I continue to practice drawing portraits. Finding myself drawn to the human face, I see it as endlessly fascinating! Ultimately, I want to create expressive drawings and paintings, but I also long to simply and accurately capture the essence of a face. Usually I use a reference for my drawings, but the first one below came directly from the act of drawing. I enjoyed watching the image develop without any preconceived ideas of who I was drawing.
The rest of the images are from references. I quite like some, although they don’t come close to representing the actual faces I was trying to draw. The one directly below has a lot of character which I love. I also am continuing to try to draw more birds, animals, and elements from nature.
I like the simplicity of this pen drawing above. Very stylized, but fun.
I continue to try and draw a self portrait. Here is today’s attempt. The face is too narrow and pinched. Maybe that is how I feel! I would really like to be able to get a likeness. It is hard to look in a mirror and draw because I keep moving, and that doesn’t help. Trying to get the relationships right is tough. I really admire people who can create a quick sketch that accurately captures a face so that it is instantly recognizable. I am learning that the slightest mistake can throw it completely off. I appreciate any suggestions on how to improve!