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Jody Linn

Artist, conservator, cake provider, insomniac.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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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