Harry Styl-izing

Sketch of Harry Styles, by Mike Scott, mikescottdraws.com

How many styles can come from one sketch?

A photo of Harry Styles caught my eye one day, and did a quick sketch of it. It wasn’t a typical shot of the singer  — I’ve always thought his eyes as slight, even squinty. But in the photo, his eyes seemed huge. I didn’t mimic the pose in the photo, just the emphasis on Harry’s eyes. I assumed I would just do my usual ink line drawings from the sketch to add to the caricatures here on this site.

The sketch sat on the side of my drawing table, ignored. Some sketches get inked right away, but others might not get finished for months. I just wait until the mood hits. So, for whatever reason, Harry sat there unattended.

When I did pick Harry back up, I scanned the pencil sketch into Photoshop so I could experiment with some new pencil-like brushes. And that turned into a little game of how many different ways could I draw this one sketch.

Here’s the results, good and bad, so far. It’s a great example of how an illustrator can work within his own style to change things up.

Hard Styles, style 1, editorial illustration by Mike Scott, mikescottdraws.com
Loose digital pencil interpretation of Harry Styles pencil sketch. Experimenting with a pencil brush in Photoshop.
Hard Styles, style 5, editorial illustration by Mike Scott, mikescottdraws.com
By placing a color filter on the grey digital pencil, the entire fell of the drawing changes.
Hard Styles, style 1, editorial illustration by Mike Scott, mikescottdraws.com
Digital line work of Harry Styles, duplicated and filtered, I placed it over some paper-like textures.
Hard Styles, style 4, editorial illustration by Mike Scott, mikescottdraws.com
Simple, straight digital ink brush line drawing of Harry Styles.
Hard Styles, style 3, editorial illustration by Mike Scott, mikescottdraws.com
Simple line drawing of Styles, with flat color and duotone texture underneath. The weird cross-hatchy background is a cross hatch brush in Photoshop.

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