how does one draw beards, besides selling their soul to Satan?
no soul-selling! it’s pretty simple
well, what i’m gonna show you is pretty simple
so let’s take these baby-faces:
having the jawline/chin/etc down pretty accurate is important! because the beard grows from there!
dudes all have a specific growth pattern on their face. when doing a 5 o’clock shadow, you can pretty much just follow that and fill it in with a gray/their hair color at a low opacity
with the growth pattern and jawlines and mind, it’s pretty easy to make a readable beard by doing little lines that follow those patterns! i never do a straight line to draw beards. it’s an option, but it’s tough to make look natural lol–i don’t even do that for comics! but once the hairs are curved along the jawline, i think getting rid of the visible jawline helps show thickness/structure to the beard itself
as beards get longer, you can lengthen the lines and make them have more minds of their own, as they begin to stop conforming with the face!
so that’s about it. if you want beards with a little more texture, remember that beards grow in layers. they grow just like hair! but…on..on the face.
05/15/17 - This photo is not me standing in front of some mystical painting. This is real life. And me on top of a 200m high, active volcano on Vestmannaeyjar, the islands off the south coast of Iceland. This volcano is Eldfell, and last erupted in 1973, wiping out 2/3 of the houses on the island, and creating magnificent lava flows in the process. We got up early to drive the two hours from Reykjavik to Landeyjahöfn, where we caught the ferry to Vestmannaeyjar. The ferry itself was quite an experience. It is the first time that I ever drove a car onto a ferry, and it was a bumpy ride, but with breathtaking views along the way. When we got to the island, about 45 mins later, we drove around and explored the relatively fresh lava fields. The Westman Islands honestly look like something out of a fantasy novel, like Lord of the Rings, otherworldly. Then, we got to Eldfell. Steph couldn’t climb it, starting week 25 of pregnancy, but I felt compelled to tackle it. The hike was quite difficult. The vertical climb is steep, and the terrain is all covered with loose sediment. I effectively had to go pigeon-toed and just tread the dried lava, until I reached the top. I traversed it in about 26 mins, which wasn’t bad, considering my quads were on fire. But as you can see, the view was more than worth it. Climbing an active volcano is definitely one of the coolest things that I have ever accomplished. Afterward, we drove to the south tip of the island and did some bird and lamb(!) watching. The winds were crazy, being the third windiest place on earth. We also met up with some sassy horses, and took some photos. Having not seen any wild puffins, we went to the island’s aquarium/museum, which was awesome. They have a puffin they care for, and he was full of personality, wanting to be my best friend. I fell in love. He followed me around and danced circles around my feet. We explored the island some more, before catching the ferry back to the mainland, where it was only a short drive to glorious waterfalls (including Gljúfrabúi, a mystical, hidden waterfall). Just another awesome day, which was capped off with amazing ice cream shakes in Selfoss. I love this country.
Hey, are you guys tired of me yet? Too bad!
I needed to get the musical hype out of my system so I drew EVERYONE.
(Well, not everyone, I’m missing some of the turrets, but it’s the thought that counts.)