When I first started this blog almost a year ago, one of my main purposes was to keep track of my ongoing efforts to learn how to draw. If you’ve kept up with my posting much, you know there hasn’t been much drawing practice.
Drawing takes so much effort! Taking pictures is easier.
I have produced many pages of faces in the last year that, frankly, are too scary to post.
Recently, however, I’ve renewed my determination. I’ve been busy copying faces from my art books. Here’s a recent example that won’t make any babies cry. I used the painting above (Portrait of a Lady, by Rogier van der Weyden, c. 1460) as a model. I purposefully lowered the hairline, though. My book explains that it was the style back then to pluck the hairline back to create an unusually high forehead. Interesting.
Here she is again…
And here is my attempt to draw her…
You would not believe how much time I spent on that nose. It’s still not right. I added the trefoil medallion (a symbol of the Trinity) for fun.
I know it doesn’t look much like the model, but at least it looks like a person, as opposed to an alien life form. There are a lot of mistakes, but I see a lot of improvements over the last face I posted! That progress gives me the courage to post my drawings on here when I know many of you out there can do better.
I’ll try to post the book I’m going through this weekend. It’s a self-teaching book about drawing realistic faces and it’s helped me a lot!