So my first portrait is of the protagonist, Henry, from my simlit, Friends of Foes. There’s a crease in my picture, which is a bit unfortunate. Will be more careful with my next sketch.
I decided to draw him fairly close to the original sim, but also make him a little more realistic looking at the same time. Having said that, I like to go for a more expressionistic (but only very slightly) style with my sketches to better express the personality of the characters, hence I have a habit of spending ages on the eyes and forgetting about the body. XD
In this case, Henry is a troubled sim, which is why I have him staring into the distance (how deep!). I think the eyebrows help create the troubled, but thoughtful look too. They slightly stoop in the middle. It always amazes me how subtleties of expression completely change a person’s look. If I had the eyebrows completely straight, he’d probably look quite serious. If I had, however, the eyebrows on a curve like a humpbacked bridge, he’d look rather surprised instead.
Something I always struggle with is symmetry, which is another reason why I started this project, because sims are very symmetrical. Henry’s head is on a slight angle, which means the rest of his face would be on an angle too. How you ensure that the facial features are perfectly aligned is by drawing parallel lines where the features of the face should be. Sometimes, though, I have a tendency to not want to make things perfectly aligned, but almost aligned, because it makes the picture slightly disconcerting and you don’t quite know why. I didn’t intend to do that with this picture.
Anyway, overall, I think he turned out okay. Not perfect, but if it was up to me, I’d be tweaking him forever. XD
Next week I’ll attempt the secondary character from Friends of Foes, Adrian.
I am also looking to sketch characters from other simlits and legacies, so if you have a character you would like me to sketch and feature on this blog, please either message me on the sims forums or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.