Friday, October 17, 2008

Character Studies

I knew I wasn't ready for book illustrations just yet, but I didn't realise how far I need to improve until I tried these character studies.
I rarely draw people, let alone children, so I knew that would be difficult, but even sustaining a sense of character in five pictures of one mouse (an animal I draw all the time) was a real challenge. What a useful prompt: lots of practice needed, but what fun!

10 comments:

krisztina maros said...

BEAUTIFUL works, Bella!!! just keep it up!

angelic pursuits said...

I LOVE your mouse standing on its head. You do so well with mice and I didn't feel at all like you were having trouble with him. Your girl is also off to a nice beginning! Good luck.

Susan said...

I think you are ready for book illustrations! You are good!

Linda said...

Very nice Bella--the mouse is my favorite but that's because I adore any animal! Looks to me like you've got it going & headed in the right direction!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

The standing on the head really got me in the heart!!! I love this character. Like something out of a vintage children's book. Very nice start. You and I are complete opposites. I draw and illustrate animals, but it always a struggle for me. I'm a people watcher and studier so it's not much of a hard thing for me to do. I felt it was really important for me to learn to do animals and do it quick, but it takes time. I just keep trying to I get what I want. Just keep pressing on and watch what happens. I love it all!

Heather said...

You are definitely getting there. Adorable mouse. And the shapes are pretty consistent in the girl (the middle one needs more back of her head.) But what I noticed, especially on the girl is there is very little expression in the eyes. For a great tutorial on facial expression get a hold of Scott McCloud's MAKING COMICS. (I will make a post on the blog with a link.)

Michelle Henninger said...

Bella, you are the queen of mice! All hail the Mouse Queen!!

Bella Sabbagh said...

These comments have been so useful! Thank you everyone. I'll definitely check out the 'Making Comics' link, Heather.
Michelle - that's the loveliest accolade: thank you!

LEEZY said...

These are great sketches, Bella, Bravo! keep it up, you are on a great path.

Mônica said...

I'm like you, Bella, in that I rarely draw people. I have recently started trying to work more drawing children, but it does not come easy.

I think you did achieve consistency with your mouse illustrations, they are delightful!