A space for yourself…

Author: gwendoline  |  Category: Sketching

It’s important to have a space with a table and all your drawing equipment around you.   I have this drawing desk which tilts, a fluro light with a moving arm, clamped onto the table,  and all my bits and pieces around me.   I keep a sketch book open and my pencil poised next to it, then, if I have 10 or 20 minutes free, I can easily make use of my time and add to, or revise the work in progress.  If your space is easily accessible, you will find yourself drawing alot more.  Make a small space for yourself, you wont regret it.

Enjoy, Gwendoline

Friday’s sketches

Author: gwendoline  |  Category: Sketching

These are some pencil sketches I did last Friday from life.

Proportions of the average head….

Author: gwendoline  |  Category: Sketching
When we talk about the ‘average head’ we are giving ourselves a measure, in which to compare average proportions to our subject, to see how they might differ or be similar.    As an artist, we need to have a few ways of observing, so we have a means to check our proportional estimates.
I have written out a few notes which can be followed.  The diagrams below will help you grasp their content.
FULL FRONTAL FACE:  Draw a rectangle and make the shape of an egg within it to get the shape of the head.  Start the curve of the bottom half of the egg, half way down the rectangle.  Next you will need to mark the centre of the face with a line vertical through the egg shape. 
The eyeline will be half way through the egg.  The nose will be half way between the eyeline and the chin and the mouth will be half way between the nose and the chin.     
Divide the width of the eyeline into 5 equal parts, being the width of the eyes (5 eyes across on a full frontal only).  From the inner corners of the eyes, draw a vertial line down to the nose line.  The nose is usually the width of an eye.  An eye length should fit from the inner corner of the eye to the top of the side of the nostril (see diagram). 
From the middle of each eye, draw a vertical line down to the corner of the mouth line.  Under the nose to the upper edge of the top lip should be the height of an eye.  From the bottom line of the mouth to the chin, an eye length can usually be found. 
Place the eyebrows above the eyes.  The ears are level with the top of the eyebrows to the bottom of the nose.
 I shall update this entry with more information about viewing the head from other angles.  Keep tuned in, hope this has been helpful so far.

TIP:  After you’ve read your newspaper, take a biro and draw egg heads on the printed photographs.  See if these people fit  into the average proportions quoted above.  It will also help you to understand how to turn a head in various directions.  Practice!!!!!