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Hi everyone, I have been drawing for a few years. Recently my mentor Neondevil suggest to create a sketchbook to improve my drawing, so here some of my drawing (I'm using reference from picture found in magazine and internet). Critique and comments are always welcome. You can suggest some advice too.
Last edited by Sigit; August 1st, 2008 at 12:53 PM.
Hi! Nice start for your sketchbook.
The 1st pic looks a bit like 2D to me. It lacks depth and what should be invisible behind/on top of the head is visible. The head seems to be unnaturally long and the hair looks like it lays on the (too long) forehead instead on top of it. On the other hand I think it could be easily fixed by making the character look down.
The 2nd picture lacks form. Especially in the back. I haven't seen the reference material so I don't know if she really had that straight back, but as a drawing it needs more anatomy.
The faces look very good! Something is a bit off like the woman in the 2nd pic having his eyes going slightly in line like this / and lips like this \. But it's barely noticeable (at least for me) so it's fine.
You'll get it. Keep 'em coming.
Just keep drawing. I'm interested in seeing more faces.
Another drawing of mine using ref.
Your drawings look pretty good, you only need to darken everything , don't be afraid to use dark pencils and don't be afraid to mess up a drawing.
Keep it up !
agreeing with everyone at the minute, but ill still add my thoughts [like it or not XD]
take a look at values, everything has that same shade at the minute, darken some areas more
also, the cross hatching thing, try doing it with the skin/contours, rather than just across everything thats in shadow
[ridiculous example but youll get the picture]-
now to take my own advice and try some of this myself XD lul
Sky_Eagle thanks for the advice. I'm always afraid to use darker color because I'm afraid to make the person I draw look to have a darker skin. Any advice??
iheartmyself my contour drawing always bad. But this time I try your advice. I think it still bad.
I agree with the people above - go for it with the dark pencil!!! It's a black and white drawings so nobody can really tell what a skin colour is. Some anatomy drawings would help you design as well.
keep at it !! =)
Thanks everyone for the advice. These are my other attempt.
My first try in digital but it i still WIP.
this is better!
but, for improvment purposes, perhaps try to limit yourself to the amount
it looks like youre doing it for the sake of showing form. notice how in the example i gave you, there is ALOT of white
you kinda started doing it with the chin in yours, but then on the cheeks etc you went wild haha
your digis coming along nice too, keep going
iheartmyself I sometimes get confused the line would be in some places , do you know any tips??
Still learning to draw
My newest drawing still using ref
hey.. nice sb!..
try to find anatomycal points on face.. build your portraites but do not just redraw lines and tone..
try to think about importent points of skull and planes that pointes creates.
good luck and dont stop!
Last edited by Eclair; September 6th, 2008 at 02:08 PM.
ekler thanks I try your advice
Another my recent drawings
Not bad, the outlines are really great, but you got to work on your shading. Otherwise i like it.
riven phoenix rulz
Grafguy thanks. I try contour drawing this time
Some new drawing using ref. The last 2 not using ref
jedininjaman thanks I'll try that
your craftsmanship seems to be improving but I would advise you to look at the forms. Your drawings show representation okay enough, but you don't seem to know WHY things go where they go, so you put them down relatively well. Divide the face up into as many three dimensional shapes as you can... just carve everything out of a cube if you want to. I know this sounds ridiculous, but if you begin to understand this, you begin to render things based on how they look and reason, rather than putting a shadow somewhere because the reference had one somewhere around there.
Your contrast also seems lacking. Grab yourself a soft pencil and grind away if you have to. Everything is really gray.
Good work, and tremendous effort. Keep posting.
Wow, you're really improving. Quigleyer is totally right, I couldn't say it better (well, I'm doing the same thing actually, so I will shut up).
Great work on the arms and hands, the thighs are good also, but I suggest working more on the part of the leg that is below the thigh (gah, I hate when I don't know the english word )
Keep posting, I like it.
riven phoenix rulz
Quigleyer usually I use 2B and HB this time I also add 6B
Silvenon thanks i'll try my best
Last edited by Sigit; September 29th, 2008 at 11:27 AM.
The one thing that really sticks out to me is your cross hatching. Right now I think it detracts from your work. If you look at the example of cross hatching you posted, you'll notice that the hatch lines aren't diagonal - they move and curve with the body and the muscles. Try doing that rather than the straight diagonal lines you currently have and see where that gets you.
hey man. Good job with the contour shading. I can see a big improvement between now and your earlier drawings. I know that Neon doesn't want you to use a darker pencil for your assignments. But, have you tried using it at all. I think you will have a good time, if you tried h, hb, 2b, and 4b.
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I would really love some honest critiques and improvements suggestions
Renewed Study - I'm drawing again!!