So back into it and decided to keep on the eyes, practice makes …, well anyway to mix it up I attempted to draw from a photo, a representation of an eye, and to start adding other features as I feel comfortable. I choose a cover for an autobiography on Sting.
First up, I choose this particular image because it appeared relatively simple, black and white tones with a side on perspective, in the photo Sting is looking upwards and a light is shining down onto his features adding lots of highlights in his iris.
What I like about this exercise is that I’m becoming more confident with the detail involved in drawing an eye and outside of that it makes me aware that I need to study my subject longer and in greater detail before I even start to draw, this I think applies to anything you are drawing. For instance I had never really looked at an eye, broken down the three distint areas in the pupil and iris and then the layeres of skin surrounding them, the fine blood vessels and the shading that gives a 3D look to the eye ball are crucial.
- know thy subject
- layer, layer and layer
- dont be rushed.
I’m not as happy with this drawing as the previous however I felt I tried something new and learnt by making mistakes what to avoid next time (maybe).
The photograhy is a bit bright which takes out some of the finer lines but to start I didn’t quite position the pupil right so the angle of the line of the eye is a little off, the corner also presented a few problems for me but overall I am happy with the result.
enter the eyebrow! and a few wrinkles… work in progress.
Hi ho onto something new tomorrow.