Thursday, September 20, 2007

student profiling

This week in class we are working on portraits. My colleague Jake has been leading the lectures and I'm enjoying learning right along with everyone else. I've never really focused on the geometry of the face like we are doing this week, so this has been a valuable learning experience.

Here are a few sketches I've made of the students in my class. In each of these I feel like I was able to capture some qualities of each person, but definitely not all. Specifically, defining the chin and forehead gave me trouble.


And oh, poor Sarah...she is so much prettier than I drew her...unfortunately, I started out with her eye too big (or the rest of her face too little) and could never recover!

15 comments:

Shannon Hegger said...

these all look so good and so real! Even just glancing at them I could tell exactly who each person was!

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

Each sketch has such personality. Nice to have a number of faces to draw-upon.

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

These are AMAZING.

lynne said...

I wanna take your class!

Terry Banderas said...

All I have to say is----you are really good!

Anita said...

They are great!
Wish I could attend this class, after working from photographs for 3 years I have just started working from life...Entirely different ball game!!!

Annie said...

You are really brave to do all your sketches with PEN, and they are all so good. I can't do without my eraser, especially with portraits!

wagonized said...

These are so darn good, Suzanne! Holy crap, i love how you stress profiles with the darker background. Very effective. Love it. Do you go straight with pen?
I too want to take your class. But i've said that before.

Christeen said...

You always have the coolest pen drawings! And how cool is it to be able to draw your students?? I really like these portraits.

Felicity said...

Fabulous drawings, each is so full of character!

Africantapestry said...

These are such great portraits! I also want to know if you work directly in pen?
ronell

suzanne said...

Thanks for all your comments! To answer the pen question: No, normally I wouldn't attempt to draw this kind of portrait with a pen...however, being the bad student, er professor, that I am...I forgot to bring a pencil to class (or for that matter, a big sketchbook) and therefore had to work in pen and small. This is the reason behind all the crosshatching. It was the only way I could make the profile look clean.

Joan Y said...

Oh Suzanne, to be able to draw portraits like you would be a dream come true!

Jana Bouc said...

I love these...whether they're perfect resemblances or not, they're wonderfully expressive drawings!

Marie-Dom said...

These are all fantastically done. Great character and lovely line work. I have no idea who these people are, but I'm guessing there's a good likeness...
MD