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Old 11-01-2010, 07:50 PM
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JTMB's Monthly Challenge Page-Per-Day Sketchbook - Portraits and Figures

Gulp! Producing people sketches which give a good facial likeness is a very weak area for me right now - so I've decided to do that for this challenge instead of my normal landscapes, birds and related subjects.

The sketchbook used is a 12 x 9" Aquabee wirebound sketchbook with 93 pound (150 gsm) paper, textured on one side and smoother on the other. I think the primary medium will be graphite, but may throw in some pen, watercolor washes, watersoluble ink pen and wash and who knows what else. My subject references will probably mostly be photos from magazines or one of several artist reference books that I have in my library.

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Very cool undertaking, John. Getting a likeness is hard and I admire you goal this month.
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OK, here's page one. The 'model' here was from Mark Simon's book Facial Expressions Babies to Teens that I found one day at a book store. It looks like he has one for adults too, but I haven't tracked that one down yet. In the book, he takes a model and shoots a wide variety of facial expressions that he gets them to do, based on a variety of moods or situations that he has them envision. Of course with the babies, you just shoot a bunch and hope to get good expressions. The person in this sketch is from page 200, the first pose in the upper left of the page. Of course, Simon appears to have picked people with interesting features - the model drawn here has a heavy jaw, very thick eyebrows, large eyes and a ton of black hair.

This one is done with HB woodless graphite and an Ebony pencil.

I think I got some likeness to the photo, but there are definitely areas that aren't 'right' from the viewpoint of someone who does portraits regularly.

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Re: JTMB's Monthly Challenge Page-Per-Day Sketchbook - Portraits and Figures

Tough subject matter, John, but I'm sure the practice will be worth it. Nice start.
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Re: JTMB's Monthly Challenge Page-Per-Day Sketchbook - Portraits and Figures

You are off to a great start John! Portraits (faces and full body) are my favorite subjects and I am in a Wednesday portrait drawing group. For me it seems drawing from a live model is easier to get a likeness than a photo, but maybe that's just me. (Can't always find a live one to sit still for you!) I find profiles easier also-- you did a good job with a full face! Do it every day and you will be amazed at the progress in a month! Art books are really helpful for figuring out face parts one at a time. Your proportions are quite good also. Keep it up!
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Re: JTMB's Monthly Challenge Page-Per-Day Sketchbook - Portraits and Figures

Thanks Chris and Candace! I have had two figure drawing classes at a local college last year, so do have some training in that area - but, I haven't done much beyond that class. I hope this month will help push my abilities up a bit at least.
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Re: JTMB's Monthly Challenge Page-Per-Day Sketchbook - Portraits and Figures

Hi John! Good start to your new challenge. There are so many sites and books you can go to for advice with drawing portraits and figures etc. it is a huge subject.

My main 2 tips would be to think about getting a range of tone - too much of the same tone will end up flat. Start off with a bit of graphite and using a q-tip (cotton buds here in OZ!) smudge and blend to create a smooth range of tone, build the depth of colour slowly. Tip no. 2 is that our faces don't really have too many hard lines - it is more about areas of tone meeting up (if that makes sense?!).

I look forward to watching your progress, hope you have fun!
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Great topic to study, your off to a good start...
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Thanks Chuck and Jackie.

Jackie - what softness of pencil do you tend to work with?
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Here's the second portrait. This model is a 7 year old from page 96 of Mark Simon's facial expressions book. It's a passable likeness (by my current standards) - I think his mom might recognize him from my drawing...! (Maybe.)

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Good stuff John - I find faces turning away quite difficult, you've done a great job!

I used to work with a set of pencils that were HB to 9B (lightest to darkest and getting very soft - difficult to keep a sharp point). I use mechanical pencils quite a bit because I like the really fine sharp point you get with those. However, I recently bought some loose graphite pencils that are 6H (very hard and very light) through to H. I think these are mainly meant for technical drawings but I like to use them to lay in the bones of the drawing and gradually work up to the B's. I have been saving the 9B just for really small points of interest in the celtic studies.

Being such a hard pencil, it is very easy to gouge the paper, so unless you want to hint at very fine hairs or whiskers that you later go over with a dark pencil so that they look "embossed" - go easy with pressing the point into the paper's surface.

Phew! Sorry to ramble but hope that helps a little? Let me know if I can help out anymore
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Hi John, I cannot comment on the likeness since they are not people I have seen. But you sure have gotten the ages dead one. . . a teen and a seven year old! Great work.

BTW. . . my favorite book for drawing people is called Drawing by Carrie Stuart Parks and Rick Parks. They do forensic drawing also for law enforcement and they teach classes in drawing and in forensic drawing. AND I know them too as they have same dogs as me
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Re: JTMB's Monthly Challenge Page-Per-Day Sketchbook - Portraits and Figures

wonderful subject to challenge yourself with! and what a great start!

In comparing the first sketch to the second, I can tell you have already begun to improve on your tonal range/shading.

I'm really interested in seeing how this subject matter develops for you.
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Sorry, John. . . the book is called Realistic Drawing by those folks. They have a series (people, kids, pets, secrets, etc)
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