Besides looking at angles, line directions, and measurements, I look for shapes in the subject. I look for triangles, circles, rectangles and even cones, spheres, etc. In this case I found triangle relationships between the tops of the ears and the chin, the bridge of the nose and the chin, the pupils, the nose, and the chin. I also see a cone in the nose. I say cone, because it is a 3-dimensional shape and the nose is easily thought of as a 3-dimensional shape. I’m a novice at Illustrator, however, so didn’t take the time to learn how to make the cone or the sphere for use here. It’s on my list of things to figure out.
When my sketch is complete, I can begin to add detail. I must say that, having the sketch as accurate as it is after doing the measurements and comparisons, I feel confident in adding shading and values. As I described in the previous post I’m ready to MODEL this face. I’m ready to make it look three dimensional by the use of shadows and highlights.
I’m starting with one of the eyes. My reason – because I can. I probably should have started high up on the left side of the drawing so that, as I work, I wouldn’t be rubbing my arm or hand across the graphite or charcoal. I didn’t do that. I wanted to start with an eye. I at least chose the left eye. I’m putting a piece of paper over areas to the right of where I’m working so I don’t smudge my lines or finished areas.
As I begin to add detail with shading my mind gets lost in the drawing and I no longer think of my drawing as a person. I see it as shapes and edges, lights and darks. I could be drawing a flower or a tape measure or a vase for all I know. I have to pull back mentally to once again see that I’m working on an eye.
I started out with a General Brand 2H Graphite pencil for the lightest areas, but then switched to a General Brand Primo HB charcoal pencil. For really dark areas, I used a General Brand Primo 3B charcoal pencil. You don’t want to press very hard with a graphite pencil because it gives you a shiny, waxy looking bloom. When the finished drawing is held up, light will reflect on different areas with more or less shine. For areas that you want to have darker, use a charcoal pencil and clean up the edges with a graphite pencil.
As I’ve worked this evening, I spread out away from the eye.
I’m not sure what I’m going to do about the eyebrows. The hairs are very white, but so close together that they’re difficult to draw individually. I decided to draw in some of the white hairs and to come back later and add some slightly less than white ones in between the white ones. If that doesn’t turn out the way I like, I’ll try painting some white Gouache over some of the hairs. This would be the last step in the drawing. I want to have all of my values laid out so I can add white to give the greatest value contrast.