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    Algenpfleger: They sure are, thanks a lot bud! I'm actually surprised myself of the improvement and I think the biggest reason is that I am spending more time on each piece.

    Hey Demo I never in million years would've even thought of that! Thanks so much for pointing it out for me. I definitely need to think of the different planes! Cheers mate.
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    darker

    Okay here's todays one. This took me over 2 hours but wasn't putting enough concentration to it though. Again, much learned. Remembered to check the drawing in the mirror twice which made me notice the other eye was too big... and still is. I tried making it smaller and smaller but it's still a bit too big. I also noticed that I tend to get the eyes too high, so need to work on that. It was a fun crosshatching this but I still couldn't get it dark enough.... I'm scared to make it darker for no reason. Okay enough babbling.
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    Yousa, have u ever read a bit of Loomis book about drawing the head and hands?

    I know the whole selfportrait thing seems like a lota fun but if u havent yet, study loomis book on the human head construction, at least in parallel to this.

    I hope ull trust me and do it.

    Im currently studying this book and im in total love with it, Andrew Loomis was, i believe, a great man.



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    S.M: Cheers mate, I actually just printed one of his books yesterday and it's waiting on my desk to dig in.(hate reading from my computer)

    I assume it'll help
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    Yeah not long after posting i saw ur last post in demo's sketchbook, so nevermind my question.

    I printed all the part related to the male head construction too and it really helped me start studying it (when it comes to read i find it way more comfortable to do it with actual pages).

    So yeah im sure it'll help u alot with ur selfportrait mission.

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    You're really making some progress. It's so cool to see that, even within one page. Keep up the good work. Watch the proportions...try picturing lines running down your face to align the features...it'll help things not get out of hand. You have a tendency to exaggerate the size of your eyes it seems...
    Great stuff so far, keep going.
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    S.M.: Yayo! Working on it

    Sketccheth: Thanks for the encouragement. Yeah I definitely need to put more attention to the proportions, you're right. And thanks for the heads up on the eye size. Now that you said it and looking back at my drawings I also see it. Thanks a lot, will put it to my list to watch out for
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    Haha, I printed out those Loomis books too Really helps.
    Last one is gooood, rendering is getting a lot better, the whole thing has more structure because your hatching follows the form! Yay!

    But doooo wait with rendering until you're sure about the lines. Eth said it all already Keep it up!
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    Damned it took a lot of ink hey

    Tru tru, sometimes I get a bit too exited and forget about the basics for a minute which I don't yet handle a should be concentrating on... but that's why I'm so happy that there are people like you guys helping me out!
    Thanks for everyone for all your help, really!!!
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    The Loomis book will truly help, mostly in understanding the head better in perspective. I see a problem in your work in that way, for example in your last one it looks like the nose is seen from a bit beneath it but the mouth from above (because of the upper lip). It surely isn't one of the aspects a beginner should learn at the very beginning but it's better you get a grasp of that early on. Understanding of the solid mass is therefore very important.

    What you could do next is rather than drawing the whole head again, concentrate on single aspects of the face like lips and nose and draw them from several views to better understand how they're built. It's always better to understand what you see and draw than just draw what you see
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    Alrighty, trying to do some catching up so I could still call this daily portrait thread. Had birthday the other day and then studied loomis all day yesterday.

    So here's some portraits. Trying to learn the face planes with the help of Loomis. Critique welcome. On the second one I eraser the eyes so many times. It seems like the eye on the side of the face that shows more is my biggest problem and it's always too big. But now I know it and can be prepared for it.
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    Man I just love you guys here. Without you my progress would be slim and none! Seriously. Kurjuus, big thanks for your advices. That totally makes sense. I will jump into those at once That's why I'm having so much problems drawing the eye, eyebrows and lips, definitely!

    Awesome, big thanks mate!
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    Here's a quick one today. 20 minutes pencil. Little off but good exercise to quick sketch.
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