Company ball pen and photocopy paper.
Photocopy paper, FC 9000 HB Pencil and Staedtler Mars Lumograph 9B Pencil.
Two years. The proportions and placement are clearly better. I think I need to work, mostly, in light and shadow. I need to get rid of the general beginner look. I don’t know how.
It was a depressing exercise. I did a drawing using the same reference image than two years and a half before.
I’m not sure if I want to keep doing this for two more years.
First you need to understand what is happening. Obviously I did not this time.
When you use clay plaster as reference, everithing is reduced to form and light. Sometimes, the skin colour, freckles, spots, blushing or redness, incipient facial hair and, mainly, makeup, can misguide a beginner using photoreference or drawing from natural.
It’s especially useful to learn the diferent kind of edges that light creates upon form and then translate this knowledge to portraits of real people. Sharp or hard edges when a sudden change of plane occurs or soft and undefined edges when softly rounded forms turn away.
I’ve done a few drawings using plaster clay “bustos” as reference. I’m going to stuck to it for a few days more. My proportions and possitioning are getting better but i’m far from a good and consistent rendering.