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Sketching Zel and How to Draw Glasses

I watched artist and teacher Mike Creighton draw Zel K. on Sktchy’s free Saturday morning YouTube stream last week and decided to draw him myself…

Zel K from Sktchy, graphite on paper, 11×8.5″

I watched artist and teacher Mike Creighton draw Zel K. during Sktchy’s free Saturday morning YouTube stream last week and decided to draw him myself. You can see the photo reference of Zel on Sktchy here.

Mike taught a great way to draw glasses at about 22 minutes in on the video.

Screenshot from Sktchy video linked above.

First draw the rectangle into which they fit, getting the perspective and angles right, then just round off or embellish to match the shape of the glasses. What a game changer!

6 replies on “Sketching Zel and How to Draw Glasses”

Hi Jana, Your drawing is more accurate than the other artisti’s drawing, especially the glasses and the nose, the length of the neck, and really nice ear!
God bless a Blessed New Uear to you and yours!
C-Marie

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Hey Jana! Love the tip. Seeing any complex object as simple shapes is wonderful to get hold of starting point then get more detailed after that. Perspective and proportions first. Steve Huston describes this really well in his book Figure Drawing for Artists.

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Thanks Chris. I have Huston’s book and tried using it to learn to draw heads, took his online class too, but I guess he just wasn’t the right teacher for me. I found his words and writing just didn’t connect well with my brain. I can’t really explain it but it seemed like there was always something missing in the “recipe” that would leave me stuck, if you know what I mean.

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