As some of you know, I am a self-taught artist. This means that I didn't take any schooling to learn how to, well, draw stuff. Thusly (that's not a word, is it?), I have to school myself. This will be my rambling post trying to dissect how to make the same portrait more masculine or feminine... because I accidentally made a girl look like a man in a wedding dress.
Maybe some of you other struggling artists are wondering the same thing; how did I make this same figure look like a man when I am referencing a woman? Well, I'm not sure if this completely helps, but I'll narrate the changes I made to the guy to make it look like a girl:
- Making the lips shorter (not as far past the nose)
- Added a curve in the smile, making the center less of a thin line
- Created larger upper lip - more puckering, if you will.
- Changed the shadow between the skin on top of the lips, to show there's a curve for the more voluptuous lip.
- Shortened jaw line at ear connection, while also adding a curve.
- Decreased harsh shadow from hair on the jaw, so it looked more curvy than harsh and flat.
- Rounded the eye lids.
- Rounder, shorter chin.
- Softened the brow line by bringing the forehead farther out past the eyebrows and not so slanted back at a harsher angle.
So, basically, it's safe to assume that the more rounded the features, the more feminine they are. Vice versa, the harsher and flatter the angles of the face, the more masculine. This may seem obvious to you wise artists, but I was baffled by how I sketched a man when intending to make it a woman. Now, hopefully, I understand how to control my outcome better... or I just talked about it for fun and will continue to struggle with making what I envision come to life. As always.