I love you pencil sketch, you know how to use a pencil, volume and matters are very good.
For your color work, don't use black it's makes all colors dirty, it's really better in your last oil painting.
First of all - thank you for stopping by at my SB. Ever piece of advice you gave is highly appreciated!
Second of all - your digital work is coming along, but there still is some room for improvement. Have you tried using different layer styles (like overlay, color dodge/burn, multiply etc...)? Those might help you rounding up the piece and making it look more..well...rounded up. Color studies are the way to go, especially those from life.
Third of all - your pencil rendering is uber-sweet! I`ve been trying to achieve that smooth tonal look for 2 years now, and still with no luck. Do you use normal pencils or mechanical ones, do you use blenders and how do you determine the direction of shading?
Thank you for the advice about the coloring, i definitely gonna use it.
about the pencils: i use a 0.5 mech. pencil, i usually use a piece of tissue paper for blending, i determine the direction of the shading based on two things
a. the shape of the object
b. the light and shadow that fall on the object.
i'm working on a little tutorial for my friend on how i draw/shade with my mech. pencil, so i"ll explain it all there in details.
redrobot Thank you, i'm trying my best to improve my digi. stuff hope i"ll get better soon.
Here is the an oil painting that i've been working on these day- that's a portrait of Magdalena Neuner. (again crappy photo)