Ooh la la!
I’ve always had a difficult time drawing the human body (who hasn’t), so I’m aiming my focus on that. I want to spend time (weeks, even, if I feel so inclined) focusing on nothing but a hand, or just the fingers, or ears, or boobs (tee-hee), and really dissect the entire body into small, manageable parts for practice.
This week, I started with a general study of the more difficult of the two human sexes – the female. I grew up drawing cartoon characters, but even still… they were pretty much always male. Big muscle men with guns and explosions. I was a young boy, alright :). As I grew older, I started drawing more “average” guys, but still… the male shape is more rugged and square, which lent itself well to my rough, sharp sketching technique. Basically, guys don’t have to be pretty. Even in cartoon-form, though, the female shape is softer, with curves galore.
I don’t naturally do curves too well.
You may or may not recognize the picture I based today’s sketch on, but it’s definitely a female body. I liked this shot, because even though the breast is mostly hidden by the arm, the figure is noticeably feminine. I was originally going to do a couple of gals, but I got a bit distracted working on a site’s design (that I wasn’t planning on touching today) and the day escaped me a bit.
There is also a male in this shot, and I know his sketch would have gone much quicker. She took me QUITE awhile, because I had to be soft with my pencil strokes (this is another pencil/paper work, by the way). I decided to not concern myself with the face, even though I did do the hands, simply because that wasn’t the focus of this practice… and I know if I had worried about the face, I would have distracted myself from paying attention to the rounded lines of her shape.
The two sexiest parts of the original shot are the shoulder and the butt. I think I nailed the shoulder, but I had problems on the proper curve and size of her derriere. Likewise, I also originally drew her torso too thin, but got it perfect on the second try.. which made me happy. I was left unsure about her butt and why I couldn’t find the same appeal of the original shot in my line drawing, here. It may be that the coloring and texture of the photo reveals the tightness and shortness of the shorts better, but I still think I could have better defined that with the lines… I just wasn’t able to.
Overall, though, I really like how this turned out… and it definitely captures the sensual nature of the original picture. Obviously, I wouldn’t stand a chance to create something this feminine (haha, or human) without being able to eyeball a photograph… but baby steps. Simple and silly baby steps :).
P.S. – I didn’t include my reference photo, because I wanted the sketch to stand on it’s own, but if you haven’t seen the original picture, and really want to, you can just keep refreshing the page with an eye on Random Beauty. It’s in there SOMEwhere ;).