Week of Sep 23-29, 2012
A Study of Drawing Ugandan Women’s Faces
MY DRAWING NOTES
The cheekbones were the first things that attracted my attention when drawing Ugandan women. (As I always start with head shape first.) They can be softened when a little more weight is applied to the face, but they are always clearly visible. The face is primarily smooth transitions, very flowing and without sharp angles. A high forehead was in most pictures I saw, but that just might be because of hair styling (and that dear friends is a different post).
The noses are wider and closer to the face making them seem shorter than they actually are when viewed strait on. Lines under the nose and eyes are more heavily shaded. (Especially when smiling.) The bridge of the nose is more of a gaceful slope with no hard drop between the forehead and nose. When doing a side view make sure the curve is flowing! Nostrils can be either big or small, but the bulb of the nose will be wide and rounded.
The eyes trend towards a more almond shape around the eyeball when opened normally, wider eyes start to take on a more circular shape on the lower lid. Lines under the eyes are deeper than those above the eyes. Eyebrows generally aren’t that full. They seem to be small or soft most of the time.
Lips are placed slightly higher under the nose. They can be full or normal, but I haven’t seen many thin lips. (Could be wrong on that as I’ve only had a week of study.) Cupid’s bow on also varies by person as it can be deep or almost non existent. Vary on the side of fuller lips.
Personal thoughts on the first study of this blog
Over all, I thought it was really fun to study something new and it definately helped my drawing improve! I had a hard time at first and wasn’t satisfied with my work, but as I kept drawing Ugandan women, I got to the point where I could springboard off the basic facial shapes and practice a lot of the features that were very flexable from person to person.
No two people are alike, there may be simalarities, but each face is unique! Once I got to the end of the week’s study, I enjoyed taking the basics of what I had learned to draw all sorts of faces. These studies are NOT meant to give you tips on ‘same face syndrome’ for a specific culture! That’s exactly what I’m trying to get away from by doing this blog and I urge all the artists following to only use this as a starting point to create interesting characters.
I’m currently looking forward to the hair and pattern studies for Uguanda, but alas, I made up my mind to mix and do different cultures and different studies, (not just one thing after another), for variety’s sake as this is still a young blog. Maybe in the far future I’ll marathon a culture. ^_~*
Next Study: Eastern Russian Ladies Hair and Hairstyles