How Do I Draw People?

Did you think this was an instructional post about drawing people?  Sorry, no.  I am asking myself this question.

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Every time I work on character development, I get intimidated and eventually distract myself with a different project.  These pages in my journal are another attempt to practice drawing faces.  While drawing these, I was thinking about my characters being sculpted in the same way that I created the Snail Mail series.  So the end vision is a doll or a puppet.

The first face shown in the page above, was not created using any references to the real human figure.  To put it bluntly, I don’t like it.  She has a Cruella Deville look but not in a good way.

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This next page shown above is a little bit better.  I was watching a youtube clip with Ellen Degeneres so I was using her face as a reference.  I think I need to continue to use real references.  What I don’t like about this drawing is that it is too realistic and not abstracted enough for my tastes.

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In this final drawing, there is what I consider some improvement with style.  I like my characters to be querky and a little off while still maintaining the essence of the character.  Obviously, these are just loose, quick drawings in my sketchbook, and I have a long way to go, but every little bit of practice helps.

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