I've always liked doodling lovely ladies, but it was a lot of fun to follow Gabrielle's techniques, steps, and style. I really tried to experiment with shapes, expressions, and styles for my characters. Some were truly doodles, while some had a certain look I was going for ahead of time (I have a drawing of a singer I was listening to at the time, and a drawing of a character designed by my daughter, working on a self-portrait, too but that isn't ready for sharing).
I noticed some of the things I struggle with are making sure I don't slant all the facial features at an angle, I tend to not be able to line them up on a level horizontal line even when I'm trying, so gotta figure out why that is. I also had trouble with the eye spacing on some of them. It seemed like I would start out okay with the simple ovals but by the time I added all the details the eyes would be way too close together and I'd have to go back and tweak them. Keeping in mind proportions and measurements, angles and lines has been huge in giving me more control in my drawing.
I also learned just how valuable a blending stump and a variety of pencils with different lead can be! I now really enjoy drawing with just pencil a lot more than I did before because I have the right tools and more knowledge and when and how to use them. It seems so simple and obvious now, but took this class to really make it click in my head. I'll admit I'm a little embarrassed about that.
Here are the characters I've got so far now in my new little sketchbook (finally broke down and spent a little bit more money on a Moleskine sketchbook, and I LOVE it! Great thick paper, nice size and shape and feel to the thing, makes me excited to sketch again after going awhile with a different book that left me feeling blah every time I'd go to draw in it):
The first few sketches were just on the same page. I liked some of them so much I regretted not giving them their own page to fit in some bodies as well.
Doctor woman from TV documentary
Nice big smile
Evil Villain Jane Fonda?
Sarah Watkins from Nickel Creek
Can not decide on a hair style for her, so she's pretty ticked off!
I let my 6-year-old daughter design this character. I followed her specifications (minus the colors, of course!) Can't wait to do more of these with her and her vivid imagination!
Thanks for looking! Hope to do some more of these soon :)