Monday, September 21, 2015
Daily Sketchbook Tips: Painting Stylized Faces
Yesterday in the comments I was asked for tips on how I draw faces.
One of my favorite things to do is paint faces of all kinds. I go from
more realistic to completely flat and decorative like these.
I use this technique as a fallback when I have no idea what to paint one day, and
then I end up having a fantastic time!
Here is a simple lesson on how to try this yourself.
I would start with faces looking straight forward as going to the side or a profile
is more difficult.
Faces are all shapes, play around with them.
Look at pictures in magazines of people to get a bit of reference.
Play around with hairstyles. They don't need to be realistic, be imaginative
dots for curls and stripes for longer locks.
And then the details. Big eyes, thick eyebrows, a dot for a mouth or some big glasses.
Remember that toy where you could turn the cubes and the character
kept changing? Its like that, the shape of each part, lips, eyes, nose will totally
change the expression of the face. Mainly just have fun and do it a lot, you'll get it.