Holbein WIP 2

3/26/2010 03:54:00 PM Posted In , , Edit This 15 Comments »
I didn't have a lot of time again today to draw, but I did do a bit more on my Holbein copy.  I'm finding her mouth is posing a special challenge for me - there really isn't much mouth there to work with.  With just a few lines and shadows, Holbein was able to create a mouth that is just perfect for that face.   I'm having trouble with the line itself, as well as its angle.
As you can see from my version, I have been working with relatively hard pencils.  The softest one I've used on it so far is a 2B.  I'm not ready yet to move to the softer, darker, lead - I'm still feeling my way along with this.  I've only just started doing her headpiece.  I can say this about it, though, I'm Oh So Grateful that I don't ever have to wear anything like that on My head, aren't you?





15 comments:

freebird said...

Did you try just drawing the darker line? As a last resort try gridding the area to get the angle. I can see there isn't much mouth there. You don't pick easy drawings to copy do you? But then the purpose is to push yourself so this is good.

Janet Ghio said...

This is looking good Nancy!

Evelyn Howard said...

LOL, yes glad I dont have to wear a headpiece, esp that one which is not very attractive :D. A very nice drawing - you must have a lot of patience! Have a nice weekend Nancy.

Shayla said...

Those eyes are really intense. Great job.

Yes, I'm glad I don't have to wear the hat. When I worked at a historical museum, my costume always had a hat indoors. The worst ones had ties under the chin.

Ann said...

I don't know, but the way my hair looks some days a hat like that may not be such a bad idea :-)

It looks to me like you're doing a great job with this! The idea of a grid is a good idea to help with angles and placement.

Alex said...

It's coming to life now this one! :) I can totally see it, and boy everything you do just gets better and better.
And Nancy, I got the package! Just last night I was so excited about it. I haven't got a chance to go through it, but I flip through a few pages and I can tell you I'd love to try some of those techniques. Thank you so much again and the card is very sweet.

curiouscrow said...

this is looking great Nancy! I was going to offer the same advice as freebird - that's how I'd do it.

I too would hate to wear that head er, thing!

Cathy Holtom said...

It seems as if it's coming along well Nancy. I'm not much of an expert on faces but if I find my self stuck I turn the drawing and reference upside down. Sometimes it helps to draw what you see and not what you think you see?
x

bendelachanal said...

It is really coming to life, and the mouth looks good to me.
The only thing that I would try is a tiny bit more white in the right side of the right eye when looking at the drawing.

arlene said...

She looks great....
you are getting really good at this..
hugs
arlene

Socrates said...

It's funny how without her mouth and more shading, she's looking younger and lovelier than the original. Maybe that's why she's giving you a hard time with her mouth, she doesn't want to get old 'again'!

raena said...

This is coming along very nicely! Oh, and agree about the hat; it would not be very flattering on me...or probably anyone else!

ffyrebird.com said...

I second the upside down trick. You pick wickedly hard subjects to do but your results are amazing!! I wonder if she looks so stern and grouchy because she's stuck wearing that headgear??

kazumiwannabe said...

Very interesting to see the steps of your drawing! Her expression is beginning to appear and it's very alike. For the moment your version seems softer and less stern (it suits her better : ) !)
Beautiful work!

Dragana Savkov - Bajić said...

Your drawing looks very, very nice! Think it would be wonderful when you finish it!