Faces are always one step for me, apart from beards/fangs, etc. I don’t think I would do a good job unless I can see the whole thing take shape.
Remember female faces are smoother and less angular than males, so the brow must be shallower, nose and mouth smaller, face smaller in relation to the cranium, neck thinner, jaw less pronounced and so forth. Less is more, basically.
Try starting with a simple oval shape and add as few marks to it as possible. Keep things simple, and always examine it from multiple angles.
I see what you mean. . . large forehead, almond eyes, small nose and chin. . . the basics are there, but exaggerated. You should just exaggerate less. Also remember that warrior women aren't always going to look like starving virginal elven maidens. Making your faces have "character" is more important than making your faces look like runway models.
Also remember that warrior women aren't always going to look like starving virginal elven maidens. Making your faces have "character" is more important than making your faces look like runway models.
Ehm, uhr... ehm... how to tell you... that I'm actually trying to sculpt.... she-elves!!!
Ok, I admit in a Dwarf forum... I'm sculpting elves!!! :o
Hashut shall punish me but I'm so crazy to start sculpting females with elves! But that was I wanted to sculpt! :(
Tonight I tried to follow your suggestions and results seems to be a little better than before.
Less aliens more ugly brides like Grimestonefire's (I mean, not your bride but your sculptures ;) ). So it's an impruvment.
Tomorrow, when gs will be hardened I see if it is possible to use at least one and add hair. This should hide defects and enhance best (?) parts...... :cheers
It's really difficult to take pictures of so tiny details but maybe you'll see something soon.
You could always cheat and buy female heads, eg Hasslefree sells packs of 5 I think. No hair, just heads. 25mm though so kinda small perhaps. But then again women are smaller in stature, especially considering movie-Rambo-sized 28mm males.
It’s hard to give any further advice to that already given without pictures, but one thing to keep in mind is that women generally have rounder (and smaller) faces than men. Do you have a male elf sculpt or mini nearby to compare with? Perhaps this picture might give you some aid: Bare Elf Female Head
I guess you should dare to elongate the face more to avoid an alien look, but let’s await pictures and see the progress.
Admiral, thank you! The link you posted it's really helpful! If somebody has more..... ;P
Thank you everbody for tips and suggestions. My she-elves are not yet top models but start to look decent. A little bit more efforts and some of them can be pretty enough to ask them a date :D
Snowblizz: thank you but I'm not going to cheat. Otherwise, where is the fun? ;)
But thank you, hasseflee hairless girls helped me. As one of the biggest problems when sculpting female heads is that they have no hair and it's really difficult to judge your work without them
Keeping hasslefree heads as a reference is really a good idea!
Generally females have facial structures which are more like a child’s than males. Male’s forehead usually slope somewhat back, whereas female’s don’t. Males have a higher hairline. Their eyebrows tend to be less arched. The ridge on top of the eyes is more pronounced in males. Cheekbones tend to be broader in males. Their chin is more likely to be square than rounded. Females usually have rounder cheeks, rarely hollow. Females have often smaller noses than males. As there is a wide variation within male and female faces it is not a single characteristic which influences whether we see a face as male or female, but the sum of them.