Dear blog, I am so sorry, I promise I did not abandon you - most days I’m just waaaay too tired after work and a 2+ hour journey back home to draw lately )’: It makes me very, very sad. I will be back soon, I promise!

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c-23 said: I did a drawing of you. I'm like 60% happy with it...I can't do hair yet, so I left that out! and I somehow made you look unhappy even though it's based on your graduation pic. Any critiques? Even if it's bad I can take it :^) it's tagged #aniadraws

Ohhhh haha, that’s so cool! I can see the resemblance :’)

Hmm, I would say, maybe try looking at various elements of the face (such as eyes, lips, etc.) one by one and studying them for a bit - that’s what I’m doing at the moment - and then after a while practice doing whole faces (I have no idea if this is a ‘correct’ approach, but it seems to make things easier for me!)? :’) I think knowing what goes where is one thing, but it really helps to know why there’s a line here or there and generally how things work ^^ There’s obviously a lot to anatomy but I think it’s worth it!

(If anyone who actually knows what they’re doing reckons this is a completely wrong approach, please do say so, aha!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DZLkEZV3DM

c-23 said: May I draw you? :^)

Hahah I honestly believe that my face is probably one of the most boring, shapeless faces you could imagine, but sure, go for it :p

Anonymous said: The drawing of the lady you have been working on, yeah its a drawing of Niki Minaj.

Haha ah, I can see the resemblance but, this was meant to be an asian lady. :p Shows how bad I still am at this I guess!

Hi guys!

I wasn’t really going to make any text posts aside from the little explanations I put under my doodles, but I just realised a few people started following me on here, so I wanted to say hello and thank you! Sorry if this blog’s not too great/updated frequently - unfortunately life threw this tiring little thing called a job at me, so yknow, I have to be all boring and responsible and not have too much fun.

Anyways, comments and suggestions are always welcome! :’)

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I have been drawing this lady for the past 2-ish weeks, and it’s so much fun.
I started off with a photo reference of this really pretty asian lady with lots of freckles, then as I went I kind of changed some bits and bobs (actually on purpose, although her face was meant to be much wider).
I sort of add things in as I learn, so I did the lips first since I learned that a while ago, then read about how eyes work, then I read a bit about the anatomy of noses and did that (still very, very bad at it), and so on. I now need to figure out how to do her cheekbones (as they are very ‘sharp’ in the photo that I’m using + she’s wearing a lot of make-up), hair, then the neck, and freckles I guess!
Although the photo looked different, I am pretty happy with how this is going, considering I’m on week 4. So excited to see myself making progress! I might re-do this in a few months time just to see whether there’s (hopefully) a difference.
Fun times!

I have been drawing this lady for the past 2-ish weeks, and it’s so much fun.

I started off with a photo reference of this really pretty asian lady with lots of freckles, then as I went I kind of changed some bits and bobs (actually on purpose, although her face was meant to be much wider).

I sort of add things in as I learn, so I did the lips first since I learned that a while ago, then read about how eyes work, then I read a bit about the anatomy of noses and did that (still very, very bad at it), and so on. I now need to figure out how to do her cheekbones (as they are very ‘sharp’ in the photo that I’m using + she’s wearing a lot of make-up), hair, then the neck, and freckles I guess!

Although the photo looked different, I am pretty happy with how this is going, considering I’m on week 4. So excited to see myself making progress! I might re-do this in a few months time just to see whether there’s (hopefully) a difference.

Fun times!

Right, so, I’m kind of really, really excited about this.
I started trying to learn to draw people (as realistically/accurately as possible at this stage), and the other day I was sat on the train to work in the morning, and decided to practice eyes since I was reading about that the night before, and I drew the right eye on here. Then before I knew it I completely spaced out and made this face, completely out of my head with no reference, and it looks like a face. There’s a bunch of things that are wrong with it, but, I drew something out of my head and it looks like the thing.
Oh my goshhhhhh.
SO MUCH JOY.

Right, so, I’m kind of really, really excited about this.

I started trying to learn to draw people (as realistically/accurately as possible at this stage), and the other day I was sat on the train to work in the morning, and decided to practice eyes since I was reading about that the night before, and I drew the right eye on here. Then before I knew it I completely spaced out and made this face, completely out of my head with no reference, and it looks like a face. There’s a bunch of things that are wrong with it, but, I drew something out of my head and it looks like the thing.

Oh my goshhhhhh.

SO MUCH JOY.

Andddd more bad hands (drawing on the shaky train is not easy!)

c-23 said: Hi Ania! Is there a particular guide you used for drawing faces?

Hiya!

The lady I’m currently working on is just being drawn off a photo reference; I’m trying to learn about the very basics of facial anatomy in the meantime, but it’s mostly looking at 10 different things and trying to remember the things all of them mention as they are probably important!

I learned about the basics of drawing lips from Mark Crilley’s tutorial on Youtube (very nice videos), although that doesn’t involve anatomy, just the basic principles. I found this nice little page about eyes yesterday, and it explains everything nicely http://www.stanprokopenko.com/blog/2009/05/draw-eyes/, and at the moment I’m trying to find a good resource for noses, regarding both anatomy and shading, etc.

The only other thing I can think of is proportions, which I’m looking at in the book ‘drawing at the right side of the brain’ by Betty Edwards :’) Sorry if this isn’t much help haha, I’m kind of improvising with this whole ‘learning to draw’ thing - there’s too many resources to choose from! Very confusing!

She’s starting to look like a person, woohoooo!
(bit far from the reference, but hey ho, I’ll do better next time)

She’s starting to look like a person, woohoooo!

(bit far from the reference, but hey ho, I’ll do better next time)

Work is making me so tired recently that I don’t really have the energy to draw every day, woops.
I am, however, very, very excited for the new Sailor Moon series!
(also, I actually drew this entirely out of my head, and was scared to realise I remember all the details of her appearance :s)

Work is making me so tired recently that I don’t really have the energy to draw every day, woops.

I am, however, very, very excited for the new Sailor Moon series!

(also, I actually drew this entirely out of my head, and was scared to realise I remember all the details of her appearance :s)

c-23 said: It's actually good so far! Her lips reminded me of Daeny :^)

Aw thank you! :’) You’re right actually, they both have pretty full lips.
I think I need to sit back and learn the basics of drawing a nose and various eye shapes before I can finish this because I did the mouth (which is the only part I know how to draw properly) and from now on have no idea what I’m doing, hah!

c-23 said: Is that Daenerys?

Ah no, it’s an Asian lady with an interesting face I found in some tumblr photoset (although this looks nothing like her atm). :p

(I am clearly very, very bad at this, haha)

In other news: drawing people is flippin’ hard.

In other news: drawing people is flippin’ hard.

hellyestina said: Hello! I just stumbled across your blog while looking through the sketchbook tag and thought I'd say hi :) I'm also working on my art skills, it's both fun AND frustrating to say the least. Keep up the good work!

Ohh hiiiii! Thanks for stopping by! (:

I totally agree on the fun+frustration combo, I absolutely love it and want to make so many things and draw all the time, but at the same time it seems to be going so slowly and it’s so frustrating at times…

Do you ever put the stuff you do up here? If so, hope to see some of your work! :’)