I don't have as many sketches to post today because I have been busy working on my latest bear :0)
He's almost finished now and I am already playing with compositions for the next!
Between times I have been sketching more faces from the Internet, just for a good dose of healthy, artistic exercise!
Some sketches, like the woman above took just a few minutes.
But others, like this lady on the right took around fifteen.
It doesn't look like there's much in it, time wise, does there?
But the difference is that unlike the lady above, this sketch to the right is a very good likeness indeed - even to my own surprise!
So much so that I am positive if the lady herself stumbled across my blog, she would know it was her!
(Hmm... here's hoping that she doesn't sue me!!)
So, those extra few minutes make a lot of difference to the end result :0)
If I was out and about in a Cafe, I wouldn't be looking for a true likeness like this, but instead I'd be aiming for a vague similarity :0)
What I have found is that young faces (as much as we all want them) are very difficult and actually quite uninteresting to draw...
...Unless of course it is a cute, pudgy baby, like this one :0)
...How is it, that even when a newborn baby is covered in cheese and resembled road-kill, we are somehow programed to see them as the most beautiful things on earth??? And we do!
Anyway, generally I find that the older and more wrinkled the face, the more of a story it has to tell and they are much more fun and easier to sketch!
Do you find the same?
Of course it's no good sketching only faces when I'm out and about! The people I sketch will all have bodies!
And of course they will unfortunately be moving, so the results will be very different!
So with that in mind, here I'm only aiming to capture the basic shapes of the figure in as little time as possible, just to capture their body language and without getting lost in detail
... Like I have done with this man :0)
I hope I'm not boring you with my sketching frenzy! But for those of you who don't sketch, I can honestly say that these daily sketches are well worth doing and take next to no time out of your day.
I can genuinely feel the improvement with each new one I do - and the best part? I no longer feel the need for a pencil at all :0)
I'll soon be starting my new sketch-book which I will probably use as an art journal. Then I'll be injecting some colour to my sketches :0)
Meanwhile, I really hope that this bear is done and dusted prompto so you finally get to see it!
Just before I go, I must point you in the direction of Pointy-Pix's latest post - The Art of Pretention.
There are some posts, which I just have to read twice and that really catch my attention. This is most definitely one of them! Not only does it come with a really funny sketch and hilarious narrative, but it raises some really interesting points about the art world.
It is well worth the read!
Anyway, I wish you all a lovely Easter weekend :0)