A selection of assorted face sketches scanned from my current sketchbook. I tend to do an awful lot of these:
Most are from imagination but some are taken from my little sketchbook I always take with me whenever I have to travel by train- it’s a great opportunity to draw people “in the wild”. I find that if you don’t take the time to keep looking at new reference you just end up drawing the same thing over and over again- going through the motions- it’s therapeutic but it doesn’t help you learn! A lot of learning to draw from imagination seems to be fighting your own habits and assumptions.
Laying out all your drawings next to one another like this allows you to easily see what mistakes and habits you most often replicate. I seem to draw a lot of white males of indeterminate age looking uncomfortably to the right. Hmm.
This is Keith & and his girlfriend Sue. As you can see they’re very much in love.
It’s Ok, she’s not real. These two are fictional characters I came up with for the fun of painting them. After the last portrait I did to practice and entertain myself I wondered how I could keep things fresh and increase the challenge a bit? The answer: two heads are better than one!
The real fun of doing a multi-person portrait is that you don’t just seek to convey the details of the faces, but to convey the relationship between the subjects too. I’ve got a brilliant idea for what I’m going to do next…
Yeah, thats right 3 people. It’s the logical progression isn’t it?
I’ve been studying facial anatomy lately- more so than usual since I’m always drawing faces. Here’s two little studies done to help me practice creating realistic faces from imagination.Though I admit did use several reference pics to check certain features against. The first is from last week, the second is from this week.
I feel like I’ve learned a lot in a very short time! No doubt a lot of what I’ve learned is down to the amazing Stan Prokopenko who probably does the best facial anatomy drawing videos on youtube. It’s quite refreshing to learn exactly what I’ve been getting repeatedly wrong for years!
I like drawing ugly people, they offer so much more potential for interesting lines than pretty people, hence my sketchbooks are full of them. Here’s some ugly folks I’ve drawn recently.
Disclaimer: If you think you see yourself on here, I assure you these are entirely fabricated faces and it wasn’t intentional.
I just got back from a holiday to Portugal. It was beautiful. Too beautiful.
Along with the beautiful sea, the beautiful sun and the beautiful location there were so many beautiful people there that it made me quite uncomfortable. Back here in Britain the sea is a sewer, the sun is a memory and the average member of the public looks like an experimental pastry.
In order to cope with the ugliness withdrawal I was forced to draw ugly people to remain sane.
In actual fact I came up with absurd names first and decided to sketch the character to match the names. I thoroughly recommend it as an artistic exercise!
This chap is called Roy LLewellyn-Wopp. He owns a 40 acre estate in the south of England which he shares with his wife Fanny Crevice Llewellyn-Wopp. Roy is a fan of heavy drinking and racial abuse, and since the fox hunting ban likes to invite ethnic minorities and poor people into his estate then chase them out again on horseback.
This fine example of an English woman is Ms Mandy Backsnaff. Mandy is an unemployed former world-series chess champion from the northern town of Sphincter-upon-Sea. She likes milkshake and listening in on other people’s conversations. Despite the fact she talks at a speed of only twenty syllables a minute Mandy is reputed to have an IQ of 194.
This portrait is of the famed detective Socrates Jones. Mr Jones is a world class detective specialising in solving crimes that other detectives simply can’t handle. He’s mainly hired to investigate the theft of stationary from medium sized businesses. As with many well known genii Socrates has a few peculiar perks specific to his character; such as hoarding cauliflower in his home and sniffing small animals against their will.
This final image is of the Welsh-Born international superstar Susan Barnacles. Famed for her stunning looks and moderate singing ability Susan Barnacles sprung to fame on the popular TV show Britain’s quite Shallow.