Saturday, February 7, 2015

29 Faces in February, 2015

Not much to say at this time, as it's only a week into the challenge.  I'm alternating serious sketching (like last year) with some fast sketches done in the computer's Paint program.  For now, I'll just show a bit of the serious sketches.  The others are more like exercises to loosen me up.
The movie(s) I've chosen to work from is The Hobbit series by Peter Jackson.  I pause the movie at a chosen point and sketch the face I've selected.  I get to pick facial expressions that no live model would be able to hold for long, expressions that tell a lot about the character him/herself.  I have done several others, mostly from The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey.  Not sure if I ever posted them here, though. They are of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield, The Great Goblin, Azog The Defiler, Bert The Troll, Bard The Bowman, Balin (one of the questing dwarves of Erebor) and Beorn the Berserker (skinchanger).   I expect to have all the dwarves represented, at some point!

I have three sketches for you tonight:

Thranduil, King of the Woodland Realm, aka, "Mirkwood."  In this scene, he was telling Thorin that most might suspect the dwarves were on a quest to reclaim their homeland, but he suspected the quest was for something more practical: the Arkenstone.  Lee Pace plays Thranduil.

A second one of Bard, the Bowman, different from the one I had done before, different scene.  I stopped when interrupted, then decided I like it better "unfinished," which is to say, it is finished, now.  Bard is portrayed by Luke Evans. 

The Master of Laketown, played by Stephen Fry.  Sleazy and self-important, he is here considering whether to accept Thorin's offer of shared wealth in exchange for Laketown's cooperation in the quest -- or throw the lot of them in the town lockup! 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

29 Faces in February, 2015

Well, it's February!!!  
Time to start another "29 Faces in February" Challenge -- are you ready?  
Am I (Only time will tell......)

First, a shout-out to Ayala Art for hosting this invigorating challenge again!  Yaaayyyyyyyyyyyyy.......
Second, I thought I'd preface that I'm going to mix it up a bit this year.  I'd like to continue making the same type of face-art as before, but this time, I want to make a bit more from my computer Paint program.  The idea of those is to do them quickly, maybe 20 minutes or less.  It may not make great art, but should loosen me up considerably, and also make me less reliant upon pausing movies and sketching from the stills.  I think I need that, but want to finish a project or two of movie stills portraits.  If I can, I'll alternate days of each.  (It won't be 'Photoshop,' only 'Paint.')  Who knows, maybe I'll throw in a new clay face or two, as well.

And with that, I shall say.......
"Let the Games BEGIN!"