Ok, the fact is that I draw arabs, or at least what I think reminds me of arabs, very often. Especially Medieval Arabian clothes and scimitars etc is really inspiering to me. Not to mention turbans! Ahem! So now I thought it was time I made a separate sketchbook for those arabs.
Don't expect top quality yet, it's often just sketches and speedpaints, and I have yet to learn so much in art. :|
Headcloth is tied too tight. Painted this one as a practice with shadow and light, and the colours in them.
Aha one more Cute Arab
but u can work more on this..like his nose and lips r looking nice..but his eye looks too harsh..because of contrast..and chk out the Ear shape construction too.
btw r u doing studies for Arab's facial features as well?
It is an arab. Again.
Painted quite carelessely, and now it looks like he isn't standning very balanced. You could call this an overworked speedpaint. Or a speedy painting.
I used a picture of an African man as reference for the anatomy, though there still are flaws. I have much to learn.
Thank you, jtheanswer. I admit I mostly draw men. I find them the most fun to draw, and I guess I'm in "that age". Either way, I really should draw more women. I know each time I do that I am far behind in that field...
Thank you sabe2003. Actually, I was thinking of working more with the 'leaning' arab, after some scolding from Shyamshriram, but I am falling on the lazy side again. We will see what happens.
By the way the last one is drawn with blue pen.
As an arab, I appreciate your exploration of the dress. However, keep in mind that arabs don't always wear turbans
I myself am trying to get more into my roots, as I aspire to create some sort of fanstasy story based on Arabic/Islamic culture, mythology, and art. If you like arabs a lot, you should definitely check out the calligraphy and architecture produced. A simple Google search, and you'll find a wealth of beautiful imagery. hopefully that'll inspire you.
Try drawing women, too! You said you're not as good at drawing them, right? All the more reason to try drawing them! Plus, Arab women are just as interesting (and attractive) as the men! Exploring the traditional dress of the women would also challenge you to draw folds and robes, which women used to cover themselves. Veils should be fun too.
If you REALLY wanted to have something to gnaw Arabic wise, try finding the Sir Richard Burton's translation of the Arabian Nights. They're incredibly dense, but they should provide some interesting things to illustrate, if you're up to the challenge!
hope that helps
the fool thinks himself the wiseman, but the wiseman knows himself the fool. ~Shakespeare
Theshunzun: Thank you so much! This is really valuable feedback for me! I will indeed take what you said into concideration, and I will lean on google for further help.
As for the turbans... I do know arabs don't always wear them, but the turbans are the thing that is most fun to draw! lol I am hopeless. Don't expect to see many of them here without...