Weekly* Portrait Activity Thread: Stretch/Squish

SurfpossumSurfpossum A nonentitytrying to preserve the anonymity he so richly deserves.Registered User regular
edited August 2018 in Artist's Corner
Hello everyone! I've been having a lot of fun doing portraits the last few days, and maybe it would be more fun with friends! I have a couple of ideas for activities that should hopefully produce neater results with every additional participant, so please feel free to join in.

First up, we have this video featuring Alan Rickman making a cup of tea. It's in super slow motion, which makes it great for picking out a particular expression (and he goes through quite a few) and also is just fun to watch.


Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to select a spot in the above video and draw it. For example, I'm taking a stab at the 4:00 mark, as seen here:


I'm probably going to try to render it in a very boring and realistic fashion, like the last one I did, but feel free to do yours however! Maybe imitate the guy that made that HOPE poster, or something like what that rascal Banksy would do, or peruse historically significant self portraits for inspiration, like this one by Matisse.

Here are some handy resources in case you want Tips and/or Tricks!
Creating a grid is basically like cheating, except without the bad parts! I highly recommend it, the only reason I'm not using grids RIGHT NOW is because I'm specifically trying to train my eyes.
This video provides some nice visuals regarding what to look for when comparing likenesses.
This link contains some butts but also some good pointers for how to "measure" things in a reference.

If we get a decent number of participants, I'll try to make something out of the results at the end of the week* like a comic book page or slideshow or something. Wouldn't that be neat! It might also be helpful to post the timestamp or initial sketch of the frame you are drawing, so that people can avoid doubling up if they want to. Anyway, I hope you have fun!

* I have no idea if a week is a good timeframe for something like this, we'll see!

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