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."