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    Help with a WIP portrait?

    I'm going to be selling this at an auction when it's finished, so I'd like all the critique I can get with it I'm not sure if this would go in the critique forum; I couldn't decide between that and the WIP one. So sorry if this is in the wrong place.

    That's the drawing (so far) Of course this isn't the whole thing. My scanner's just not big enough to fit it all.

    And the reference...


    I'm trying to focus on things like shading

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    Focus on the FORM!!! shading is secondary.

    Try to feel the roundness of the forms.
    Try to see as many of the facial planes as possible.

    It is very hard to work from a photo, unless you know facial anatomy, facial planes, have dawn many many portraits from LIFE, and understand basis principals of drawing- which are :

    1 perspective - things that are farther away will get smaller, EVEN ON THE FACE.
    2 aoutmospheric perspective - things that are farther away will get lighter and loose detail.
    3 The shadow and the light will be most powerful only on the core shadow of most important object or detail.

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    kev ferrara is offline Registered User Level 17 Gladiator: Spartacus' Dimachaeri
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    This is coming along very beautifully... keep going!!

    Take some opportunities to simplify areas so the viewer's eye isn't drawn toward inessential stuff. Like the eyebrow should be more smooth, and the teeth shouldn't be so detailed, just enough to know they're there, and they're white.

    At least Icarus tried!


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    looks like a great start!

    keep going at it

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