I tried sketching with a blue pencil for the first time, instead of graphite. It's harder to erase but I like it a lot! Anyway, here are my drawings. I started with the gesture line, then I draw the shapes around that. Also, it was a super fun assignment. I didn't know drawing seals was so much fun! ;)
Lvl 1. Here’s an initial batch; will definitely do more. FWIW, I really like the way Stan presented this project a lot - good info, clear directions, and lots of examples. I’m not saying these are good drawings by any means, but I can definitely feel my confidence building in picking lines and shapes - Even as I worked thru these three. Curious how others decide when a gesture drawing like this is “done.” Obviously I could go on, but that’s probably not the point, right?
Chin is too low and I used measurement between the bottom of the nose and the chin to position the mouth. So the mouth and everything below is too low. At least, from the nose up it's not too bad. If I shift the drawing up to match the position of the chin, the bottom is also not too bad. So my biggest mistake is the position of the chin in the early stage of drawing the "enveloppe".
Thank you Stan, very helpful video! I have a question about the Procreate part. My drawing is very light, so the lines are very thin and hard to see over the reference picture. Any tip on increasing the line thickness or increasing the contrast in Procreate?
My attempt to draw an ear following the video. I had some trouble with the shadow mapping. I was lost because there was a lot of lines for the shadows. Anyway, after a lot of time, this is the result. First time drawing an ear with that much detail, so I guess it's not too bad.
Stan did it in 28 minutes. It took me something like 3 hours! I had some trouble doing the highlights with the eraser. I'm not sure if it's because I use graphite pencil instead of charcoal. Anyway, I think the result is not too bad.