In my quest to get better at this drawing thing I’ve been reading Character Mentor by Tom Bancroft. He includes one section in the book about drawing from photo reference that I think is great. So over the last couple days I’ve been drawing from photos in my sketchbook, and I’m going to share a little of what I have been learing.
Character Mentor: Learn by Example to Use Expressions, Poses, and Staging to Bring Your Characters to Life
Drawing From Photos
This is just one small part of the book but I thought it would be fun and easy to practice. He points out in the book that when drawing from photos you want to capture the essence of the pose but be able to change the dimensions, features etc to make it like the character you are drawing.
In my practice sketches I wasn’t going for a specific character so I just tried to stylize things a little.
Here’s one of my first attempts. Besides stylizing the drawing a bit I also tried to make the silhouette clearer. I added a little more flow to her dress to make the whole thing a little less vertical and I changed the soap to flowers.
I think it’s pretty good try, at least I think I got the “essence of the pose”. I forgot how great it is to have photo reference for shading and lighting. I learned a lot from seeing where the shadows fall on the girl in the original photo. I think if I was to try again I might push the angles and style even a little more.
Here is one more that I tried.
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