Interesting Rick! I have never drawn a drawing the same size as my reference photo. I do very light, limited gridding to help lay out my sketch and simply figure out the proportion difference. Once I have the basic sketch, it's a non issue, from there it's just shading. In fact I think almost every reference drawing I've printed out as 8.5 x 11 and all of my drawings have been larger. I too convert my reference photos to b & w and tinker with contrast.
Funny, my wife & I are also recent empty nesters and live in a 3500 sq ft house. Most the time at night we're doing our own thing on opposite ends of the house! I make a point to go down (I'm up stairs) and love on her for a little while (generally speaking, might just involve talking with her for a few minutes) most nights, otherwise it just seems weird!
There are lots of methods for determining proportions. I first started measuring with pieces of paper, by marking off distances from the ref photo, then to paper. When it occurred to me that there are precise measurements on a face, it just made sense? I have never once tried to look at a photo, and draw it larger. I hear you on the opposite ends of the house thing lol. 31 yrs together, nuff said. She does complain about being alone more than I do though ha. We are selling our 3000 sf house soon and renting something. I refuse to keep paying $11k in RE taxes when I've lost 30% of the value (ALL equity) over 5 years. They can have the F&#$%ng keys!!
Funny, some times she mentions not wanting to be along so much and other time when I come down to "hang out" with her she looks at me like "what the heck do you think you are doing down here"!! I'm sure you know what I mean. I think you remember, we've been together a long time too!
Dude, you need to move to the south! I pay 5k annually and feel like I'm taking it in the pooper (5 miles east in the neighboring county it's half that)! 11k is complete robbery, what do get for that - streets lined with gold? Chicago politicians are expensive!!
mmmm.. ok .. if i Want to ask I 'll say.. who is encourage you to take this line of drawing? .. cause your continuing to be in the same line is interesting issue .. Actually 3 years ago I took the same line of draw but then I stopped cause no one encourage me ..That's why I have the curiosity to know
Honestly, I do not need anyone to encourage me, although I do like it a lot! I draw because something inside me is satisfied when I do. The #1 thing that INSPIRES me is excellent photos! Hope that helps?
now really I agree with you about the satisfied when you drawing and the passion in yourside which may translated on the drawing .. but sometimes we need someone to encourage us to produce the best we can and about me, my teacher was my 1st encouragement to do the best i can in drawing .. So i mean sometimes there's some persons can watch something you don't.. that's why I think sometimes we need some one to encourage us to do the best .. (My Opinion)
So that's why I just think that there is a specific one who always encourage you .. so you say no one .. but i think there is .. may be your fans are become on of your encourages
Okay...that's true. The 2,200 people that watch me do encourage me in a way, by their praise and comments Also, my parent's praise when I was young gave me confidence. But I think I would keep drawing even if no one saw my work?
Yes...just a few things that come to mind: teeth are not pure white. Shade them and leave highlights. Draw what is AROUND the teeth (dark areas) NOT the teeth themselves, and as a result, the teeth will remain. Don't use hard lines to outline the teeth. Let the shadows AROUND them form the teeth Hope that helps? My latest drawing of Allen Stone had him show LOTS of teeth. I was not happy with the results Remember, a drawing is only as good as it's weakest part.
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So focus on the dark shapes, rather than the light ones? To avoid hard lines to outline, do you find that blending is better for creating soft outlines, or do you use a lighter pencil? That helps quite a bit actually! I have so many reference photos I'd like to attempt, but they all show teeth so I never could work up the courage to go for it. Perhaps I should give it a shot now! Thanks!
On an unrelated note, I've recently found your son's music (thanks for that too! ) and thoroughly enjoy it! The Ladder is, quite possibly, my new favorite song.
yes actually. I do use a light pencil, and try to shade AROUND the teeth with a blending stump, and as a result, the teeth seem to appear. Yeah my son is crazy good! 13 out of 16 songs have been on tv shows, Grey's Anatomy etc
As you know Rick I am a great admirer of your work. One question I would love to ask you is? When you wake in a morning what triggers you to pick up a pencil?? Think I may know the answer but I'm sure you will tell me otherwise! To answer my own question, the fact is, if I don't pick up a pencil I get withdrawel simptoms, maybe I should try try a few more beers? As you well know, not the same BUZZ!! Keep up your hard work Rick, sure will meet you one day, take care Love your sons music by the way, and yes it is great drawing music, great family, you must be proud
Hey THANKS! Well I draw at night 99% of the time. I am inspried ultimately by the photo. People inspire me, but I MUST find a great photo or forget it. When I find both, it's awesome! Ya my son is crazy good and well on the way to being very famous. Someone beat all 4 of our kids with a talent stick
question: i always have trouble with proportions of the picture (since i dont use grid ) so question is: what is the best or any technique(s) for getting proportions right? i mostly draw on 8by11 or 5by7 paper hope you can help me
Hi Rick, firstly let me say thank you for doing this, I really appreciate it, as does everyone else. Carl from London asks: How do you choose who you are to draw next, and how do you change the ref photo to suit your needs? Also (hope I'm not being greedy asking 3 questions ) Could you show us the process for creating your original line drawing? Thanks
Frenk from Holland asks: which pencils (brand/type) do you use for the dark areas...it took me some time to find out that paper and pencil come in many qualities...what is the right combination to use for portrait drawing?
FairweatherJohnson from Sweden asks: how do you restrain yourself from over-blending and then having to kneadable-erazer your way back to the correct value only to overblend once again? Is layering the key or do you use really hard pencils e.i. 4H to 6H?
I haven't watched all of your videos yet so if you've already addressed any of my questions I apologize in advance.
It would be helpful for me to know what keeps you motivated to draw so often? My biggest challenge right now is learning how to discipline myself to spend a lot of time focusing on drawing. I work a full time non-art related job, which I believe you do as well, so finding time to draw is one of my biggest challenges. Do you have any advice regarding how much time you spend drawing on a weekly basis, and how you balance your time with your family while still being extremely productive?
Have you noticed that certain brands of pencils and paper work better than others for realistic portrait drawing?
When using blending stumps is it necessary to keep them clean from graphite as much as possible to achieve the desired tones and shades?
Was it difficult for you to get to the point with art that you crave doing it? Does it still give you a sense of frustration from time to time? I assume the more your skill level improves as does your confidence which in turn alleviates the frustration and anxiety about not being good enough, does this sound accurate?
how many hours can you draw without getting tired or bored? i can only draw probably 3 hours straight without feeling tired. oh hair tips would be great especially facial hair, i suck at that. ALSO how do you draw something bigger than the reference photo?!!! seriously i suck and have just stuck to a4 reference photo and a4 drawing, but one day i will be asked for a bigger picture and i wont beable to do it!!!! (hope that makes sense)
Good questions. I will also answer in video but, I NEVER draw to fill a piece of paper? I PRINT the reference photo as large as I draw it, always. I personally cut a price of 8x10 in half and can draw a drawing on each half and still have room. I NEED to have my printed photo right next to my drawing. More on that soon. Till then I talk about that in my Journals and TIP GUIDE [link]