This should be a fun one! By the way, my Assignment numbering (if you look back at past Journals) is probably all whacked out. I keep moving things in my book (that I'm writing that will include these assignments) so the numbering keeps changing. Sorry. There is ONE more assignment after this one- and its a HARD ONE! Get ready!
In the meantime, this is the next assignment for my "mentorship" program I have here on DA. For those that don't know (skip to next paragraph if you know about these) I have posted "assignments" from time to time that I then look over and pick two from the batch to draw over and make suggestions on how they could be improved. That's the mentorship part. I can't do it for everyone, but, hopefully, you can see the notes I made on the couple I chose and learn something from that. I know thats the way I learn best- by example. The second element to this is that I am working on a character posing and expression book that will be out next year from Focal Press. My goal is to include your drawing (if it is chosen) and my "mentor" notes as examples in the book.
FOUR THINGS FOR EVERYONE TO REMEMBER:
1)Don't submit a drawing if you don't want it included in the book (I am giving full credit to the artist, but I do not have a budget to pay you). (I will need your REAL name and an email address to send a permission form to you later.)
2) PLEASE add your link to the artwork in the comments section to THIS JOURNAL. It makes it easier to me to find everything if its in one place. Don't NOTE me your link, please.
3) Scan your artwork at the correct size or template if I provided one (listed in the description below) but make sure it is hir res 300 DPI, please. Low res will look bad for book reproduction.
4) Sketches ONLY please. You can use colored pencil underdrawing (like I do) but go over it with graphite for the tie down so you have a darker line that will show up with you scan it. I don't need colored images and I'd rather you get this done and just do a sketch.
Using Photo reference to draw a character but still retaining the essence of the pose!
I created an original character that I call "Ellie the Angel". I want you to use the photo reference, the model sheets I've provided of Ellie and draw her in one or all three of these poses.
There is plenty of Ellie the Angel drawings in my Gallery here on DA, but the ones you'll want to use for this assignment are:
The Orthographic sheet: [link]
The Expressions sheet: [link]
and some of the poses I've drawn of her recently. Here [link]
and here [link]
These three pages should be plenty of reference for you to create your own poses of Ellie using some photo reference as a guide. For the photo reference, I asked my oldest daughter, Lexie, if she would pose as Ellie. Lexie doesn't look that much like Ellie, but I really don't want her to.
Here are her three poses to use as the reference: [link]
The challenge here is for the you to interpret the photo reference (Lexie's poses) and make them into Ellie the Angel. That will mean drastically changing proportions and simplifying details considerably while still trying to retain the essence and charm in the pose. Again, feel free to draw all three poses or just one. I will be picking one of each pose from three different artists, then going over them to give notes on how they could be improved (from my perspective). See rule #3 and #4 for how to scan/upload and what they should look like. Thanks!!
EDIT: THIS IS DUE BY SATURDAY NIGHT!! AND -YES- You SHOULD try and make it look like my version of Ellie. If you are trying to get a job on the SIMPSONS you have to draw them on model to get the job. That is part of the challenge!