Monthly Archives: January 2015

Week 3’s Portrait Sketches

Here are the collected pages of my sketches from this week.

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I began my sketches in the technique I have always used, underlying framework with reinforced line work on top. However, as Ryan quickly noticed, this was proving ineffectual and I was spending more time fiddling with details than studying and understanding the face. Instead he introduced me to a much more useful method, looking at the shape of areas of tone rather than of assets of the face. As you can see the quality immediately improved, as well as the speed. The resulting sketches took less than half the time of the the line-work ones and I believe look much better.

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My only issue with this method is that it doesn’t teach me the structure of the face as precisely as I would like. Its very much a “Does this shade go here? No. Why is it wrong?” rather than a “This goes here because…” learning curve. It is certainly good for sketching existing faces, but at this point I am not sure it would do me much good in creating my own. Combined with further reading and practice I believe it will however.At least for now it is giving me a massive cconfidence boost.

 

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Schedule and Milestones

So I often have an issue of working along nicely and working through all my research and development, and then suddenly ITS DEADLINES AND I HAVE SO MUCH LEFT TO DO WHERE DID THE TIME GO?!?! So for this semester I am setting myself a schedule in advance to work to.

I’ve kept it quite basic just now on the fact that my brief is not yet confirmed. But also I don’t want to go into too much specifics because it may be that further down the line I realise some tasks need more time, or are not as important as other tasks, and need to make changes.

Anyway, as of this post these are my current milestones:

Week 1 (12 Jan)

  • Decide brief

Week 2 (19 Jan)

  • Refine brief

Week 3 (26 Jan)

  • Life/live drawing faces x4 pages (sketch with rough shade)
  • Photo-study sketches with shade x6 (sketchbook)
  • Find/read tutorials/techniques on drawing faces, document on blog.

Week 4 (2 Feb)

  • Life/live drawing faces x4 pages (sketch with rough shade)
  • Photo-study portraits with black and white shade x4 (digital)
  • Continue reading tutorials/techniques on drawing faces, document on blog

Week 5 (9 Feb)

  • Life/live drawing faces x4 pages (sketch with rough shade)
  • Photo-study portraits with colour shade x4 (digital)
    • make notes on which colours go where
  • Find and experiment with new photoshop brushes
    • aim for a painterly look

Week 6 (16 Feb)

  • Life/live drawing faces x4 pages (sketch with rough shade)
  • Photo-study portraits with colour shade x4 (digital)
    • make notes on which colours go where
  • Continue experimentations with new photoshop brushes

Week 7 (23 Feb)

  • Life/live drawing faces x4 pages (sketch with rough shade)
  • Portrait studies with colour shade x4 (digital)
    • first attempt at drawing faces from imagination
  • Begin visual research and study of expressionism and its artists

Week 8 (2 Mar)

  • Life/live drawing faces x4 pages (sketch with rough shade)
  • Portrait studies with colour shade x4 (digital)
    • attempt at drawing faces from imagination
  • Continue visual research and study of expressionism and its artists

Week 9 (9 Mar)

  • Life/live drawing faces x4 pages (sketch with rough shade)
  • Revise previous portraits x2
    • implementing expressionistic colour and techniques

Week 10 (16 Mar)

  • Life/live drawing faces x4 pages (sketch with rough shade)
  • Revise previous portraits x2
    • implementing expressionistic colour and techniques

Week 11 (23 Mar)

  • Life/live drawing faces x4 pages (sketch with rough shade)
  • Begin work on final submissions, focus on correct anatomy and structure

Week 12 (13 Apr)

  • Life/live drawing faces x4 pages (sketch with rough shade)
  • Continue work on final submissions, begin shading and tone

Week 13 (20 Apr)

  • Life/live drawing faces x4 pages (sketch with rough shade)
  • Continue work on final submissions, begin colour and expressional influences

Week 14 (27 Apr)

  • Refine and finish final submissions

The Brief, v0.1

I still need to get the go ahead on my brief but I have refined my initial ideas down into something much more succinct and easy to set goals for. The brief statement is as follows:

Produce a series of portraits which explore themes of expressionism. Characters should show design influences from a specific military era.

In following this brief I will seek to increase my understanding of facial anatomy. Another primary goal will be using expressionism to explore how I can use colour and form in my imagery to create striking and dynamic pieces of work. I will also be looking at increasing my rendering skills to further this effect.

I decided to add the smaller specification of military era influences in order to keep the portraits similarly themed and connected to one and other, making the final submission more cohesive.

My proposed submissions for this brief are 3 portraits:

  • One line work portrait,
  • One monotone shaded portrait,
  • One Expressionistic portrait.

However if this is not sufficient the plan is to change it to 3 Expressionistic portraits.

Semester 2 Starts Here!

Last semester I worked on a character design brief and it taught me a lot, both in terms of new skills and skill I need to work on. Whilst my knowledge in anatomy and rendering did indeed develop I think it still has a long way to go. Particularly, I think that I can improve on drawing faces, especially ones which display emotions.

Furthermore, as Ryan pointed out, my tone and shading needs a lot of work. I tend to do little other than increase the lightness or darkness of the base colour and shy away from anything more daring and bold.

With that in mind, I propose a digital portrait series exploring tone/colour and emotion. I would begin with simple black and white portraits to improve my anatomy and understanding of faces. Then I would chose a selection of these to develop further and experiment with various uses and applications of colour.

I think this will definitely improve my my art work across the board. In character design my faces have always been quite plain and dull which I feel takes away from the design, so to study faces and emotion will definitely help. Furthermore, I am hoping that by exploring colour I can finally escape from the self doubt I often feel, spawned from my mild colour blindness (which I will admit I often use as a crutch).

So, to reiterate, my proposed plan for Semester 2 is:

A digital portrait series exploring tone, colour, and emotion.