The opening of Chris Hart’s book was very encouraging. The author began by letting me know that my early frustration with drawing was common and that soon I would be able to at least re-create the look of a more proper illustration than I had been able previously. I’m sure it says this in a lot of instructional books, but I was eager to find some kind of positive reinforcement right away.
I was excited about learning to both copy images with accuracy and hopefully develop the ability to be a little bit more original. After completing my last book, I felt confident about my lines, but the prospect of an original piece still felt as foreign to me as fabricating marble sculptures. So this immediately began to feel reassuring despite my novice capacity. The idea of being able to draw cartoon animals, robots, play with costumes, and even create some undemanding backgrounds sounded great.
Below you’ll see where the teaching began with “Drawing the Basic Head Shapes.”
After a number of repetitive exercises, I immediately began to draw basic character faces. They were rather generic, but it was something I was able to grasp. Within the basic head shapes, I drew in intersecting lines that would serve as the simple blueprint for where I centered my eyes, nose, and mouth. It was a bit tedious at first, but ultimately entertaining by the finish.
I promised that I wouldn’t go step by step in showing you how to do so out of respect for the author that taught me (buy the book! It’s good!), but at this point I think I can show some of the things I did to make these simple images in future posts to come. But before I do that, here is some of my initial work right from the start. Very hopeful beginnings.
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