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Jody Linn

Artist, conservator, cake provider, insomniac.

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Famous Faces

I've been focusing pretty heavily on figure drawing in the last few months and drawing faces has really fallen by the wayside. I would just really like to capture likeness better than I do now so I made a couple of attempts at this grid technique just using famous faces that I found interesting.

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I know that the facial hair was going to be a challenge but I love his face so I went with Willie Nelson for the first one even though I had to invert the grid for it to be visible.

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I was totally lazy and just drew the grid lightly right on the paper, I don't know that I would do that again because I can't not see it there. I'm faint enough with my outlines that it's hard to get a picture of it.

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I have learned that I definitely have a time limit for working on projects like this in one sitting because I could tangibly feel myself getting rougher with the details as time went on. I got rid of the microphone shadow on his beard and didn't do the writing on his hat.

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This is another portrait that I did using this technique with the original reference photo. It may only be Canadians that recognize him but it's Mr. Dressup. For this one, I used a paper underneath with the grid marked onto it to make the outline. 

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This technique was really awesome for the placement of the features especially. When I sketch freehand, I can get it pretty close but there's almost always one eye that's just a few millimeters out of place or I've placed the lips just a little high or low. This was bang on so thank you so much for the class! Now I have to practice the shading ;D

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