Tuesday, April 24, 2012
BEHIND-THE-SCENES: Drawing a Face-A-Day
When drawing the faces for my Face-A-Day Project, I use a black felt pen to draw a continuous, contour line.
I draw a light pencil line from corner to corner, on both the reference pic and the watercolor paper, to give me some reference angles.
I usually start with the eyes, or the eye area . . .
I don't draw the face with pencil first, and there's no erasing with a pen, so sometimes I draw a "wrong" line. Obviously, I can't use this technique when I'm doing a portrait commission.
Even though I try not to lift my pen, I occasionally do. But, I try to pick up where I left off, and connect the lines.
Then, voila! Sometimes I'm pleased with the result -- sometimes, not. But, it's always an enjoyable experience, and I learn something with each face.