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February 3rd, 2009, 10:17 PM
Starting one of these things. I thought it was ok, but... yeah
February 3rd, 2009, 10:22 PM
Not bad. Even taking elven features into account, though, i think you need a bit more cranium in back.
February 3rd, 2009, 11:11 PM
Thanks so much for taking the time, Elwell! By more cranium in back, do you mean that it looks flat? The drawing seems to be both slanted and facing front, and I don't know how to correct it. I know adding darker tones creates a sense of depth. Did I put the darker tones in the wrong place?
February 4th, 2009, 12:04 AM
More cranium in back = you need more hair (and skull underneath it) above and behind the ear on the left.
But don't spend too much on fiddling with this one... tomorrow is another day. Hup two three...!
February 4th, 2009, 09:02 AM
get rid off the question mark in your name and add a "daily" on to the end :P
February 5th, 2009, 12:54 AM
Elwell - thanks for explaining that! And just for dropping by again, I appreciate it.
paperX - hahaha! maybe I will..
Today I studied from a photo I took, more perspective, smaller drawing, less time spent.
February 8th, 2009, 09:06 PM
You have a good start off here, Your pretty good with your tonal range, just don't be afraid to push the blacks more if need be.
The first SP is quite good, but as Elwell said, the cranium was a little lacking, Don't be afraid to put general construction lines down, You can always erase them later ;)
The angle on the second piece is one that is quite hard to do, but You pulled it off relativly well, but again, Construction lines would help ;) And try not to work too much from photo's, as they make the image you are using look flat, and you don't really want to become dependant on them. Try doing a few studies from a mirror :)
Keep drawing, your doing well :)
February 8th, 2009, 10:35 PM
Okay. Haven't updated in days, and I'm several SP's behind schedule :(
These ones were rushed, and it shows. Still can't help but laugh at both of them :P
Karein - Thank you for your critiques. I know adding darker tones creates depth. Do you think I put them in the wrong places on the first one, creating that sense of two poses? Because it looks like I was both facing-forward, and off to the right.
I was instructed to place a horizontal or vertical line straight though the figure, and align everything to that line. Is one line enough?
I drew from a photo that time because I wanted to draw a foreshortened self-portrait. I'll stick mostly to the mirror, using photos only when I want to draw a pose that I can't draw from life. I am actually doing all of these as practise for when I go back to school in a week. The first two weeks back will be painting a self-portrait, and we'll be doing it using mirrors.
It is the kind of self-portrait that's supposed to reflect an artist's vision of him/herself, rather than a representational life painting. So I should start thinking about what I'll do with that self-portrait.
February 9th, 2009, 10:53 AM
OMG spam. -___- Good going Max! Watch out for the proportions, make sure they look right before you start rendering. :)
February 16th, 2009, 04:36 AM
Hello again, Keep going with your self portrait's. The more you do, the better you will become :P
To answer your question, The shading is generally good with your first piece, the reason your piece looks like it is being veiwed from two angles, is because of the basic shape of your eyes, and mouth.
The shape you have both eyes, even though you are looking in from an angle, the exact same almond shape. On an angle, the eye that is further back, will look like it has a strait, flat corner, and not have the tip that the almond shape eyes you drew have. Sit in frount of a mirror for a few minutes and just study how your features change as you move your head :)
It's the same with your mouth, You have the front on general shape down, but the right side should actually be shorter in length that the left, as the right side is the side that is disappearing on an angle :) The shading in that work is pretty good, just don't be afraid to push your values if you need too :)
When I first construct a self portrait, I usually set the circle for the skull, the jaw line, eyeline and the vertical mid line :) I like to have everything as acturate as possible, and the best way to do that is prepare yourself before hand. I find everything becomes skewed if you don't pre-plan :) If you want any more input, let me know, I'll be sure to stop by regularly.
I hope what I have said is easy enough for you to understand, and I hope I answered your question :)
February 16th, 2009, 09:37 AM
great to see this thread up man :), practice practice practice :), .....to answer your q, horizontal or vertical line through the figure? i guess if its for studying the nude, from what i learnt - i get instructed to feel for the wholeness of the figure and capture the gesture of the figure with a few lines ( i guess so i dont draw outside of what i put down), how the weight is distributed, i guess why they would want you to place those lines would be so you can measure up the figure so you can relate back to those lines to check whether its in proportion? ...... my crit would be to i think try and observe more and draw less, watch the proportions and really feel the gesture - rhythm and feel of what your head is doing.... well keep it up man
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