Sample Project

Sample Project - student project

Using the sketch provided, I’ve created a couple different images of the same character. My goal was to practice various textures in a fun way.



I focused on creating the impression that my lines were soft and light – I used light strokes with wispy ends to achieve this. For the hair on the head, I drew it in chunks, which minimized how many lines were drawn. This ensured the finished product wasn’t messy looking.

Sample Project - image 1 - student project

I also tried blocking out the hair. I created a solid mass using black and went back in with white lines to define the shape.

Sample Project - image 2 - student project

For both the beard and stubble, I used the same kind of light lines but made sure they followed the contours of the face.



First thing I did was draw in the nose, lips and eyes. From there I marked, in blue, the contours of the  face. This would help me in my next step, creating scars, freckles and scales.

Sample Project - image 3 - student project

To draw the scars and freckles I kept the same idea in mind – make sure that these subtle textures conform to the shapes underneath. Since skin wraps around the forms beneath it, anything on the skin needs to do the same.

Sample Project - image 4 - student project

The scales were a bit more tough, I had to remember that they not only need to wrap around the forms, but that they also overlap themselves.

Sample Project - image 5 - student project



As always, I start with basic outlines and blacking out shapes. I want a denim look for the centre piece and leather for the arms. His shirt is a light material – maybe a cotton or linen, which means that it’ll be flowy in comparison to the crisp, heavy jacket.

Sample Project - image 6 - student project

Since I have both a denim coat and a leather coat at home, I had a better sense of what these materials look and behave like. This affects the way I draw and add details. For the denim, I added stitching and seams all over the coat. The material, since it’s so thick, seems to buckle in places where there are buttons or reinforced pockets. I drew in little lines to symbolize the buckling.

There were a few empty spots on his coat, so I added in some tears and patches. I also practiced placing an image on the front of this shirt.

Sample Project - image 7 - student project



Here are a few of the different versions I created of the same character.

Sample Project - image 8 - student project


The End!

Melissa De Nobrega
Graphic designer & Illustrator
Top Teacher