Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Learn How to Draw a Young Girl's Face

Free drawing tutorial by the Storyboarding, Drawing and Animation Instructor at Visual College of Art and Design of Vancouver (VCAD) Glen Kennedy.

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In this tutorial we will create a new semi realistic character. Why semi realistic? Just because you have to make your own characters if you want to make money in the commercial art business. We will start with the basics of the realistic drawing -- two lines and an oval. Our character will have over exaggerated eyes so that we get more of the expression at the end of the drawing.

We begin with the proportions to figure out where the character's eyes, nose, and mouth will be. Then we proceed with the shape of an eye and switch to the second eye. The center point between two eyes is about of the size of the eye. We move on to the eyebrows to establish the facial expression of the character. After that is done, we move on to the nose. It will be in the shape of a tie. We line up nostrils with the mouth. In case of the young people, mouth and nose areas are smaller, that is why eyes should be bigger.

In order to get the feel of the character, we continue with the pupils and keep working on the shapes of the mouth, eyes, and nose. We should use soft pencil to get loose shapes during the development of the character. That allows us to do lots of drawings inside of the character and we can go back at any time. Marker or anything else can be used afterwards when we have gotten what we wanted to in terms of the expression and look of the character.

We move on with the hair line and chin line. When that is done we will exaggerate the highlights of the pupils.

Both eyes of the character should point to one direction so that they don't look as if they're floating. After pupils are finished we contour the top line of the eye and finish up with the lower line. Next is the eyebrow. We switch to the other side of the face, which should be slightly different. Please, remember that human face is not symmetric. Then we move to the nose, mouth, and nostrils. One always should remember that drawing a mouth is always a mixture of round lines and straight edges.

Do not stay on one part of the drawing for too long because you should work on the overall feel of the drawing. Eyes give the expression to the character; therefore, it is very important to work them out in the best possible ways so that you are satisfied with the results.

Next step is the structure of the face and head so we can figure out where to place the hair line, cheeks and chin. Lock the shapes you are satisfied with.

Now we can erase the construction lines to start adding the creative elements to take the drawing to another level.

With the thicker pencil we start drawing hair and adding details to the eyes, nose, mouth and face. The reason for that is to get the feel of the lines that have to be carved in. Step back and take a look at what you have and what has to be changed. Add hair to get the look.

In the next step, you can use markers, pencils, or pens. It doesn't really matter. The only thing that matters is the result.

Add life to the character; don't change shapes because it is already too late. Shaping has to be done before carving.

We move on with block shading. Use your fingers or eraser. Block shading for the hair and find the neck line. Add eyelashes and details to the eyes.

Get a darker marker and start highlighting the pupils of the eyes.

Add details to get the connection between expression and personality of the character.

It is a good idea to stop from time to time and take a look at what you have. Get a darker marker and add darker lines to you your drawing. Pay attention to the quality of the lines. Block the shading.

Go back to the eyes and work more on their details because they determine the emotion and feel of the character. Look for the soft lines and make them darker to get the character's personality.

Use the marker to work on the character's hair to add some extra life. Different shading techniques can be applied -- crosshatching, loose lines or anything else you are comfortable with.

Go over again and enhance the character's details. Use different lines and shading. Finish up with the eyes and eyelashes.

The drawing is finally finished. What we have here is a little girl looking up.

Glen's past achievements and work experience:

2010 Barbie: Princess Charm School (video) (storyboard artist)

2007 Storm Hawks (TV series) (storyboard director - 1 episode)
– Siren's Song (2007) (storyboard director)

1998 Chucklewood Critters (TV series) (storyboard artist - 13 episodes)
– Family Feud (1998) (storyboard artist)
– Timeout (1998) (storyboard artist)
– Scenter of Attention (1998) (storyboard artist)
– Raging Rivers (1998) (storyboard artist)
– Anything You Can Do...? (1998) (storyboard artist)
See all 13 episodes »

1997 I Am Weasel (TV series) (storyboard artist - 1 episode)
– I Are Big Star (1997) (storyboard artist)

1999 Werner - Volles Rooäää!!! (animator)

1998 Chucklewood Critters (TV series) (animation director - 13 episodes)
– Family Feud (1998) (animation director)
– Timeout (1998) (animation director)
– Scenter of Attention (1998) (animation director)
– Raging Rivers (1998) (animation director)
– Anything You Can Do...? (1998) (animation director)
See all 13 episodes »

1997 The What a Cartoon Show (TV series) (animation timer - 1 episode, 1997) (animator - 1 episode, 1997)
– Tales of Worm Paranoia (1997) (animation timer, animator)

1994-1995 Aladdin (TV series) (animation director: Kennedy Cartoons - 12 episodes)
– As the Netherworld Turns (1995) (animation director: Kennedy Cartoons)
– The Lost City of the Sun (1995) (animation director: Kennedy Cartoons)
– Eye of the Beholder (1994) (animation director: Kennedy Cartoons)
– Night of the Living Mud (1994) (animation director: Kennedy Cartoons)
– The Way We War (1994) (animation director: Kennedy Cartoons)
See all 12 episodes »

1993-1994 Bonkers (TV series) (animation director: Kennedy Cartoons - 9 episodes)
– Fall Apart Land (1994) (animation director: Kennedy Cartoons)
– Miracle at the 34th Precinct (1993) (animation director: Kennedy Cartoons)
– Goldijitters and the 3 Bobcats (1993) (animation director: Kennedy Cartoons)
– The Final Review (1993) (animation director: Kennedy Cartoons)
– A Wooly Bully (1993) (animation director: Kennedy Cartoons)
See all 9 episodes »

1992-1993 Goof Troop (TV series) (animation director: Kennedy Cartoons - 15 episodes)
– Educating Goofy (1993) (animation director: Kennedy Cartoons)
– For Pete's Sake (1993) (animation director: Kennedy Cartoons)
– Clan of the Cave Goof (1992) (animation director: Kennedy Cartoons)
– Lethal Goofin' (1992) (animation director: Kennedy Cartoons)
– Tub Be or Not Tub Be (1992) (animation director: Kennedy Cartoons)
See all 15 episodes »

1991 Darkwing Duck (TV series) (animation director: Kennedy Cartoons - 5 episodes, 1991) (animation director - 1 episode, 1991)
– Darkwing Doubloon (1991) (animation director: Kennedy Cartoons)
– Dry Hard (1991) (animation director)
– Up, Up, and Awry (1991) (animation director: Kennedy Cartoons)
– Whiffle While You Work (1991) (animation director: Kennedy Cartoons)
– Jurassic Jumble (1991) (animation director: Kennedy Cartoons)
See all 6 episodes »

Tiny Toon Adventures (TV series) (director: Kennedy Cartoons - 18 episodes, 1990-1991) (timing director - 2 episodes, 1990-1991) (model designer - 1 episode, 1991)
– High Toon (1991) (director: Kennedy Cartoons, model designer, timing director)
– New Character Day (1991) (director: Kennedy Cartoons - uncredited)
– How Sweetie It Is (1991) (director: Kennedy Cartoons)
– You Asked for It Again (1991) (director: Kennedy Cartoons)
– Pollution Solution (1991) (director: Kennedy Cartoons)
See all 19 episodes »

1990 Potsworth & Co. (TV series) (animation director - 13 episodes)
– Rosie's Fuss Attack (1990) (animation director)
– Save the Cave (1990) (animation director)
– Rosie's Extra Sweet Day (1990) (animation director)
– Dozer Quest (1990) (animation director)
– King Potsworth (1990) (animation director)
See all 13 episodes »

1990 Jetsons: The Movie (animator)

1989 Hägar the Horrible (TV short) (supervising director: Wang/Cuckoo's Nest)

1988 A Pup Named Scooby-Doo (TV series) (animation supervisor - 13 episodes)
– Lights... Camera... Monster (1988) (animation supervisor)
– Robopup (1988) (animation supervisor)
– The Story Stick (1988) (animation supervisor)
– Ghost Who's Coming to Dinner (1988) (animation supervisor)
– Scooby Dude (1988) (animation supervisor)
See all 13 episodes »

1988 Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf (TV movie) (animator)

1985-1987 She-Ra: Princess of Power (TV series) (animator - 93 episodes)
– Swifty's Baby (1987) (animator)
– The Bibbet Story (1987) (animator)
– Shades of Orko (1987) (animator)
– Hordak's Power Play (1987) (animator)
– The Inspector (1987) (animator)
See all 93 episodes »

1987 Smurfs (TV series) (supervising director: Wang/Cuckoo's Nest - 36 episodes)
– All the News That's Fit to Smurf (1987) (supervising director: Wang/Cuckoo's Nest)
– Gargamel's Quest/Gargamel's Second Childhood (1987) (supervising director: Wang/Cuckoo's Nest)
– Stop & Go Smurfs/Poet the Know-It-All (1987) (supervising director: Wang/Cuckoo's Nest)
– Smurf Pet/Timber Smurf (1987) (supervising director: Wang/Cuckoo's Nest)
– The Smurf Who Could Do No Wrong/Smurfette's Lucky Star (1987) (supervising director: Wang/Cuckoo's Nest)
See all 36 episodes »

1986 Ghostbusters (TV series) (animator - 65 episodes)
– The Way You Are (1986) (animator)
– Maze Caves (1986) (animator)
– The Haunted Painting (1986) (animator)
– Pretend Friends (1986) (animator)
– Back to the Past (1986) (animator)
See all 65 episodes »

1985 A Christmas Special (TV movie) (animator - as Glen Howie Kennedy)

1983-1985 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (TV series) (animator - 114 episodes)
– The Cold Zone (1985) (animator)
– To Save the Creatures (1985) (animator)
– The Games (1985) (animator)
– The Ancient Mirror of Avathar (1985) (animator)
– Capture the Comet Keeper (1985) (animator)
See all 114 episodes »

1984 Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (TV series) (animator)

1983 The Raccoons and the Lost Star (TV movie) (assistant animator - as Glenn Kennedy)

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