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Sketching from “The Twelve”

The Belgian TV Series “The Twelve” is an interesting courtroom drama. The show is moody and dark and the actors are all interesting to look at. I took photos of the TV and then sketched from them. Below are the four actors I sketched with the reference photos…

Actor portrait sketch #2 from "The Twelve" Belgian TV Series
Actor portrait sketch #2 from “The Twelve” Belgian TV Series

The Belgian TV Series “The Twelve” is an interesting courtroom drama. The plot unfolds as told by the accused, the victim’s family and each of the twelve jurors. The show is moody and dark and the actors were all interesting to look at. I took photos from the TV since Netflix doesn’t allow screenshots and then sketched from them. 

Below are the reference photos and the sketches. These are all around 11 x 14″. My goal was to capture the correct angle and structure of the head and hopefully a likeness. Once I got to “good enough” I moved on to the next. I wasn’t trying to do finished drawings.

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Actor portrait sketch #2 from "The Twelve" Belgian TV Series
Actor portrait sketch #3 from “The Twelve” Belgian TV Series
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Actor portrait sketch #4 from "The Twelve" Belgian TV Series
Actor portrait sketch #2 from “The Twelve” Belgian TV Series
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Actor portrait sketch #1 from “The Twelve” Belgian TV Series
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Actor portrait sketch #4 from "The Twelve" Belgian TV Series
Actor portrait sketch #4 from “The Twelve” Belgian TV Series

The photo above captured the closed captioning from the show (“Were you drinking?”).

7 replies on “Sketching from “The Twelve””

Think that number 4 is especially very well done!! Thank you, Jana, as I love seeing your work!! Definitely gives encouragement over here …. God bless, you and yours, C-Marie

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I like the line work on the first drawing. I always have trouble using lines to describe values especially on a woman’s face but I think you did it really well. The images look a bit distorted though. Be careful there, don’t want to create bad habits of distorted heads. Although it could be an awesome statement of the person’s psychology!

Lately every time I do something “wrong” in a drawing I begin to think how that texture, mark, value, mess-up, etc.. can be used in another work to describe something. This works perfectly with the distorted photos. Hmm… I may use that! Anyway, the best thing about this is that anything you do “wrong” is a new way of doing something “right”. Everything can be used to grow. Win or learn!

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Thanks Chris. Do you mean the photos look distorted or the drawings or both? I think the photos likely are distorted because I took the photos off the tv from a slight angle I wasn’t directly in front of the tv but was sitting in my recliner too lazy to get up. My rationale at the time was that in figure drawing you can be anywhere in the room. But that doesn’t work with a 2-D image in TV!

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