Well the good news is you're capturing some likeness. The Bad news is I look at too much Porn... Happy New Year!!
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I'm happy you're kicking colors again!!! Happy new year!
I'm glad SM could point out so clearly the problem with values, I was aware of it but unable to figure how to discover the cause.
There's already some improvement showing as you now erase when needed.
Keep it up!!!
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Wow, the change in just the last charcoals is great! Keep working on it. And I really love the blues you used in the colour study.
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Nice progress with the value study. I'd like to see more value in the eyes, there can be so much detail to experiment with there. Also, I'd say her neck is a little too stretched.
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Thanks everyone for the support. Woodbert, thanks for the lesson plans! I'll talk more once I get a chance to read them. So this last week, my family and I went to visit friends in another town. So I didn't get to do nearly the painting I wanted. Ah well. It was a good trip.
Just tonight, I went back to doing a few studies. I went back into an old charcoal sketch that didn't look good, using the erasor. I'll post it as soon as I can get decent lighting. With these sharpie studies, I figure I can get away with using my flash at night. But with the charcoal pics it ruins the values.
Anyway, here are the studies. I'd like to do more work, but school's starting again, and I have lots still to grade...
The first portraits from a photo by...Natasha Schon. The second, I'm not sure of.
The first nude I don't know either, but the second's by Frank Picollo
Last edited by TASmith; January 12th, 2009 at 09:54 AM.
You are improving man. This stuff is hard, and takes time. A short crit on the piece above, your darkest dark is the area running behind the neck from below the ear. That deep dark, and resulting contrast is like a magnet for the eye. I think you know the theory already, I'm just pointing it out here.
On the structural side, it can be really, really hard to keep a figure from being crosseyed, as I'd say that she is a bit here. Someone else will probably have a system with guidelines or something. For me it's always just been time. Her mouth and nose aren't perfect but for what it's worth I would say you're making progress. She has a little more sense of life than some others. Good highlight on her right cheek (our left). Just a thought but toneing the negative space behind her might get that to pop a little more. That's a style choice though.
I'm getting some work done tonight and using a small device that might (or might not) be of use to you. Since back in classical times, I think, art students would put their portraits up to a mirror. It's amazing how much 'skew'can become apparent when you do this.
A shortcut to get a similiar effect is to draw on tracing paper. This allows you to get the mirror image by by flipping over the paper. Also, you can draw a mark on one side that, when working on the other side, won't erase. It's a good way to help yourself keep facial proportions in check. You probably already knew about this but if you haven't actually tried it maybe it'd be worth a try.
Just a thought.