Grid, Trace or Freehand?
- The time differences in each outline method.
- The comparison of each outline over the reference photo.
- How the outline affects the final result once the outline is coloured in.
- And finally, what my favourite method is and why.
THE GRID METHOD.
The outline of this eye was drawn using a 2 x 6 grid and took 26 minutes. The size of these drawings are smaller than a post card so 26 minutes for an outline is a long time. Many incorrect lines can be seen looking at the comparison of my grid outline on top of the reference photo. The pupil is lower and bigger, many eye lashes aren't quite right, the sides of the eyelid creases are to low and the middle of the eye lid creases are too high. The line for the eye shadow on the right of the eye is also a little higher than it should be and the small end of the eye brow is too high (six obvious differences in the outline).
TRACING YOUR OUTLINE
DRAWING A FREEHAND OUTLINE
Artists who draw freehand from a reference that is not on paper would use their hands, a pencil or any object they think will work, as a guide. For example, if an artist were to sit on a bench with a sketchpad and try and draw the view you would often see them lift their hand or pencil up and try and find a point of perspective or a point of measure. You'll also notice that they will sit in the same position until the outline is complete so that they can keep the right points of perspective in the same view.
This outline was the most time consuming. It took almost a half an hour to draw. The time however showed its worth as there were very little in-correct lines. The eye lashes were mostly drawn too much to the left. The narrow part of the eyebrow is too high and the dotted line to mildly represent the highlighted part of the eye shadow is not quite big enough. Everything else is almost perfectly aligned. I was very pleased with the accuracy of my freehand outline, it did however take a lot longer to draw then I would like.
HOW THE OUTLINE AFFECTED THE FINAL RESULT
WHAT MY FAVOURITE METHOD IS AND WHY.
The youtube video on this article can be seen below and the 1 and a 1/2 hour tutorial is available for supporting patrons on Patreon.
Happy drawing everyone.