i love seeing everybody do one a day, but i gotta say, quality over quantity. if you feel the self portraits are slipping a bit, maybe take a day or two off to relax and get a fresh perspective? that last one is a nice one =)
for your sp's that are mostly just line, watch for the line weight. you had a couple of heavy lines around your eyes in a few, and if they weren't so thick, they would've described the form better. keep it up =)
*ViRuS* - Thanks alot, i also do realize that my SPs are slipping cause i've been pushing even though i don't have the time. Quality is definitely more important that quantity. And i know that my pencils are horrible, so i think i gotta improve on that too. Thanks for popping by!
Today, with charcoal pencils. I gotta go back to the basics. The reason why there are lines on my cheek is due to the fact that my kitteh bit my face when i was sleeping. It still stings a little. -__-
You are diligent!! Wow! You've got tremendous improvements going through this thread...awesome work... try some more of those pencil drawings, I like what you're doing there, I'm starting to see features get sharper and sharper!
The digital paintings are also looking much improved as well! It might serve you to take a photo of yourself and spend some time using the color dropper and just study the color that occurs in your face, you might be surprised at the colors you find in shadows and things. Then try to take that knowledge and apply it to a painting. Another thing that I found to help is to study the masters and how they paint, how they choose colors. Look at John Singer Sargent.
I'll be coming back to this thread for sure.
Also, congrats on hitting the 50 mark! **high five**
sketcheth - I honestly think i don't deserve that compliment! Thank you so much, you are a morale booster. I've heard what you say, and i am going to try that on my next sp. Thanks once again!
This is me still struggling to draw/hatch. I realise that the more i draw, the more i'm afraid of making marks on the paper. I want everything to come out perfect the first time. No more everyday SPs already due to work, but i will not abandon this thread fer sure!
i can see you getting better, keep it up and yo'll be improving in no time.
whats the average time you're spending on them?
i'd suggest maybe taking an afternoon out and spend about 2 and a half hours on one in whatever medium is most comfortable, try and do your utmost best and dont be afraid to erase and fix as you go along.
zalxemptyx - Thank you dear, yea it seems that whatever i paint looks like one massive blob. @_@ i will take note of that.
chriis.zed - Thank you! Usually i spend about half and hour on them. Damn my short attention span. I will take some time to draw them when i have the time. Thanks for popping by!
Okay this is a failed CHOW, but since it's some sort of self portrait, i'll put it here. I was trying to paint myself as a super demon from the supernatural series. Of course there were much *cough* enhancements, but i got really busy and tired so i abandoned it.
hi! you're working very hard and that's really good, thanks for dropping by my thread!
I think one of the main problems you're having is the fact that a lot of the time, you're not really "observing" enough. Rather, you tend to draw a certain way rather than draw what you're actually seeing. For example, you draw the mouth in a kind of horizontal diamond shape a lot, similar with the eyes () <---kind of like that horizontal, and the nose = ..
i'm not saying you do this all the time or anything, you really observed your eyes on this one...you're getting better and improving so I just wanted to point that out.
I suggest having side lighting for you SP's for a better contrast between the values. also I think you should calm down and think things through when drawing, you said "the more i draw, the more i'm afraid of making marks on the paper", that definitely happens to most of us but if you dont make the mark you dont learn from the experience.
The IMPORTANT thing however, is that you need to learn from the experience, if something works, then analyse why it worked and remember it for next time, similarly if something doesn't look good, make sure you find out the answer to why it doesn't work. if you don't then the experience will be wasted.
I'm kinda just typing as I think here but take this one as an example, you followed the shape and form of the head when rendering the hair, which is a great thing to see, (similarly with the left cheek) however, you neglected doing so entirely with the headphones, the strokes are rushed and entirely disregard the shape of the round form, making it look very flat. dont be afraid to angle your strokes to follow the form, look at some well rendered pencil work (similarly paintings for stroke work) to see for example, how did the artist draw/render/paint the mouth/nose/eyes etc...remember and then try applying it when you draw, it might not always work out instantly, but experiment and eventually you should understand why the artist laid down the strokes/lines etc that way and why it works.
anyhow I could go on but you get the idea, just keep working at it! I see improvements in this thread, how about taking a moment to look back and see what you did right and what you did wrong and keep it in mind the next time you start a SP
Ah, you have done alot since i stopped by last, well done
I think your SP's are improving, but you seem to rush things a little too much. Try to spend a little more time on each piece, even an extra five minutes, if that's all you can spare. It will defenatly help out in the long run ^^
Try to focus a little more on traditional work, because your traditional pieces seem more planned out than your digital The eyes in the last few pieces have started to take some form which is really nice though
Just keep practicing, you will get there! and don't forget to have fun, don't make this a rush job chore before work