Friday, 20 February 2015


Just to recap on what we went through in class, here are some pointers on drawing heads and hands

I find it helps to construct the head with a sphere and divide it into quarters. In one of the bottom corners ( depending on which way the head is facing) I roughly plot a sqaure shape. I divide the square into a halves, horizontally, and then the bottom half into half again, horizontally. This gives me a rough idea of whee to place the nose and mouth. I'm generally not too rigid about the dividing process, as it is only a guide.

 Here's another example.
When drawing a front view I divide the width of the face into 5 roughly equal spaces to plat the position of the eyes so that they are not too far apart or too close together.
Of course, some faces have eyes that are close together, in which case, draw them close together.


I learned to draw hands by hinking of the palm as a square shape and th digits , each comprising of three cylinder shapes, except the thumb, which is made up of two, attached to the palm by a triangular shape

I still use this method when I have to draw a tricky hand pose.

Thursday, 19 February 2015


For those who would like  the stages of the tutorial  from this weeks class....

The original thumbnail sketches

What you are aiming for

The process

Or alternatively...

 This is a suggestion for colour

Tuesday, 17 February 2015


It was nice to witness some major breakthroughs, last week. Very encouraging.
He are some of the standout pieces.

Nice design, detail and  dynamics from, Eoine
Keep this up.

stunning work from Ann-Marie

Nice composition and colours from Richard.

Great progress from Mark in just 3 sessions

Monday, 16 February 2015


These images caught my eye last week, so I thought I would share them. They are really good examples of figure drawing and composition.

Really nice composition by Yishan Li

Adi Granov's figure work is always rock solid

We will look at some of  John Kenn Mortensen's work in class this week.

Friday, 13 February 2015


This simple exercise will continue to develop your figure drawing and also develop your eye for layout and composition, including how to apply  tonal definition.
The images shown were taken from the actual lession on a flip chart, so apologies in advance, if anything is unclear. Hopefully it will be.
What you are aiming for, is something like this but in your own style.

This is a rare occasion whre I kind of made it up as I went along but normally, I would bash a quick thumbnail out just to make sure I knew what I was doing.
It's not always necessary to produce thumbnail roughs of  you proposed work but I find it helps. But, each to there own.
I will probably do a post about preliminary rough work at a later date.
Here are the stages. I don't think I need to go into detailed descriptions on each one, I think it's pretty straight foward.

At this stage, notice  how I have left enough white around the solid black areas so that the shapes are not lost

Now it is time to think about finishing the drawing with a backgound. There are many ways you can crate a background and many techniques of application.
I will show you only two which are based on the same idea.

The first technique is to create a glow efferct around the fairy by using shaft lines. This is a much used technique, especially with black and white ink drawing, for drawing attention to the main point of focus of your drawing.
I have applied this rather quickly  and crudely with  marker pens but if you take you time and use  a decent ink pen or pencil, if you are doing a pencil drawing, you should be able to get a better result.
I went over the shaftlines with a correction pen to knock back and soften the linework around the fairy so that she stands out.

The second version is the same idea only with stippling. I was not using the right tool for the job here but it should  indicate the basic idea. Apply light stippling  in shaftlines around the fairy, and then apply heavier stippling with a thicker nib around the outsides.

Have a look at the tonal work of Virgil Finlay and Kelley Jones. This is the kind of thing I had in mind.
Virgil Finlay

Kelley Jones
Actually, this is very close to what I had in mind