Funny...you don't look Zorbatikish...
(Due December 15, 2007)
I thought we'd do something fun this time...and definitely a little strange...
Nobody would be surprised if I pointed to the Mona Lisa, Seedling and a picture of somebody's kid sister and said, "Those are all human females." It's a given. They don't look alike, but there are certain things that make them recognizable as all from the same species, but DIFFERENT individuals. We'd never mistake one for the other.
There are times when i wonder if we really recognize how easy (and bad) it is to CREATE a female face (or a male face) that looks just like the last ten we did. Most of us catch ourselves doing it at some point, and correct in some fashion--different hair style, slight changes in the nose, eyes, chin, lips, that kind of thing.
But then we do something just a bit stupid, especially on a forum full of people who specialize in creating "non-human" creatures for the games and entertainment industries--we create a bunch of "aliens" that all look exactly alike for some of our illustrations. That's not right...these weird guys are just as different among themselves as we are. They know they're all Zorbatik, for example, but this one is Fred, that one is Stymie, and that one over there is dirty old Uncle George. They all look just a bit different...just like humans in a group.
For your assignment, we're all going to draw some faces. To keep it simple, they can all be full face, looking right at us. You can use any media you want, black & white or color, but do them ALL the with the same media, and about the same size, maybe lined up like a chart, or in clusters...whatever you feel comfortable with.
We will need the following:
TEN (10) FEMALE faces that are human, but all different enough to be recognized as individuals WITHOUT going to extremes (like having three eyes or something dumb like that). We want REAL GURLZ!
TEN (10) MALE faces that are human, as above.
TEN (10) ALIEN/"MONSTER" faces that are all in the same species, BUT obviously subtly different enough for the average viewer to recognize as individuals.
That's a total of 30 faces. They don't have to be major masterpieces, and preferably not be three feet high each, but they should be big enough and just detailed enough for us to recognize the differences--I'm thinking somewhere between 2" and 4" high max.
This should be fairly easy to do, but it might surprise you when you get up around face Number 7 or 8, so walk around a bit and check out your neighbors, some magazines, and that green thing living on your roof.