Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Graphite-free for way too long & WIP Shailene Woodley portrait drawing practice with pencils

My, how time flies. I was caught unawares by how long it has been since I last picked up a pencil and drew - more than nine months to be exact. For someone trying to improve his meager drawing skills, three-quarters of a year is just too long a period to be without any form of practice with graphite on paper. This oversight needs to be rectified if I'm to have any hope of being half decent at drawing.   

Work-in-Progress (WIP) for Portrait Practice #11 - Shailene Woodley

Because it has been a while since my last portrait drawing, I guess it will take sometime for me to get up to speed ... at least to the skill level that I was last at. Hopefully, I can then build some momentum in my attempt to learn figure drawing which is a whole different kettle of fish altogether. For now, both portrait and figure drawing with pencils (and eventually pen) is in my drawing hobby to-do-list.

All my portrait drawings start with basic line art to block in major shapes of the face
To get back into the groove of drawing, I started with some practice
Feeling comfortable with a pencil again, I proceeded to draw the portrait itself 
 
At this stage of the drawing, the shading on her face as well as around the eyes are still in a state of flux. Moreover, I have yet to pencil in her mouth and nose hence the 'peekaboo' WIP photo. And knowing myself, I will most likely go back to her hair to try and improve it in anyway that I can.

Peekaboo ... a closeup of my WIP drawing from a more 'head-on' angle

It feels good to be drawing again. And there is definitely no shortage of interesting personalities to draw. My current portrait drawing is of Shailene Woodley who plays Tris in the movies Divergent and Insurgent. You may also recognise her from her lead role as Hazel in The Fault in Our Stars. I seem to be drawn to (pun unintended) strong-willed female characters so it comes as no surprise that I also plan to draw Contance Wu who plays super-mom Jessica Huang in the new TV series Fresh Off the Boat. Until my next post, here are some words from Mama Huang which I can relate to ... You know what gives me nightmares. Our bank account. Stephen King should publish my chequebook.

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14 comments:

  1. That's a beautiful start dude!

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    1. Thanks Bob ... it's the finishing that spoils it, lol. ^_^

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  2. Absolutely beautiful. How I envy your skills! Bravo!!

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    1. Thank you Suber. It's more of a persistent stubbornness to try and draw better rather than any inherent skills. XD

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  3. Great start i love the hair , i follow the progression .
    Cheers .

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    1. Thanks for following my progress Vincent. Please feel free to critique as I could use some advice on how to draw better.

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  4. Looking great ! Keep on going ... I'm looking forward to the finished portrait.
    Greetings

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    1. Thank you very much Mario ... I will need lots of practice before I get better.

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  5. Awesome, very realistic portrait so far!

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    1. Keyword ... so far ... heh heh ... thanks Adam, I could use all the encouragement I can get! ^_^

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  6. Love these beautiful eyes...impressive skills!

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    1. You are very kind to say so Phil, thank you.

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