Following my note about Pete Postlethwaite, I decided to use him as a reference for today’s sketchbook entry. He has very distinct facial features with proportions unlike the characters I generally draw. His eyes sit higher than the midline I usually choose, giving him a longer face, and his cheeks are incredibly defined, a feature I rarely include in male characters.
I also focused on his eyes a bit more since they had a bit more “droop” as well as larger eyebrows. Overall, it was a nice little case study and is a page I will likely reference in the future if I have any characters with similar features.
In an effort to get a bit more “grit” in my work, I switched to my Paper Mate SharpWriter for this entry. This simple change seemed to help a bit, and I did my best to focus on over-exaggerating facial features and structure. Because of this, one of the figures reminded me of the late Pete Postlethwaite (hence the note at the top).
Along with focusing on the exaggerated features, I also attempted to illustrate different shaped eyes. My drawings usually have very round eyes that curve on the top side. For some of these sketches, I tried to make the eye droop down. Along with scaling down, I think this drooping also helped the eyes too look a bit more mature and not so cute.