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    hi there...i hope you like my work
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    alright...i see you guys very interested in my stuff..hahaha

    anyways...here is the second post...two colored pencils portraits i've done a year ago...p.s: edited highlights in photoshop..u know some dodge n burn

    angelina jolie and david beckham
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    Both your pics were instantly recognisable without reading your text, so that's a good sign. They look great. Your handling of the coloured pencil is really good.Great start.

    Yeah, you obviously know what books you need to get. Get stuck in!
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    thanks donalfall for passing by...a great and encouraging words for my start
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    yeah good likeness and all, a little more work on form, values and the like would help them not be so flat. good work, just keep drawing and posting and people will comment.
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    To see some more of your art would be the first step to enabling truly constructive criticism - it really depends what direction you want to go with your art to know what to advise. I say this as you really do seem to have a good idea already! Very nice start

    What I can say so far is that despite being very pleasing on the main part the portraits do lack a little character - please realize I'm talking fine points here . With Angelina, for some reason I'm getting a gut feeling her eyes are ever so slightly too wide apart or pointing away from each other... really captured the beautiful element of her though - try not to have quite such a blank expression with your features.
    With David, I feel his face looks slightly 'jumbled' (I'd say not quite enough contrast from the background and work on the lighting) but again you've done a very good job of capturing the determined, responsible part of his character.

    overall work on not just the technical element but also remember to give the impression of true life-like portraits there should be a touch of 'life' in the expression even with a serious pose.

    Hope that helps! All the best and I look forward to more - you certainly have started well on your quest to becoming an 'ARTIST'!
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    here is some anatomy studies after the great Bridgman
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    Hybrid_75 : thanks very much for those "giving hope" words.

    The7Artist7 : good critique...and i fulfilled your quest of more posting.
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    Nice studies

    You have confident 'form' which is a good thing to build on - try attacking and practicing any area you feel at all nervous or not too confident with and lay down less lines to describe shapes (rather than lots of short strokes try longer more flowing line). from these studies I'd say hands, feet and lower leg are the main areas your not so confident with.

    Try and mix your studies with fast crazy expressive work and very deliberate controlled work.

    with studies remember to draw what you see not what you think you see

    with your direction remember you are developing your style not just getting good at copying

    again hope this is helpful - I'll check back soon, will be nice to see some fresh sketches
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    The7Artist7....thanx for criticizing my work again...but i want to ask about something.
    how to draw what you see not what you think you see?, and what's wrong with drawing in a sketchy short lines way?

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    You're welcome!

    Aha! - once you work out the riddle then and only then will you achieve uber greatness! lol ;P ... ahem... the statement may sound completely obvious but when I was learning to draw I realized that one of the main things to overcome is to stop your mind from drawing what it thinks the line/brushstroke etc should be like and focus on truly copying what is there.

    I think the easiest way to describe the process is if you draw from memory you are using imagination and your ability to recall what you observed - on the other hand if you draw from reference you have all the detail and visual info you need right in front of you - BUT! if an artist's observation of the ref material is minimal then they will still be drawing from memory and imagination despite the ref material being fully accessible the whole time. Now I'm not saying you are lazy (your work shows great observation) but I've found the main areas affected are overall form, structure and perspective as even when learnt, many artist's let this slip (me certainly included!)

    to test this theory - try pointing your fingers towards your face and drawing them! Very hard for most of us to get it quickly but surely with skill it should be as easy as drawing a hand parallel to your face? Simply the mind thinks fingers should look a certain way and unless we really focus it reverts to what it 'knows'!

    Anyways lol I'm waffling on and on! Hope that clarifies what I was attempting to say

    (Edit: I recommend the line length thing when learning, as when creating art you should use whatever you want to!) I was recommending the longer lines as it will help force you be more descriptive with line - short lines are good too but can appear when an artist is a little unsure. I think better advice would have been to say try to 'flow' with your strokes (even if it's only short 'flow's lol)

    And remember it's your art so feel free to ignore me

    Keep up the great work
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    nice studys of the anatomy and the portraits are great as well, keep posting!
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    Hey abr7man - been a while, would love to see some more art so long as you're not too busy of course.

    All the best!
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