That face when you find something hard and crunchy, in a food that should not be hard and crunchy.
What do you do when you have trouble with certain areas in art? Draw more of it! Heh… hopefully this turned out okay. Again, for those who are interested in my ramblings, more after the break!
In this picture, I tried to tackle my biggest problem areas: Eyes, mouth, hair, ears, muzzle, teeth… maybe I should just say “the head in general.” Again, much thanks to the work of SBsMinifridge, where I got pretty much all references. I wasn’t able to dig through and find any of this expression, but the references really helped with the eyes and such… which I hope I got right.
Obviously, there’s a lot of difference between me, and artists who look like they had an Inkject Printer as one or both parents. Also, I think I’m going to start calling myself leadhand. Did you know that skin makes a very effective eraser? Ugh… I think I ended up with more lead on my hand than on the paper. However, all comments aside…
Some things I learned about drawing hair with this image.
First, don’t over-complicate it! If I’m struggling with hair, that may be part of the issue. I tend to see hair as a detailed, complex thing, and it is. But if I start out too detailed, I’ll probably get lost. Starting with large, basic shapes, then going back and adding details like locks and things, makes things much easier, and actually helps adding the details themselves easier. I’m sure someone could still do a much better job on hair than me but, this at least helped me get through the picture.
Second, always pay attention to where the hair is coming from on the skull/neck. While I might not be drawing hair roots, knowing where the hair is coming from on the head helps me draw much more realistic and natural-looking hair. Just drawing locks every which way doesn’t really work. At least not in the hairstyle I was attempting. The first time through he looked more like someone had shampooed his head and given him a terrible spike-job. That’s fun, when you’re alone in the bathroom with a mirror - not so much in art.
The eyes… well… I’ll be honest, I’m not sure what I learned about eyes. I spent a long, long time trying to get them right. I never realized how much harder eyes are to draw with irises rather than the blank circles. I just kept redrawing them over and over till I got to a point of “Well… it doesn’t look weird anymore…” However, one thing I did note was how the bridge of the muzzle cuts over the eye on the opposite side of the face. When drawing the eyes, it’s still helpful to remember that in “reality” both eyes are the same size, even though the perspective of one is skewed. Also, remembering there are cheek muscles/bones underneath the eyes can help add a little shape…
It probably doesn’t need to be said, but I really have no idea what I’m talking about, and I’m probably still getting things wrong. What I’m stating here are my own observations from drawing, methods and things I noticed that helped me get a picture that I didn’t feel was… horribly bad. So, please don’t take any of this as me thinking or saying “I’m all that! You gotta listen to me! I drew a picture!" In fact, if I’m getting stuff wrong, please correct me. I’d be more than happy to improve myself and learn. Consider these sketches just my personal journal as I draw to draw new things.
And yes, this picture was inspired by a recent event. Also, for the friend who wanted me to draw a stag… I’m sorry - I will try that, but I’m not sure how soon. I’m still learning, I’m not a professional, and the most extensive art class I’ve ever taken was drawing boxes and a lamp on a table, so please bear with me. I’m still learning, hoping to improve.
Closing notes: I really need to start pricing Cintiqs on ebay or something. Once I can afford one, I’m getting one. If anyone knows a good screen-tablet with pressure sensitivity that’s cheaper than a cintiq, feel free to let me know.
Oh, and yes, this picture did take me an inordinately long time. Actually, I think it took longer than any of my pony sketches so far. Don’t be fooled, I didn’t sketch this up in 15 minutes or anything. Actually, it took me about 4 hours.