|3/2/23 Colored pencil in Uglybook
France van Stone recently sent a free video demo to
her email list subscribers. The demo featured France drawing “Keith,” her skull
friend (named after the Stones’ Richards and his skull ring). The 75-minute
recording included a still image of Keith so that participants could draw along
with France, but of course, I wanted to draw a skull from life.
I’ve long wanted an anatomically correct human skull to practice drawing, and France’s demo finally gave me to push to get one (easy enough to find in various sizes and styles on Amazon; mine was $13). Meet Skully (inspired by the X-Files character, of course). Her jaw is attached with a spring, which doesn’t allow her to open her mouth in a natural way, but it probably doesn’t keep her from talking if she has something to say. We’ll see.
France had mentioned how drawing Keith has helped her draw portraits, and I can already see how Skully could do the same for me. When I draw and shade the planes of her revealed head bones, it’s suddenly much easier to understand the planes of any face covered with muscle and skin!
|Skully makes no bones about it... she can help me
draw portraits better!