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Time-Lapsed Pencil Drawing of Kim Wexler from AMC’s Better Call Saul

 

I have been meaning to post a drawing tutorial for the last week but have just not had the time that I would like to devote to it.  I plan to have another one out soon.

In the meantime, I was able to create a time lapsed video of a picture I drew of Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn) a few days ago. Kim Wexler is another character from AMC’s Better Call Saul and is a fantastic character in the show.

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Some things that you might notice that differ from the last time-lapsed video I did of drawing Walter White (from Breaking Bad):

  • Since I am drawing a woman, the facial features are much softer. To create these softer tones, I use a blending stump rather than a pencil to create the outlines in many areas of her face (such as her smile lines and the edges of her nose). This allows for a much softer outline, which looks more realistic and closer to the photo. Drawing stronger lines with pencil would result in making her look more aged and unnatural.
  • There are no harsh lines or deep shadows on her face…only very subtle tones. Except in her eye area and lips, of course.
  • I added elements (ponytail, jacket) that were not in the reference photo.

As I find the time, I plan to eventually make several tutorials on how to accomplish these things.

It took me about 2 hours to complete this drawing. The video below is about 2 minutes in length.

After watching the video, I would like to know your thoughts:

  • What do you find most frustrating when trying to draw portraits?
  • Maybe you would like to know where to start when drawing a face?
  • Maybe you would like to know how to draw realistic lips? Or a believable nose?

Any questions and comments will be very helpful in giving me information that will help me decide what to teach about next!

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Choosing the Best Reference Photo for your Drawing

As a freelancer, I get all types of reference photos to draw; some good, some bad.

I work with all types; however, I can see a tremendous difference in the quality of my work in the pictures that I drew from low-quality reference photos.

The reason for this is that when I’m drawing, I am gathering information about the subject of the picture from the photograph and translate that information on to paper.

If that information isn’t there, all I have to go on is my imagination to fill in the gaps.

Here is an example of an image that I was given last year of a beautiful couple I know.  It’s a nice photo to look at, but when it comes to drawing, it does not have a lot of clarity since it was a snapshot taken without good lighting. And that makes it very difficult to work with. Continue reading

How to draw a Realistic Eye: Video Walk-Through in Real Time

Would you like to learn the process of drawing a realistic human eye?

There are a lot of tutorials about drawing.

Many of them are absolutely terrific, and I still learn from them today. Many of the artists who create them draw so much better than I do, and are able to articulate their process much better than I can.

However, one thing I do notice is that many of the videos showing how to draw eyes or hands, etc are time lapsed.

While time-lapsed videos are really fun to watch – and I really enjoy watching them – these kinds of videos may not have all the information that you’re looking for when learning to draw. Continue reading