Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Don't be a Hader...

So as I mentioned in last weeks blog I am going to make an effort to work on more basic and fundamental aspects in my art in order to improve my weaker skills. One such weak point is my ability to draw from life. Aside from a few life drawing classes in college I have never really been much of a "fine artist." I spent a lot of time drawing cartoons and comic book characters as a kid and never really branched out from there until college, so stuff like this is definitely a challenge for me but I have every intention of getting better at it. So without further adieu I give you Bill Hader one of the funnier cast members on the latest season of SNL (in my opinion), and a pretty well-known actor who's appeared in comedies like Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Knocked Up, and Adventureland. He's probably one of my favorite on-screen comedians right now, so naturally while I was watching SNL on Hulu last night he was a good topic for my practice piece. When I started the piece I was going for more of a caricature (little rusty in that department!) but I ended up toning it down and bringing it closer to a more realistic take. I think starting so broad like that and attempting to bring it back to normalcy hurt the likeness in the final pass. Note to self: In the future find better quality pictures of celebrities on the internet! I might try to do one of these once a week from now on and maybe coax myself into doing one a day at some point (Ambitious, I know!).

As always thanks for checking my stuff out and feel free to comment or leave any feedback on the work I post here. I know this piece suffers from some pretty glaring likeness issues but I would love to hear any advice anyone might have on pulling together a more realistic (or at least closer) likeness.


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