Learn how to draw a nice head drawing based on a simple sketch! Do you ever draw while you are occupied doing something else? I know I do! Whenever I talk on the phone, I always pick up a pencil to draw anything that comes to mind. I can be a character, an animal or just a bunch of abstract lines.
That's exactly how I came up with this character. I work on it while talking on the phone in a few occasions. Since I was not quite inspired to create another tutorial, I figured it would be a nice challenge to pick up this drawing and turn it into a painting tutorial.
Since shadows are already created with the grey areas, the result should be filled with great textures. Honestly, I think I found a style that I am very comfortable with. That's the beauty of creation... inspiration can be found anywhere, even on the phone!
Here is the original drawing. I love creating shadows with my pencil. I use my fingers to create light shadows and most of the time, these drawings are spontaneous and very warm.
Once the drawing was imported in my application, I duplicated the canvas and set the new layer to multiply. Then, I added plain colors on the character and the background.
As usual, I tried to complete the background before working on the head drawing. The original lines are used to create simple textures.
Since the skin was a little bit too yellow, I applied another plain color on the character. Then, I started to work on shadows using a color slightly darker than the original one.
I repeat the same process by adding more and more shadows using a darker tone of color each time. The head drawing is getting more readable and visually interesting.
Once the dark shadows are done, I select a light tone of color to create reflections. My goal is to create a face that looks as natural as possible.
In this step, I add two blue circles to create the eyes and smaller dots (colored in black) that will be used to illustrate the pupils.
The sketching "feeling" of the illustration is nice, but a few lines are clearly misplaced. I use the eraser to remove lines on the eyes, the forehead and near the mouth and nose.
For this last step, I simply add a darker tone of color on the background to make the character more visible. That's it! Using a simple sketch, I have created a nice head drawing in only a few minutes. I really enjoy this technique and hopefully, I will be back with more drawing lesson like this one! :)