Since my last post, I started working on some other drawings. My favourite black pen ran out of ink and I moved on to the next one in my drawer, just a standard blue pen (however its aptly named Jetstream considering I work in the aviation industry!)
So my cartoony drawings started looking terrible, time to try shading with pen! Why I don’t use pencil, I am not really sure. I may argue that pen hurts my wrist less since I don’t have to press as hard, but I was getting so into the drawings that I was hurting anyway!
Another thing I contemplated and learned was that I am terrible at scaling pictures. Again, I used my 15 minute background rotations to inspire my work, but I found with the detail i was putting into it, I was lucky to be able to fit half a head onto the sheet. Also, after the 15 mins was up, I started the next one, so the doodles were very incomplete in numerous ways.
With all that negativity aside, I am really pleased with my improvement!
Without further ado, here are my best 2 doodles:
This one was particularly difficult to shade as the light was from behind, making most of his face dark. Lessons learned here…
Could be applied here!
I was interested to analyze the way I approached drawing them. I always start from the ears and work my way down the top of the face, adding tack, then completing the face. On the second one, I had realized this and decided to start elsewhere, I started with the bit and moved on to the mouth, then finished the noseband, then chin, and the rest of the face. Last thing I added was the eye, and the eye always seems to come last for me, it really defines the picture. You can see in the last one, I didn’t get around to filling in the reins and cheekpiece in my 15 minutes but they were actually one of the first things I drew (as they were attached to the bit). I really think that by breaking my ear start habit, I came through with a much better picture!
I have never really done the “draw squares, circles, sausages etc” technique, I kind of just follow where the pen takes me. Maybe I will try it someday, maybe this works just fine.