Character Sketches

I posted a few sketches you might find interesting. Just experimenting with characters and faces. The three examples show how different the emotions are depending how you do it

The first resulted from tracing a historical photograph and adding detail to it. I like it but it is a bit predictable or formal

The second I did looking at a photo and sketching from scratch, trying to exaggerate or develop a character. I had a scribbly loose sketch and than put a layer over it where I carefully drew only the lines i wanted to keep, and removed the scribbly layer. The result is something very cartoony like characters I used to draw in high school for the school yearbook

The third one is a lot like the second, but I left the scribbles in, did not remove any layers and didnt try to make the picture look perfect, just kept building up layers until it felt done. For me it has so much more emotion to it, it also got closest to the character I was trying to capture…this is Unteroffizier Gerhardt Rupp, in The Blue Max, he is the squad informant and the guy you go to when you want to get something done under the table.  He is always watching and trying to get the dirt on other squadmates so he can use the information he gathers to protect or advance himself.  The tone is dark and brooding.  You will see and hear more about Rupp in the future.  My interim project to extend my research and improve my skills will be ” Rupps Sketchbook”….a mix of story telling and sketching along the lines of The Bloody April Journal

Let me know what you think of the sketches

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