I want to draw the ugliest face ever! But how?
Team digit, Germany
Answer Tony replies
Before we start, I’d like to point out that the entire concept of ugliness is a very subjective thing. I recently read an article on the “ugliest celebrities” and I was practically throwing my fruit snacks at the laptop screen (Gary Oldman? Really?). If there are people who think those actors are ugly, then there’s no sense in stressing out over any objective idea of unattractiveness! That said, I love a lot of the old EC Comics horror issues. When I try and picture ugliness they are the first thing that comes to mind, so I’ll be using that as my inspiration here
Trying to get to the root of what “ugliness” is can be an interesting mental exercise in itself. It’s much like trying to figure out what it means to be “pretty” or “handsome”.
For one thing, many aspects of what modern Western culture regards as ugly are natural aspects of the aging process. Exaggerating wrinkles, cataracts, hair loss, liver spots, lost teeth and almost anything indicative of decay is also something we as a culture associate with ugliness.
Think of everything photo retouchers use Photoshop to hide in fashion and beauty magazines, then simply do the opposite.