Monday, February 24, 2014

Trendy and Pajamas

This next lesson was a bit of a fail. I think I discovered some issues I may be having as novice illustrator. After learning the different head shapes, ears, noses, mouths, and body proportions it was time to do a little character design. Except the problem was I didn’t do character design… I just kept copying the lesson book to create the characters I was being taught to sketch. The book didn’t discourage it, but at the same time I felt like I was piggy backing on the program I was learning from, unable to do anything more than mimicry.
My first sketch was a Pajama Girl. She was cute, with long hair, and a teddy bear to make her more innocent. She had small features that were not nearly as prominent as her doll faced eyes. I kept the eyes, nose, and mouth all at or below the midpoint of her round head to relay her youth. The teddy bear though, had to be kept as plain as possible to avoid giving it any life whatsoever. The girl needed to be real, not her teddy.
The second sketch was the stylish woman. She was simple, elegant, long, and limber. A little bit of a smile, and more than anything else- Confidence. I didn’t let her stand straight up and down. Her eyes were closed, and her body did all the talking for her as she stood on one hip and seemed at ease with herself.
I still struggled a bit with the thinness of her. It’s much harder to draw the legs like this than I would have ever realized before. I still need to work on that. As for the two sketches as a whole, I was pleased with them. But I still had the troublesome recognition of knowing that I could not create something new for myself. It’s going to take some time to get that right. I will eventually need to start a the weaning process towards creative independence. It’s probably not as big a deal as I am making it out to be. Thanks for visiting!

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