From my Stats Page, I’m told that on average one person a day has viewed my blog titled Using Images to Capture a Character since it was posted February 21, 2011. When it comes to blog post popularity, this one is fourth out of 68.
Why has this particular blog generated so much interest? Is it because it’s the best I’ve written? Nope. Is it because it discusses a unique topic? Nope.
The reason this blog is so popular is because of Gerard Butler’s eyes. Go figure. I never imagined this man’s eyes would harvest so much traffic for me, but somewhere out there today and again tomorrow, someone will google Butler’s eyes and come to my page to check ‘em out.
The wonderful thing about WordPress Stats is they provide the key words people use to find your blog. To find this particular post, folks have used:
gerard butler eyes
eyes gerard butler
drawing gerard butler eyes
drawing gerard butler
gerry butler eyes
In fact, there are 16 different Butler search phrases that have brought surfers to my website. Most involve his eyes.
Knowing the number of people looking for Gerry’s eyes has inspired my sketching this week. Below is a close up for anyone who comes looking. It’s nothing spectacular – the sketch not the eyes – because I’ve only been drawing faces off and on for about two years, but it does provide an in-depth look into this fellow’s Scottish-Irish soul (deep, dark, complex, stormy, a glint of innocence).
The eye colour was tricky because the picture — which can be viewed on the blog noted above — used as a reference was black and white except for the eyes. I wasn’t sure if the deep blue was true to colour or digitally enhanced, so I went searching on the net for – you guessed it – Gerard’s eyes. It turns out his eyes are green and grey with a tint of blue.
Mmm, sounds an awful lot like the colour of my dad’s eyes (who coincidentally has Scottish in his blood). We called them cat eyes because they often changed colour depending on his mood, the lighting, the colour of clothing he wore, the time of day and the season. You can see how this might get confusing, and perhaps this is why so many people google Gerry’s eyes.
What does this all have to do with character development? Nothing…unless your character has cat eyes.
Unlike the rest of the world though, I see these eyes as Tam Mulryan’s, a character in my fantasy novel Shadows in the Stone. And for Tam, those steel blue eyes in the black and white photograph are almost perfect; his are deep blue like the calm waters of the ocean beneath a cloudless blue sky on a autumn day, like the vibrant dark blue in the blue jays’ feathers and a perfectly ripe wild blueberry unpicked from the field. Or to be more precise, a Copenhagen Blue Prismacolor pencil.
For the artists who’ll visit: The sketch took about five hours. I used 2B and 6B Graphite pencils, Tortillons blending stick and Prismacolor pencils (on the eyes only: black, white, lime peel, cloud blue, Copenhagen blue, blending stick). It was created on Loew Cornell 60lb paper.