This week, the women of Wonderstrange bare our faces to the world, showing how each of us draws and colors a face in 15 minutes or less. The faces won’t look perfectly polished when we’re finished, but frankly, we think that’s good. Drawing isn’t about creating one perfect thing. It’s about practicing, experimenting, erasing, and drawing some more so you can forever develop and improve your style. Without further ado, here are our three points of view, starting with Ann’s.
When I start a face, I begin with the eyes and work my way down. In this case, I went with traditional “turtle shell” eyes, but I could have started with circles or ovals; my process wouldn’t change. (If you like, you can click the first image and arrow through the stages.)
If you are super observant, you already noticed that I went back and enlarged the eyes at the same time that I added the hair and teeth. I fiddle with features a lot after I have the first marks on the paper, and I don’t always adhere to standard human anatomy or proportions when I do that because I like my people to look a little freakish. And have braces. And dress up like Princess Leia just because.
I like the pretty, the weird, and the pretty weird, but for the purposes of this post, I’ll focus on the pretty. To start my drawing, I frame out the bottom half of the face. Next, I add three things: 1) eyes; 2) a line to show the position of the nose (i.e. that line to the left of her right eye), and 3) the line between the upper and lower lip. After I give detail to the eyes, I add the brow line and the tip of the nose. Before I get out my Micron, I rough in the hair and the lips.
With the addition of Copics, she looks very pretty – but don’t worry. She’s probably wearing a weird top.
I usually start a face with the head shape. Like usual, I add a completely anatomically improbable neck. I then flesh out the eyes – usually I just do little circles, but I did some actual eyes for the sake of this demo. I then add the nose and a vague eyebrow. I always just do the line on one side of the nose. I don’t know why! I then flesh out the mouth and add some spidery eyelashes along with a general hairline. That turns into an octopus monster, of course. After inking, you should wait more than two minutes for it to dry before adding Copics, FYI. Not that I know from personal experience (ahemCheckOutThoseInkSmudgesahem)
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