Here’s an insight into how I’ve improved on my ink portrait drawings lately.
Since doing Inktober and reading the tip about doing a pencil under drawing before diving straight into the ink, I’ve given that a try with some degree of success.
I’m sure that without some guidelines underneath then I’d have chucked away quite a few ink drawings over the past couple of months.
I do still do drawings directly with ink as there’s still a ‘live’ quality to those which I think might be lost otherwise. But for the portraits, which I find fairly challenging, I’m happy to have a bit of help.
So here’s what I’ve been doing, a quick pencil sketch to find the shadow shapes – I’m not sure it’s the right way but it’s working for me at the moment.
I’m still keeping it quite loose, and with minimal erasing. I only erased and redrew a small part of this one that I’d scaled completely wrong.
Can you tell who this is? Hopefully you’ll see him soon, inked in and hopefully recognisable 🤔