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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Start From Eyes of a Portrait

Where do you start drawing in a face? I always start drawing people from eyes. Other members asked me questions. "Do you draw it from memory?" Mmmm... partially from impression or memory, but I have no idea, for I draw so quick. Something in a person intrigues me. Then, I get on drawing that person. A person is moving around and never stops for me. After catching the point such as eyes, I wait for the same moment comes up in the model.

I enjoyed sketching with Sydney sketch club members. Although we sketched architectures, I sketched others at lunch. Very much fun to sketch each other.
This is one of our club members. His sharp eyes fascinated me most! Only for a few seconds he threw his eyes to another member and mostly worked on iPad. I observed him carefully and captured that moment. The angle of his face is another key in this work.
Another member was enjoying a chat and lunch. The old lady had a character in her appearance. She made a pause and thought for a second, which impressed me most. I started drawing her eyes and simplified other areas. A mood is very important in my figurative drawings.
Probably, our eyes tell most stories of life in portraits. So, I start drawing from eyes. Oh, yes, I answered for the member, "3D understanding of a model is essential. Once, you get a model in 3D, you can draw her from any angle." I usually move around a model and check her/him from all around. To pick up a lively face expression is crtically important for my work.

I feel my mentor is very wise and knows who I am or my strength. When I got sluguish in drawing of children, she suggested me to "Focus on children's face expression, not a whole body sketching." By her advice, my work got back to life. It turned out colourful and vivid. In additon, in a studio, I start from eyes or face lines. It depends on a case. Friends, if you start drawing from other areas in a face, let's have a chat over it. Or you may say, "It doesn't a matter as long as work comes up nice!" Yeah, true. 

Back to the techinical thing, eyes.  If I can draw eyes well, I feel comfortable and move on other areas without any hesitation. But if I cannot draw eyes good, I chuck it into a bin. BTW, I'm still working on the close up portrait though, it's nearly at finishing. Ah, a bad habit?! I endlessly keep on touching graphite or a charcoal unlike speed drawing. I should stop my hands. (I started from eyes in this work, too.)
Publisher and editor Helen Chamberlin
I'm enjoying architectural drawings of Parramatta as well as figures. Did you enjoy my architectural work in the last post? Later, I'd post the newly created ones.

When I put aside technical stuff, one thing I'm sure is I love people. Drawing us, human beings is my great joy. Simple motivation is strong and great. It drives me go forward and keeps me stay positive. 
Friends, thank you very much for warm cheers. I hope all, we can have a productive and creative week.
Happy Painting!




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14 comments:

  1. Si, Sadami...SI!! Me gustaron mucho tus dibujos-pinturas de arquitectura! Eres valiente y terca...! Lo has conseguido...ya!
    Claro que acostumbrada a dibujar tan bien los personajes y sus expresiones, te cuesta más las líneas verticales y horizontales y esas otras que parecen paralelas y que en dibujo, se juntan en un punto cercano o lejano. En cambio dominas perfectamente las figuras, que es donde yo tengo más problemas. Cada uno su especialidad!!! Je,je... pero, también intento aprender
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Eres tan dulce, Joshemari! ¡Muchas gracias! ¿Qué consejo maravilloso me das! Ciertamente podrá recordarlos a todos y seguid dibujo. Sí, me encanta las figuras. Pero espero que mis dibujos arquitectónicos. Miro adelante a sus dibujos. Los tuyos son siempre fuente de inspiración.
      Los mejores deseos, abrazos, Sadmi

      Oh, you're so sweet, Joshemari! Thank you very much! What wonderful advice you give me! I'll certainly remember them all and keep up drawing. Yes, I love figures. But look forward to my architectural drawings. I look forward to your drawings. Yours are always inspirational.
      Best wishes, Hugs, Sadmi

      >>>> Joshemari said...,
      Yes, Sadami...YES! I liked your dibujos-pinturas of architecture! You are brave and stubborn...! You got it... already!
      Of course that used to draw characters and their expressions as well, it costs you more vertical and horizontal lines and those others which seem to parallel and in drawing, come together at a point near or far. Instead you perfectly master the figures, that is where I have more problems. Each one its speciality! Heh, heh... but also try to learn

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  2. I allways starts with the outer lines of a face. After that I draw the eyes. I have a childrensportrait to do now. Haven´t started as yet. It is my brothers grandson, black and white photo. I said I would TRY to draw him. I will take my time doing so, because don´t feel I´m that good at it, long time since last portrait now!
    I am really enjoying your portraits as well as buildings. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Oh, sweet Catherine, thank you! Mmm... interesting for me... You start from the outline of a face. It would be good to use a photo reference like you do. But please be kind to yourself. Who said you're not good at it? No one! Catherine, let's have fun! I hope your portrait will go well and your brother and his grandson will be very happy. Go, go, Catherine!!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  3. Wonderful post Sadami. I do love your wonderfully expressive portraits. The fact that you do them so quickly always amazes me. I am too rigid in my drawing and need to loosen up. I am lazy at practice and that will never work.

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    1. Dear Carol, thank you very much! My simple motivation, "I want to draw an interesting moving moment," has been driving me for ages. No magic, but practice. Sure, you will make it happen one day. Kind regards, Sadami

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  4. Hello dear Sadami! I have not so many portraits drawn, but if I draw one, I usually start with the outside lines. Because I'm not as practiced I really really stuck to the rule: the head is an inverted egg, on half of this the eyes, between the eyes still fits an eye. On half of the eyes and the chin is the nose and between the nose and the chin is the mouth. Is this old-fashioned or not? You portraits are without fear and with a lot of expression. Quite apart to start with the eyes. Your work is fantastic! Big hug:) xx

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    1. Dear Renate, your drawing sounds like a traditional drawing methods/teaching of a portrait. It puts a person's head into a nearly square to show ratio. When I started drawing portraits, I read it in a book. But experice is more precious than a theory. Any theory is NOT perfect. Each person is unique. You see my lots of figurative drawings. They are my answers/responses to individuals. I hope you will have fun in drawing portraits. It's the most fun for me! Btw, your still life on yupo is wonderful. See? Each artist has a different area. You have to teach me how to do it!
      Big hugs, xxx Sadami

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  5. What wonderful sketches of faces. I am always intimidated by faces. I'll try to start with the eyes next time. :) Thanks Sadami.

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    1. Oh, thank you, sweet Carol! Work on your style, btw. Cheers, wink, wink, Sadami

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  6. Your people sketches are fabulous as always, Sadami! I missed your architectural drawings, I just had a look. They are really good, you are so talented!

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    1. So you are! Thank you, sweet Judy! I always enjoy your art work. Best wishes, Sadami

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  7. sadami,you are so talented and so enthusiastic.I practice self-portrait for a few weeks but the result is delayed.practice,practice,practice...
    best wishes sweed Sadami

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    1. Thank you, sweet Isabelle! I've spent years and tens of millions papers behind these my drawings. Like you said, let's keep drawing, while having a fun! Cheers, Sadami

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