Man making a concentration face - untimed pencil sketch

Making Faces and Also Water.

By DoctorPlatypus | Doctor Platypus | 12 Mar 2021

Yesterday after the timed figure workshop, I spent some time in the evening working on techniques to draw water. One of the graphic novels I want to write/draw will involve a pool cleaner, so I really feel motivated to learn how to draw water surfaces properly.

Then today, I was looking over my figures from the past few weeks, and noticing that I haven't really been able to capture their facial expressions or get much in the way of shape in their faces with shading. I wanted to make sure that was because of the timing issue, not because I had forgotten how to do those things, so today I found a reference pic whose main characteristic was the look of concentration on the dude's face, a guy with serious cheekbones and planes in his face, and I drew that.

I'll start with the face:

Man making a concentrating face - untimed pencil sketch

Here's the water exercise. It's super basic, but I figure it's a start. I think it will be possible to warp the direction of the ripples and smooth the waves a bit to manage how swimming pool water might behave with someone in it.

Water rippling - colored pencil exercise

I used this tutorial for the water. It presumes graphite pencils, but it worked pretty well with colored pencils.

Happy Thursday!

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Current projects: writing a literary history book about Victorian and Edwardian fiction as successor to the medieval dream vision genre. Learning to draw. Slooooowly learning the fancier ins and outs of the roll20 VTT.

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