Project Six – Exercise 1: Facial features

Facial features – study from found images and some books

Stefan513593 - Project 6 - Exercise 1 - Features a

Stefan513593 – Project 6 – Exercise 1 – Features a

 

Stefan513593 - Project 6 - Exercise 1 - Features b

Stefan513593 – Project 6 – Exercise 1 – Features b

 

Stefan513593 - Project 6 - Exercise 1 - Features c

Stefan513593 – Project 6 – Exercise 1 – Features c

Proportions of the head (front and profile)
Stefan513593 - Project 6 - Exercise 1 - Head

Stefan513593 – Project 6 – Exercise 1 – Head


 

After intense study of the facial features, its proportions and relationship towards each other, I was ready to do a full face on larger scale. For that I tried my new arrived pastel paper (PastelCard) as I am on constant search for a good support for my Conté crayon drawings.  I chose a green paper tone as the person I wanted to depict (found image from a TV series) was in a sad mood and started even to cry.

Stefan513593 - Project 6 - Exercise 1 - Face

Stefan513593 – Project 6 – Exercise 1 – Face

I started in the middle with the nose and the eye moving, checking the relationships, and continued with marking the mouth and the ear. For this drawing I decided not to overwork but even leave the green paper colour shining through on the face. I left the surrounding space and lower parts of the figure rather indicative to not distract from the face. In the background I applied zig zag markings emphasizing the sad helpless mood of the person.

Learnings:

  • Studying single features at a time and putting them step by step together helps to draw a more believable face.
  • Understanding the individual characteristics of a feature, e.g. length and curving of the mouth line, drawing them and continuing similar with each feature makes eventually a face, a head that resembles quite well the model.

Next time:
– Practice and practice, working more with life models. I will see in next exercise how I get my learning into practice with myself.

Reference:
  • Vanderpoel, J.H. (1958) ‘The Human Figure’, New York: Dover Publications Inc.
  • Carter Clark, Roberta (2011) ‘ How to paint living portraits’. Cincinnati: North Light Books

 

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