As an illustrator, I want to see a variety of people in illustrations, and see people push their drawings further to be… not just diverse and inclusive (which is hugely important) but… interesting.
So thinking and wondering about all this, I’ve set myself a challenge: Draw 20 female faces that don’t fit this identikit model but are still striking or beautiful. Arresting enough that if I saw them in the street, I’d turn around and think, WHOA! Faces that aren’t standard Hollywood ingenue or female superhero, but I can’t stop looking. Sometimes they’ll be from non-white ethnicities, sometimes they’ll be the white teenager or 20-something women that illustrators I know seem to prefer drawing, but with a difference. A heavier chin, a big nose, a monobrow, at least one variation that we get in real life.
Three tips if you’re not sure where to start:
1. Draw from life.
2. Study old master drawings and adapt portraits to suit your own modern taste.
3. Just experiment a bit.
Check the Twitter hash tag – #NonIdentikit – for updates, and feel free to use the hash tag to contribute your own! Y
Here are a few snapshots of experimental #NonIdentikit sketches I’ve already posted on Twitter, and a few other people have already jumped in to try their own.