Facial features – study from found images and some books
Proportions of the head (front and profile)
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.
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.
- 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.
– Practice and practice, working more with life models. I will see in next exercise how I get my learning into practice with myself.
- 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