Okay im a little upset. I dont want to post this, but i figured what the heck. I decided to recreate a master painting or sculpture. Mainly for rendering practice and brush techniques. I was feeling good about the image until i realized i royally Screwed up.
here is the current state:
Some WIP images.
i pencilled the image directly in photoshop from the book next to me, i wanted to use the grid method, but i wasnt about to draw squares on my new book. so i just freehanded the best i could.
The reference photo and other shots
after taking a picture and looking at the current state and reference photo side by side. i realizes my proportions are totally off . I attempted the Liquify tool several times but to no success.
I frequently throw a lasso around parts and move them around, scale them up and down, rotate them until I'm happy. Not to mention, erasing bits and redrawing them. Photoshop means never having to say throw it out and start again...
I was once on the receiving end of a critique so savagely nasty, I marched straight out of class to the office and changed my major (sketchbook).
your David looks flat comparing to michelangelo's David.
Try looking at the negative shapes as well - that should help lots too.
nemomarlin: thats why i posted it here.
Venger: you are right, i do need to do that. i hardly look at negative space. i only focus on the "filled" space
You're a brave man. Recreating a masterpiece is no small task. I keep thinking I'll get around to attempting a Whistler or some Dutch masterpiece one of these years... fuck... I'd like to get around to doing a half decent Calvin & Hobbs.
I think you're biggest problem (no doubt you're already aware of this) is your anatomy is off. Part of that is copying from a photograph. It's very easy for distortion to creep in. Depending on the lens used it might be seeing the subject in a totally different way than your eye would. The angle of view can change a lot of things and usually not for the better.
The other factor... that angle looking up under the chin and nose is usually one of the more difficult poses to pull of successfully. I usually never go that route because I hate that angle because it's hard. lol.
You could always go back and start from scratch... this time work out the anatomy from the simple structure up instead of just going for broke with a photograph. You will most likely end up getting closer to where you want to go. The great thing about that piece is there are lots of photo references... the not so great thing about that piece... is that there tons of photos of it from below it. :p
Good luck bro.