Can I draw? - Day 2 / by Frixos Masouras

New day, new approach. Following yesterdays baby-steps into portrait drawing today I wanted to, ummm yeah, cover some more portrait drawing. At least that's how I started the session. This time however, I looked to the 'Web' for some impromptu guidance.

As part of this experiment, after having a crash-course on portrait drawing yesterday, I continued the DIY-ish approach by surfing the internet for any drawing courses I could find. It goes without saying that Youtube is filled with (...anything) tutorials on how to draw, however there are more specialised sites one could go to (like www.newmastersacademy.org). Sure, there is a small monthly fee involved but there is not doubt that the material within is top notch. If you are interested in drawing, Mr. Sheldon Borenstein is a name you ought to look out for. He has a unique way of introducing you to art. 

After an hour or so of watching different videos (specifically on portrait drawing and the human face) I got down to business.

Day 2: "A". Analogies are still way off. Tried some different angles. Since there is no eraser involved I found a new way of dealing with mistakes. The word "No" works wonders I think.

Day 2: "A". Analogies are still way off. Tried some different angles. Since there is no eraser involved I found a new way of dealing with mistakes. The word "No" works wonders I think.

Finishing the first page of Day 2 I had yet another tiny epiphany. When dealing with anything natural in drawings (I realise that this is Art 101....maybe?) there is no such thing as a straight line. I could be completely wrong but that is what my perception told me through today's session. Straight lines on a face DO look ridiculous though, nothing natural in that.

This was just a basic outline of a portrait viewed from below. Then I thought I'd add silly details and turn him into "Mr. Thumbkey" for a day.

This was just a basic outline of a portrait viewed from below. Then I thought I'd add silly details and turn him into "Mr. Thumbkey" for a day.

 

Another small difference here is that I placed my "crutches" (that's what I call the straight lines I use for "aiming" and measuring, ok?) around the portrait instead of ONLY on it. And on the second sheet I tried getting rid of lines ON the portrait altogether and opted to just place them around.

 

Yeah... Buddha with a 'mohawk' and... interesting. Why was my 'male' angry and the female 'swooning'? Must investigate... Quick, get them a set of Occulus Rift developer packs.

Yeah... Buddha with a 'mohawk' and... interesting. Why was my 'male' angry and the female 'swooning'? Must investigate... Quick, get them a set of Occulus Rift developer packs.

More practice coming my way for sure since the portrait on the top left suffers from a severe case of "disproportionate". I tried different angles again with the two sketches on the bottom just to see if I could place the 'details' (meaning just ears, eyes, nose, mouth) vaguely correctly. So yeah, not quite! Following that I wanted to check an eye up close and see what I can replicate. This is the first time I tried drawing something I was actively looking up at.

For some reason all I can think of when looking at this is "shark-jaws". 

For some reason all I can think of when looking at this is "shark-jaws". 

To finish up the day I wanted to carry on drawing something I was looking at so I went to the place where fantasy meets EPIC (imo) art. Warhammer 40.000 and the two headed eagle of the Codex Astartes. The Space Marines (all hail Games Workshop for everything. Yes, everything).

My armour is contempt; My shield is disgust; My sword is hatred; In the Emperor's name;let your pencil improve... 

My armour is contempt; My shield is disgust; My sword is hatred; In the Emperor's name;let your pencil improve... 

Being an incurable fan, I couldn't help but feel the heavy breathing of a Blood Angel Terminator behind me as I drew this. Still, at first I was going to try and replicate the sign of Khorne. Let's just say I'd suffer less for messing THIS one up.

That's Day 2 in the books!  

- Frixos Masouras 2014