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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | July 11, 2020

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Let's face it... PART 2

Let’s face it… PART 2
Matilda Butler

Some would say that learning from the best is how you master your art. I wouldn’t disagree. So why am I drawing lessons from the worst you ask? Because it is so hilarious. Additionally, it doesn’t take a genius to notice some technical flaws. So let’s revisit the work of our international police society and learn a thing or two about the art of sketching.

Metal-sheet face

“Citizens, please take note of this face. He may be armed, trained to kill and unpredictable. If you see this helmet-clad human (we think), please notify the authorities.”

Now this intergalactic creature is a fine example of minimalism when it comes to sketching. Of course, if this is the artistic theme you’re going for, a metal-sheet for a face, then here is a very fine example. However, if defining detail is what you’re after, then keep reading.

The caracture

Note the bulbous cheeks, the steep hair-line, the embedded eyes and symmetrical measurements of this face. All these features seem to emphasis and embellish, creating more of a caricature than anything. The sketch artist probably had this face described to him from a witness, most likely in shock from the crime. The artist may have been given instructions like: “All his features sat smack-bang in the middle of his face and left heaps of room for really big cheeks – oh, but he didn’t actually have a forehead, just a neck the size of a tree trunk”. Or maybe these features were given too much attention, creating an effect commonly used to mock a politician or high profile person, instead of clearly identifying the criminal.

Kermit the frog I’m seeing… Kermit the Frog from Sesame Street, not a potential crim. One thing we’ll take from our caricature man above, is the use of shading. Clearly, this sketch-artist has had some help from a computer program to create this sketch and as a result, has created a two-dimensional frog-like depiction. My advice to you, don’t be afraid to use white space. Instead of going to town with you pencil or pen, note where the shadows on the face are and lightly outline them. Continue to shade and blend with care and you will find your sketch will have more definition, clarity and texture. Also, tip of the day, remember eye-lids! Check out his EYES! Your eye-lids will naturally cover between 1/4 to 1/3 of your eye, depending on your unique face. Go have a look in the mirror. Draw the eye shape, then mark lightly where the eye-lid is.

Finally, I leave you with two more sketches to enjoy. If you see any room for improvement, let’s here about it!