How to draw a realistic ear, a narrated drawing video


I’m going to make a drawing of an ear, my name is Peter and on my channel I present tutorials about art So let’s make a drawing of an ear I start with the outlines and I have a photographic reference, by the way I’m not doing this out of my head, but with an example And I find the form of an ear quite complicated there is this line when I have finished this outline, I will go into the seperate names of what you see here so first I am sketching more or less loosely and now I accentuate certain things at a certain moment you get a little more grip on what you are actually drawing so now the ear is more or less outlined and sometimes you see me sketch lines, and sometimes you see me place these should I say short hatchings? it’s a sort of line, in the middle of a line or a tonal value actually and each ear is different in shape here an indication of the shadow and… this part is called the lobe this part is called the antitragus I’m Dutch, so… I’m not exactly sure how I should pronounce antitragus here the tragus this is called the helix this line here and this is called the antihelix so, it’s good the search them for yourself if you google ‘outer ear anatomy’ you can find those, and it’s good to take a look at such scheme’s with names so you get to know what the construction of the ear is more or less I will continue with my drawing now to be honest, I don’t really know how all these parts are named I just looked it up in a scheme on Google myself but it’s good to know how these lines more or less are formed because you get easily confused with these, especially how this is so… I really have to watch my my reference photograph to get that right so if you studied it, the anatomy, and you know from memory how that goes… you’re better than I am because I don’t really know how that is I’m not really good at anatomy, but… anyway painters like Michelangelo or Leonardo da Vinci were really great at anatomy when you look at those works you really see that they have a grasp of how the human body is formed how the muscles are and when you look at someone like Vermeer, or Rembrandt you see that they are less interested in anatomy Vermeer doesn’t really seem to know much about it, I think he seems to have other interests than anatomic you know… ehm… correctness when you look for example at the hand of the painter at ‘the art of painting’ that’s some sort of strange claw he tended to stylize his paintings in a certain way someone like Michelangelo, I think, would never accept such a claw in his work I cannot imagine, I mean you know, when you have a sense of anatomy that hand must be so and so… but Vermeer’s attitude was different he was more interested in a sort of geometry almost in how he built up his works and Rembrandt is a different case but Everything which you could see in a sort of accuracy in something if you think about an accurate use of perspective, or or an accurate use of anatomy, or an accurate use of lighting you do not find that in Rembrandt’s work, he did nothing accurate and so he didn’t really study anatomy, I think as other painters did but he was one of the greatest in depicting the human figure I mean, when you look at his Adam and Eve etching you really see fat tissue, and the untrained body of Adam Rembrandt was very interested in the appearance of humans, you know, people but the exact anatomy being very exact in that… he probably argued that that stood in the way or something I think so, in that vein being too much invested in learning anatomy it has its downsides, if you want to learn to draw for example a superheroes comic then you have to learn a lot about anatomy because you have to show convincingly the muscled bodies of those superhuman heroes and… so you need it for that but when you look at certain paintings by Vermeer you see a totally different focus… and Rembrandt too so it all depends on what kind of paintings you like to make and what’s important in those but… when I am drawing an ear I try to get it right so I am carefully looking at the source photograph at the same time I try to remember for future situations a little bit about the anatomy of that ear now I want to work on the definition of this here I find it not really defined enough I am using an HB pencil, a mechanical pencil, by the way now I am looking at the tonal values, because this area is lightest on my source photograph, along with this area this is by the way my source photograph, if you want to see and now I am going to work on the lower part and I am going to finish this drawing now, soon going to make the area around the ear a little bit, slightly darker so it’s not really isolated on a white paper and I have to do this to give it a little bit of roundness and there are some hairs maybe I can… add some, for a suggestion of her hair… it was a female model anyway… an ear… it’s a quick sketch… but, you get the idea

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