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    I'm finally beginning some serious efforts to break away from the cartoony stuff I normally enjoy doing and pursue things a bit more realistically. I'm starting with strict photo refs at the moment but I'll eventually move on to life drawing. I used the old tried-and-true grid method to maintain proportions while drawing. Hopefully I'll get to the point where I can accurately eyeball everything, but one thing at a time.

    These are images pulled from a Google search for faces/portraits/headshots. The last one is me, taken by a coworker.
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    very nice job, the childs face is def my fav out of the bunch. very interesting since u can actually see the progression in skill as u look down all 5 finished pieces.
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    Thanks! I hadn't noticed the skill progression until you mentioned it.
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    I'm prefering the two old guys at the top - the rendering is sharper...with your self portrait at the end the handling is getting too fuzzy.

    As you lose the line, you also loose form...If you are trying to eradicate line, to get away from a cartoony style that's cool - but you still have to have hard and soft edges - I think hard highlights and sharper shadows in your eyes and teeth would help a lot.

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    Nice going . Drawing from photos from Google is sometimes that I also do a few times, to try and catch a bit more realism in my drawing hand . Is it a good approach, anyone ?
    These are good. For what it's worth, I am not using a grid, however I look for mental lines that align various features. For instance for pic of the military fellow: the top of his right ear, his eye corners and the top of his left ear are placed on such an imaginary line. Noticing that would have prevented you placing his right ear too low. But, I'm not a very good artist, so you might want to take my advice with a pinch of salt ).
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    By the way, the old Indian man is my favourite. Great skin texture, beard and sketched clothing
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    marc_taro: Yeah, it's definitely a process that I need to refine. The trouble I'm having at the moment is that I'm swinging too far away from my usual style. Hopefully I can balance it out.

    Oddo: I see what you mean about finding invisible lines. Again, it's something I hope to get fluent with over time. I don't want to become dependent on a grid, but I think it's a good place to start.
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    Just wondering, what did you put in the google search window?
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    Very nice. I like the second one most.
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    I did separate searches for faces, portraits, and headshots.
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    I swore I wouldn't bump my own thread. Then I saw that the "Painting fish and wiping your ass" thread got a hundred and fifty responses in about two days.
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    Okay, last time.
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    please dont insult our intelligence by changing your post title just to get more views.


    your drawing pictures from photos.....


    thats boring.


    and thats why you are not getting alot of replies.



    i would encourage you to draw from life and post in the figure drawing thread, you will learn alot more.
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