So far my in-depth progress has gone by well. I have learned a few new tactics but have mostly been working on some of the pieces that I want to have completed. Here is one of the concepts I have found new and interesting.
When illustrating objects that provide a reflection of some sort (lips, glasses, etc.), something important to note is how to properly shade them in. For example, when illustrating glasses in one of my images, I would leave out blank spaces and shade the outside of where the illustrated line would be, to provide some sort of contrast. This is to allow for the image to pop out rather than simply being bland and 2d.
(Incomplete image of Dwight Schrute)
As of now I am currently working on my piece based around a person’s face. In this case, I have decided to choose a popular TV persona, “Dwight Schrute” or the actor “Rainn Wilson,” mostly to provide myself with a challenge. I will go more in-depth into why it is more challenging than normal.
How to have a beautiful mind:
Much like everyone else, I will be attaching colours to my different hats:
Blue, red, black, white, yellow, and green.
To provide some context, I had finished my prior piece and felt rather accomplished finishing it. I decided to begin on the illustration of a person’s face and was already wanting to illustrate “Dwight Schrute.”
Grace: Hey Kevin, have you completed your piece from the last meeting?
Grace: What are piece are you planning to create next?
Me: I was wondering if I should start drawing a person’s face with ink pen now? I feel experienced enough to and I had a person in mind.
Grace: Sketching people’s facial features can be difficult, especially with ink pen. However, I believe with your progress so far you should do well. You have already sketched people and faces with pencil before, and you seem to be learning quickly.
As soon as our mentoring session began my mentor established the progress I had made and the next tasks needed. She used the blue hat to make sure I was able to accomplish as much as I can with the time I had. After providing my ideas for what was to come next, Grace put on two hats at once, the red and yellow. She provided some background detail as to why she would normally be hesitant, but then proceeded to use the red hat to show her belief in my progress. The yellow hat came soon after, supporting me with her prior knowledge and logical reasoning as to why she knew I was ready. I then proposed my person to her, “Dwight Schrute” or “Rainn Wilson,” showing her on my phone.
Me: I was thinking about drawing this person next.
Grace: Hmm. His head and facial features seem to be shaped strangely, which may make it more challenging. You may have difficulty illustrating his glasses, as well as him as a whole.
Me: I see what you mean, but I think it would be a good challenge. I believe that I’m able to do it after my experience sketching in pencil.
In this conversation, Grace provided a valid argument. She did not state that I could not do it, only that it would be challenging, providing some details behind her argument. She used the black hat to think critically about the outcome and to make sure I understood the potential issues that may arise. However, I trusted my artistic ability and brought back my experience, using the yellow hat for myself this time.
(Later when sketching the face)
Me: Excuse me Grace, how would I make the glasses look more realistic? They look dull outlined in pencil.
Grace: Oh, it is important to avoid just drawing the glasses. Instead, to provide a more crisp and realistic look, you highlight the darker inner edges and leave the brighter areas behind.
In this situation, I put on the green hat, inquiring about how to illustrate something I had never done before. I wanted to know the best way to illustrate them in order for them to look realistic.
(Later when asking about sketching lips)
Grace: The lips of a person always have a reflection on them. Not only when there is light shining onto their face, but as well as when it is bouncing off of the upper lip onto the lower lip.
The white hat was a simpler hat to wear, but it is one of the most important. I didn’t pay much attention as to why certain areas were brighter than others, even though both were submerged in shade, but it helped me realize that this occurs a lot in artwork.
That seems to be it for this update. I am pretty proud of my progress and believe that I have done well so far on my individual pieces. It was fun catching up again, adios.