I haven’t drawn anything in months so I attempted this facial study (inspired by fornax’s lovely guide) to help build my confidence and to finally get a decent grasp of Sonny’s expressions, features, and proportions. Of course I would hate to convey an inflated impression of my artistic abilities, therefore it should be noted that, obviously, these sketches were all copied directly from photos.
I also wanted to share the knowledge gained through this exercise with you guys. So here are some things to note when drawing Sonny Moore:
NOSE — This is definitely the most important part and also the easiest place to go wrong. I found it best to visualize the tip of his nose as composed of a large circle framed by two smaller circles approx half the size of the original. This works at practically every angle and is especially apparent when looking at the profile view. Yes, there are some differences in his nose pre- and post-deviated-septum, but those differences are subtle and pretty hard to quantify given the quality of the photos available.
EYES — Pay attention to the placement of his features relative to the top and bottom of his head. The eyes seem to be located just above the centerline, as his forehead is slightly smaller than average.
MOUTH — His lips are very thin with a pronounced bow shape at the seam. Another distinct characteristic is the area between his nose and upper lip which curves slightly outward rather than inward.
HAIR — I have seen way too many people get the Skrillex haircut wrong so I specifically included the second sketch down on the far left to remedy this once and for all. As you can see, approx 1/3 of his head is shaved on the left side. There is no hair behind his ear. I really can’t emphasize this enough.
FACE SHAPE — No sharp edges. His chin is very blunt and wide. In fact, it’s about as wide as his mouth (see frontal views). Also notice how he’s gained a bit more roundness and weight in his face with age (see profile views).
I’m far from an expert at rendering faces, but I hope this reference sheet and my observations are at least a little helpful. And I definitely suggest trying something like this on your own to get the most benefit.
Baru’s recent tutorial inspired me to practice my painting and drawing-from-real-life skills. I’m a slacker as an artist so I have very little experience in either of those areas. And yet, by some miracle, this came out so much better than I ever expected. I’m really quite proud of it.
Oh and I certainly welcome any constructive crit. This was just my first attempt at something like this and there is always room for improvement.
Skrillex has never seen a human before. He finds that, with only two arms, they are laughably easy to overpower. But his favorite discovery is that they make the most delightful noises when you push the right combination of buttons. He wants to hear more of those noises.