One of my continuing themes here has been that often when we look at a drawing (or painting or character design, etc.) we have the reaction of "Wow! What a great drawing!" and then we move off to look at something else without bothering to ask ourselves what makes it great and why it inspired us to react to it so strongly.
So in casting about for a new post to write I thought I would find something on the internet and just analyze it a bit. In this case, a painting by Earl Oliver Hurst.
I started writing and then I just kept going....I could keep going on and on but at some point I just have to stop myself and post all of this stuff....hopefully I wrote it out in a clear way, let me know if it's confusing.
A lot of what makes this simple drawing work like gangbusters is how Hurst exploits CONTRASTS to make it interesting like simple areas vs. complex ones and tilts and twists in the forms, among other stuff - you can see that I started with the contrasts and then got more and more into details and surface forms.
But this is proof that in a very simple-looking piece there can be a lot of good stuff going on. The simpler the drawing (or painting) the more each piece has to add to the effect of the whole. And any line that's in the wrong place or doesn't describe the form can be detrimental to the whole thing working.
One more great shape that wraps around the forms well is the lower lip - as it curves around out of sight it describes the form of the area between the lower teeth and the chin well. Also the curve of the lower lip contrast well with the straight of the upper lip...but I have to stop somewhere so I'll end it there.