Drawing Heads At Speed

26 Sep

Pastel drawing: multiple heads.

 

I don’t normally do portraits because I think they’re really HARD. I find it much easier to draw the human body, rather than the face, but now and again I have a go. It’s easier when you’ve been drawing the model for a while because you get used to them. The face is not only extremely complex; there’s no room for even the slightest mistake because it means the difference between a likeness and looking like someone else. I’d had some practice with this particular model; I’d drawn her many times before so I had already developed a sort of ‘shorthand’ for her features. The drawings are pastel and chalk onto sugar paper and the poses were between 5 and 10 minutes. I’m pleased with the results; the speed drawing freed me up from worrying too much about being accurate and they ended up being quite good likenesses.

One Response to “Drawing Heads At Speed”

  1. Hellopalz October 1, 2011 at 08:39 #

    You are right, I find it difficult to draw human face and sometimes figures too…. but i of course overuse erasers when i need good eyes or sharp nose features, its all worth it!

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