Recently, I watched this video by Joy Thomas called “Five-Minute Head Studies”, and I have to admit, the idea of drawing a human face in five minutes intrigued the heck outta me. During the video, she describes the process as addicting, which made me think “Maybe if you’re crazy.” Well. Maybe I’m crazy? Because she was completely right. Here are a few of the studies I completed. They were all taken from stills of a DVD of a popular British drama. (We’re all hooked on the show and own every season.)
The aim, according to Joy, is not to achieve a likeness in five minutes, but instead, to prepare for a longer study or, in her case, a commissioned portrait. Once I got used to the steps and process, it was actually a lot of fun! I think it’d be easy to get hooked if you’re interested in drawing people. And I do believe it is sharpening my drawing skills, so in my opinion, it was worthwhile. Joy also wrote a book, which I’ve borrowed from the library entitled “The Art of Portrait Drawing: Learn the Essential Techniques of the Masters”, which can be found here.
This one ^^ was closer to six minutes, by the time I drew in her hat and coat. But I’m definitely interested in doing more of these. As the author says, once you get used to the method, it’s amazing what you can do if you draw it out to twenty minutes….or even ten. I’d also like to learn to do pet portraits (which Thomas does as well), but I have a feeling that will be much more difficult. I love animals, but I don’t find fur the easiest thing to draw. Maybe if I could master the fineliner pen!
Can’t believe it’s Wednesday already! Counting down to fall foliage! 😀 Peace.