Portrait #2: Smirking Girl

Smirking Girl

Smirking Girl

Originally uploaded by Ken Dyck.
Here’s my second portrait.

This one is based on this photo by bauvana.

It was meant to give me practice drawing straight hair.

I need more practice.

I’m happy with how the eyes and nose turned out. Even the lips turned out better than I was expecting.

Maybe I’ll get the hair right on the next one.

My First Portrait

Scotia's Eyes (drawing)

Scotia’s Eyes (drawing)
Originally uploaded by Ken Dyck.

This is my first attempt at drawing a portrait in its entirety (eyes, nose, lips, hair, etc).

It’s based on one of Intrepid Lady’s excellent photos (thanks for permission to draw it and post the result).

For a first attempt, I’m relatively pleased with how it turned out. I need some more practice with hair. And I didn’t quite capture the mouth the way I see it in the photo. The shading around the nose took forever. Of all things, I’m surprised at how well the shirt turned out.

But, like I said, for a first attempt, I’m happy.

Learning to draw

My sister, The Mighty Sally, is a fantastic artist. She does these amazing illustrations for a weekly art contest called Illustration Friday.

Here’s an example. She did this one for the topic “farm”:

Farm, by The Mighty Sally

Inspired by her illustrations, I’ve decided to take up pencil drawing.

I’m learning from Lee Hammond’s, Big Book of Drawing, which I’ve found very helpful so far.

Here are some of my first attempts at drawing various facial features.

Facial features, practice

Yeah, I know the nose on the top left looks cartoonish. It’s supposed to. It was just an exercise to learn how the shapes fit together.
More to come. Stay tuned.