Mike Sibley   Comment Posted May.27th, 2012, viewed 122 times

I keep forgetting I can't post images into the classroom, so I'll post this just for you :o) The content is general but I hope it's what you had in mind.

Although most artists here do an excellent job of gridding the eye itself, they often resort to generalisations for the hair - almost as though it's unimportant. But it is VERY important for two reasons:

1. It's far easier to lose your way as you draw the hair than it is with the eye, which has recognisable features.

2. You'll learn to see all the tiny details that will add a realism to your work. Teach yourself to look deeper and deeper into reference photos. study a tiny area at a time and try to work out what's happening. Gridding helps with this, as you are at least having to study relatively small areas.

Look again at the reference photo I supplied and try to see what extra information you can pull from the hair.

I've prepared a quick mouse-drawn idea of what I'd be looking for and noting on my grid (see below) - all are sufficiently visible for me to identify again at a later date as I'm drawing. I may or may not incorporate them all but at least I know exactly where I am in relation to the reference.

Incidentally Exercise 1 is the actual guideline drawing I used for this section of my Staffordshire Bull Terrier drawing.

In response to image:

Guido Santan... May.27th, 2012
Image added to Drawing from Line to Life: DG104:7 Preparation methods:

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