of course it's a matter of taste to have your portrait high key or low key, (high contrast or low) but some of your values are a bit flat
you should have a slight gradation even if a surface appear flat
hope it helps
Thanks zou, it does look so much better The reference was an outdoor picture with not enough shadow, I did paint it darker than the ref but just not enough (my monitor must be set quite dark at home as it looks fine to me there, but on other monitors the values look more bleached out. I think I need to adjust it ). Though I'm still happy with how it turned out.
I'll practice with my next picture. A wonderful couple that I know that I've kept meaning to draw, Mel and Mim...
Last edited by Angel Intheuk; February 15th, 2012 at 06:27 AM.
I just realized that I missed your sketchbook last time I posted! I'm sorry
The hands are very good on the Amanda Palmer pic, you got the contrast really good on them! The drapery studies are wonderful too, I really like the basic line one. And great job on the Lana drawing, I recognized those lips right away
Nice to see some gestures again in #725! To me, they feel most effective when you stay organic and draw 'freely'. As opposed to the more angled (quicker?) geometric lines. Though they do seem useful for the quick sketching.
You've put some real effort in the drapery studies. It's striking how realistic the little rainbow-shaped piece of fabric looks. It must be the values. If I squint my eyes or take some distance, it seems to be sitting "on" my monitor.
Nice work on Amanda Palmer. I tend to neglect ears, so I've noticed the attention you paid to hers. Those blacks in her mouth, eyesand just above her ear seem a bit heavy. Almost like 'holes'. I think you'd be better off with a dark and very saturated red and browns respectively. And I can see the folds you've practiced!