More faces. Started up as a warm up session and I went with it.
The above face I took a clean approach and left some of the pencil shading in. I really like the result, however this would be a bit more difficult to color. I think I might work on trying to get the ink and Lo-Fi effect on separate layers. A task for another day!
Old Merlin here is just a really good exercise for using S-Curves as you can see I didn’t do a very good job with parts of his beard but over all he turned out ok. You can see as much in this example but a good rule for beards, eyebrows and hair is to make sure the hair has a good point of origin, flowing away from it or in a general direction.
One more quick point I would like to bring up as I grind my way through some of this daily practice is that you need to listen to your body when drawing in detail. I tend to get stuck in panic mode sometimes when I am inking. Because this is it… if you screw this up well then have fun starting over.
I think that is a big reason why I draw really nice smooth lines for the most part in pencil and things get a bit tricky when moving over to pen. It sounds stupid but I have found it to be a real thing! I have a particularly hard time drawing smooth ellipses, such as heads and eyeballs. (see above his head looks a bit lumpy) These circles can be broken down into parts. The trick is making them look contiguous. With pencil this is much easier, obviously if you make a mistake Mr eraser will save you, however in pen this can be a one chance only thing.
This is also a practice makes perfect moment. Knowing your body, for example maybe you need to turn your paper to make that line a little more controlled, or you just cant seem to follow your pencil lines unless you make short deliberate strokes. Well do what you need to and listen to these cues.