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.)
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.