Life has been keeping me even more busy than typical. I actually drew this “Alien Face” back in April and haven’t drawn anything since. I have changed jobs though, and I am hoping that means I’ll have a bit more time for myself, including time for art.
Anyway, this was mostly a place with shadows, seeing how they affected perception of raised areas. I chose an alien’s face so that I wouldn’t be focused on getting it “right” and could instead focus on experimenting and seeing how things turned out. Obviously, better symmetry would improve the drawing, but this helped me to realize how even a hint of shadow or light reflection can really affect the sense of depth that a drawing has. Despite how little the helmet-like part has, it fights with the depth of the eyes. Looking at it in one place gives the sense that the eyes are recessed behind the helmet; in another place the eyes are more bug-ish, making them appear to stick out quite a bit.
I still have a lot to learn, but I had fun with this drawing and feel that it did help me with my understanding of light in drawings.