23-Second Loose Face Sketch

by Polyvios Animations, December 31st 2020 © 2020 Polyvios Animations

Done as part of a practice session with poses of 23 seconds in length.

My current goal is: Improve my understanding of the forces of my facial muscles, in terms of my facial anatomy.

Here is my latest sketch from last night. As you can plainly see, I'm really feeling out the expression, and then I'm really, really, really drawing it out, which I did. What do you think about THIS????

Happy New Year, Line of Action!!!!!!!!!

Kim - Site admin

I'm all for warmups, but I haven't seen a longer pose from you in a long while. What do you feel you are getting out of these short poses that you don't get from longer poses? Is there something you may be avoiding in longer poses?

Polyvios Animations

Well, funny you should say that, Kim, cause that's a very good question you've asked me this evening.

Well, to answer your questions, what I should aim for-to me at least- is the line economy in the shorter sketches, not to mention the spontaneity and the gutsiness, and the funniness and humor you would get from-for instance- cartoony animated cartoons. Second of all, is the slowness and carefullness, that you needn't avoid in the longer poses- not matter how much dynamism you'd get in the tiniest time limits for your scribbly practice sketches.

And so, in conclusion, it's fun. Can you see?

Thanks, Kim.

Polyvios Animations.

P.S. Next time, I can show you some of my longer drawings that I've got in my archives, if you want to see 'em. Happy New Year!


Hello Polyvios.

Thank you for posting your gesture drawing! The first thing I notice here is that the lines are very fluid and expressive, which is great. The altering thickness is wonderful and creates depth to your gesture, for example the feet look closer to me than the upper body. The movement of the figure feels lively, like it's dancing.

Something I might point out is that the overall form here is hard to understand. For example, where are the head and the arms? Perhaps giving the arms thickness to represent them in a 3 dimensional fashion would aid in making the figure look more complete. That said, such fast gesture drawings can make that difficult, but you are definitely capable of doing some great stuff.

Before your next practice, consider looking closely at examples from the masters. Studying Rembrandt's gesture drawings have helped me improve representing the form and movement better, maybe you would find it helpful as well.

I would also consider practing more hand gestures as well, since it could help you with working the form of the arms and hands faster.

Thank you again for sharing, and I hope this helps.


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