and attacking the paper like a madman. But he lacks… humanity.
This is from a sad photograph. It’s of the young Bela Lugosi around the so-called success of Dracula. He’d been a successful stage actor, was bonking Clara Bow (behind his wife’s back), and was making a fortune. And then the film was a success and he was ruined.
Sketch: about 90 minutes, Koh-i-Noor 0.5 mm, 2B. I redid his eyes about four times – still wrong. And his head is actually much more round than this. I like the pic – I think it works well – but it doesn’t look like Bela.
Two studies of Vincent Price. All about measuring and values. I really like the values sketch – it looks more like Price than the fleshed out sketch. (0.5mm Koh-i-Noor, 2B, about an hour between them.)
Why Vincent Price? Why the hell not.
So here we come to the main sketch, where it all gets brought together.
Yeah, it all gets brought together in a storm of crap. What’s wrong with his left eye? Where is the right hand side of his head?? Is his mouth moving to the right due to gravitational pull??? Jackass!
Nice sense of light source, though (jacket unfinished). (0.5mm Koh-i-Noor, 2B, about an hour.)
Measuring practice with chairs found in photographs of abandoned asylums, dumps, ruined houses, or trashed by the side of the road. Why chairs? Because if something is out of place, you can instantly tell. There’s a few of these chairs that wouldn’t stand up by themselves…
Nice black and white sketch of a carousel horse. I’m going to color it using Derwent Graphitints, and so I wanted to preserve this original before I screwed it up.
And here he is, coloured (about 40 minutes):
OK. But watch your highlights – there is no clear light source in this picture, and it’s the highlights that give it away (the shading isn’t great, but it’s better than the highlights). Choose a light source and stick to it.
Quick horse sketch
Started out doing it for basic shapes, and it ended up a nice little cartoon pony. Done with HB, Staedtler Mars Lumograph 100.
Study of horses heads
I had an entire other page before I did these… and they still suck. The last one at least looks like a horse and not an alsatian. Took about 30 to 40 minutes to do this group.
Biggest technical challenge: Measuring. Look at how far wrong the first one is (and remember I’d done about six before it).
Biggest form challenge: Ears. The f*cking ears. Good grief, but they were long one nightmare. The hair isn’t good, but it’s just a throwaway addition, whereas the ears were a must. Just so wrinkly-twisty. Top-row I used HB non-mechanical. Bottom I used the GraphGear (HB). Odd color is scanner noise (I did it as 48-bit color).