September 27, 2010

Realistic vs. stylized

I'm back!

I've been working hard at art school. We had an interesting assignment during last week's illustration class that I wanted to share with you. The professor gave us several photos to choose from, including a pirate, an elephant and a queen. I chose this photo of two gypsies, or bellydancers, or something.

We had two hours to draw two versions of our photo: one realistic and one stylized. Two hours sounds like a lot of time to be drawing, but it went by way too fast! I kept looking up at the clock, thinking "oh crap!" and quickly returning to my furious sketching.

Here is my realistic drawing. I spent a little too much time on this one, and to be honest, I think it's kind of boring!
Here is my "stylized" drawing. As you can tell from my pencil portraits, I usually do realistic drawing. I've never really tried to do anything stylized, so I was just making this up as I went along. Inspired by my friend Elizabeth, who draws very rubbery-looking people, decided to emphasize the gypsies' flowing, curvy clothing and give them tiny feet. Although I didn't quite finish the bottom half, this is my favorite of the two drawings. The professor said, "there are some fun things going on here."


  1. Dear Kelley,
    So much fun! Very good assignment! Indeed, illustrators often use that technique to design characters. Thank you for sharing the precious information.
    Kind regards, Sadami

  2. I like them both! There is a lot of skill in the realistic one, but I like the stylized one better. I think stylized drawings are usually about choosing specific features to over-exaggerate, and I think the big, flowy clothes was a great choice! I agree with the prof., the 2 stylized gypsies look fun :)

  3. I see a little Deformity in the stylized version.

  4. Hi.It`s Anna :) I really love your portrait works! I would be your customer someday~

  5. Thanks Anna! I would be happy to draw for you. :)


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