I felt like Steve Martin in THE JERK haha. "The new phone book's here! The new phone book's here! I'm somebody now! Millions of people look at this book everyday! I'm in print! Things are going to start happening to me now!!" (cut to a sniper shooting at him lol)
This is my beautiful Twin Daughter Lauren! She made it to the 3rd round in American Idol this year! I wanted some HARD SHADOW photos of my kids to draw for my parents. I was not happy with the recent drawing of our daughter Kate, so I will be re-drawing her, and our other 3 next.
I went to visit my parents for Easter, and my dad pulls out this hobby tool he got somewhere and he didn't know what to do with it! I instantly knew what i could use it for. I think it was made for making your own fishing flies and lures, etc?
It has 3 adjustable clip arms. As you can see, I use it for viewing details in the eyes. It allows me to view both the source photo AND my drawing at the same time, but HANDS FREE!!! I'm really diggin it!! YAY DAD!!! Just thought I would share...
From my TIP GUIDE: "A LOT of people ask me, HOW DO YOU COMPLETE SO MANY DRAWINGS? It's because I draw so small! Yes, size does matter in drawing! I read that if you make a drawing just 20% larger, will take up to 50% more time to draw. So a drawing that takes me 10 hours, would take me 15 hours if I only increased it by 20% in size! I spend at least 10 minutes JUST planning the perfect size of the drawing. First, I set my printer on draft setting, and I print 2 or 3 test prints of the reference photo, then I compare them to my past drawings, and based on that, I can pretty much tell how much time it's going to take me to draw!
This helps me to determine how long it will take, and how much detail I can fit into a certain space. I have personally found that the IDEAL size for ME is to keep the total face size between 5 to 6 INCHES from the hairline to the bottom of the chin. If itís TOO big, there are too many details to ignore, it will take forever to finish, and I also find that the larger size affects my wrist motion while blending. If it is too small, then obviously you cannot draw the details. However, there is a perfect size, at least in my mind, which is the perfect compromise of time vs. details allowed. For ME, it is about finding this balance, between the level of details and how long it takes me to complete, because I personally loose interest fast, and want to move on to a new subject. I have my total AVERAGE drawing time down to somewhere between 6 to 8 hours."
CLICK the LINK to view and DOWNLOAD ALL of my PAST REFERENCE PHOTOS: [link]
NOTHING inspires me more to draw than an AWESOME PHOTO!!
I have created a Google Picasa photo album with ALL of my PAST reference photos I used in past drawings, and thought I would share them with everyone. Feel free to share and download them, draw them etc. It will be growing each time I finish a drawing.
NEW to DA and have not seen my DRAWING TIP GUIDE? Here you go... Also, you may want to follow me on Twitter? I often post WIPs of new drawings and random TIPS I do not post on DA [link]