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I have been looking around on CA for quite a while now and finally make the decision to make my first post...
Last edited by D*nat; May 23rd, 2009 at 05:23 AM.
First of all, I would like to say that your hesitation of posting here was totally unnecessary
Now, taking pictures with your camera is fine but in order for them to look similar digitally as in real life you have to tweak them a bit in Photoshop.
Right now, all your images come up very dark for me. Load them in PS or a similar photo editing program and adjust your levels to get the brightness of the paper to turn white in stead of grey. Or at the very least, if you don't have access to PS, turn on WB (white balance) on your camera and shoot them in color in stead of in greyscale.
Now, your self portraits are coming up nicely. I like post 6 and 9 the best.
Em... one of the cornerstones of the realist painting tradition is the understanding of the interaction of light on form.
When you are drawing your SP's it is helpful to determine where your light source is that is illuminating the subject you're drawing, in this case yourself.
If you just try to copy the values you're seeing you're bound to make mistakes. For example, in all your drawings you're making your eyebrows stand out as the darkest part. I highly doubt that is the case. especially on the side of the face that is catching light. Your eyebrows may well be black for all I know but chances are it is lighter in the light then parts of your hair or even your face in true shadow. I'm also guessing that your eyebrows are almost black and that that is exactly why you are overstating them. You see them as black and immediately think you have to render them very dark.
This symbolized way of looking is what is keeping us from seeing what is really there. Drawing or painting from life in a way that is true to nature, requires constantly challenging our perception and stripping away all preconceived notions or 'symbols' about our surrounding world.
I'll keep an eye on this thread.
Keep it up!
"There is no such thing as 'accurate drawing'. There is beautiful
drawing, and ugly, and nothing else." JAD Ingres, Ecrits sur l'art
Art_Addict: thx for your feedback man. i try to focus on what you said in my next selfportrait. hope it will get better.
unfortunately i haven't got ps but try to adjust the next pictures with the programm i use.
thanks for looking at my thread,