Face a Day 2020 (19)

  • Graphite (H) pencil on sketchbook

  • Source: screenshot from "The End of the F***ing world"

  • Drawn on August 222nd

This screenshot of James as a kid at the burial of his mother was a great subject. I was also well aware that many of my subjects had ended up bein young women rather than the variety of gender, ethnicity and age that I was initially aiming for, so I wanted to counter that.

I enjoyed tackling the expression in his eyes - someone lost in his own thoughts, having a hard time expressing his feelings.

I'm also happy I drew the full hair with decent results for a second day in a row :)

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Face a Day 2020 (18)

  • Graphite (H) pencil on sketchbook

  • Source: photo from the internet

  • Drawn on August 21st

Profile of a young woman, from when I was collecting reference, while learning to draw the profile.

This time I chose a subject with hair that was easier for me to tackle: blond hair, tied up in a ponytail. One I could solve with a few strokes.

I also went for a very lightweight line drawing, and tried to focus on making clean flowing lines.

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Face a Day 2020 (17)

  • Graphite (H and B2) pencil on sketchbook

  • Source: screenshot of Adria Arjona from TV series "Good Omens"

  • Drawn on August 20th, revisited later for some work on hair

Third portrait of Adria, this time again from her role in TV Series "Good Omens".

I did a first pass on August 20th with no hair, some days later I revisited it to adjust the mouth and start adding the general shape of the hair.

Maybe one day I get to finish it, when I become more fluent with hair.

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Face a Day 2020 (16)

  • Graphite (H and B2) pencil on sketchbook

  • Source: photo of Adria Arjona

  • Drawn on August 19th

At this point I felt I was ready to tackle Adria Arjona and I'm really happy about how it turned out, the eyes and mouth in particular.

I also used a combination of H and B2 pencils, to be able to add more contrast - and thus life - to the drawing.

I may one day revisit this one to properly finish the hair...

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Face a Day 2020 (14)

  • Graphite (H) pencil on sketchbook

  • Source: selfie taken on my mobile

  • Drawn on August 17th

The second self-portrait. I feel like this drawing is a turning point - I suddenly realised I had to pay much more attention to the quality of my lines, which are often sketchy/shaky.

So I focused more on trying to make the lines longer, more polished, more flowing, "drawing from the shoulder". This is also more of a "line-drawing" than the ones I did before, which will suit more the comic style I will most likely be going for.

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Face a Day 2020 (13)

  • Graphite (H) pencil on sketchbook

  • Source: a graphite portrait by Giovanni Civardi's "Portraits with Character"

  • Drawn on August 16th

I thought it may be a good idea to draw from other artists' portraits rather than photos, from time to time, to learn how they solve various problems (shading, linework, texture, hair, etc).

In particular it's useful for me to see how other people solve hair. And find out that one can get so much with so little.

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Face a Day 2020 (12)

  • Graphite (HB) pencil on old printer paper

  • Source: selfie taken on my mobile

  • Drawn on August 13th

A goal I've had in mind for a while is drawing a self-portrait in comic style that I can use as my personal avatar. So I took a few selfies and started practicing.

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Face a Day 2020 (11)

  • Graphite (H) pencil on sketchbook

  • Subject: actress Jessica Barden in the role of Alyssa

  • Source: screenshot from series "The end of the F***ing World"

  • Drawn on August 10th

And the last attempt at Jessica Barden. This face expression was really hard. I'm satisfied with the mouth, not so much with the eyes.

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Face a Day 2020 (10)

  • Graphite (HB) pencil on old printer paper

  • Subject: Photo from a catalogue

  • Drawn on August 11th

A second quick drawing on August the 11th. I like how it came out alright really quickly, but looking at it now the right eye (the one on the left of the drawing) is a bit misplaced - oops.

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