Thursday, April 28, 2011

From Start to Finish

This a sketch I did of one of my drawing students. I was working from a photograph I took of him, but if I were drawing him live, the same steps would apply. Enjoy and please let me know if you have any questions.

9 comments:

Sue Pownall said...

Very interesting starting lines, very different from my approach, so interesting to see.

AutumnLeaves said...

Amazing work, David. Oh to be able to do this! I find faces the hardest thing for me to do.

Carol Blackburn said...

That was great to watch, I love when others share their creative process. Thanks so much. As I've delved more into watercolor I've noticed my drawing becoming more refined. I guess I always could do a quick sketch but now others can recognize the subject and not just me.....LOL

David Lobenberg said...

Sue, Autumn, and Carol, glad you enjoyed these progressive photos. I'll be posting some more soon.

Shirupa Gupta said...

I would love to see the reference photo you used to make this sketch....I think I could learn more if the photo was there....

And my question is...Do you follow a similar approach while sketching the portrait....or it is also determined somewhat by the kind of face/reference you use to sketch....I mean does it vary ?

David Lobenberg said...

Shirupa, I sometimes do a monotone drawing and monotone value pattern like this and then add the corresponding value related colors on top. But sometimes I do the monotone drawing and go straight to my value/colors. American artist Kevin MacPhearson talks about painting "valhues". I love the word he coined here. That is exactly what one does when painting. One strokes on paint that is simultaneously value related and chroma or color.

meera said...

"Valhues"- love that! still learning to do see colors in values and vice versa --thanks for this wip look at your sketch.

David Lobenberg said...

Meera,Isn't that a fantastic word that Kevin coined?!

radha said...

You drew an outline of the right ( right of the picture) eye and then in the final artwork it looks like it is closed. Why did you do this? Fantastic. I have not been able to draw a face with spectacles on.