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    Graphite Conan

    Dears, some time ago, I made this piece, using as a reference, a comic books cover from Conan, that is from sixties. In this case, all shadowing effects were made by traces with ink, and with solid colours. There are a while line in horsehair, which does make part of the original drawing.

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    It's pretty, but I'm curious what the original looked like. Also, why ask for a crit on something you did a long time ago? Better to show something you're working on now, so we have a better idea of your level and how to give advice.

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    Dear TASmith,

    Here is the original.

    I am a novice in the art of drawing, because of it I would like to receive the criticism about the mistakes or errors I have done in my work. I am doing some new in this moment, and I would like to avoid the same mistakes I did before.

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    Eye catchers:
    1) He is missing part of his jaw, making his lower face swing to the left of the page.
    2) some of the shading on his sword arm in a fee areas near the elbow look concave rather than convex.
    3) The horns on the helmet are of different size which is no biggy unless you're going for exact match, but I would suggest taking another look at the way the light is hitting those horns.
    4) The shading on the horse's head doesn't match that of armor, and it's very hard to tell it's wearing any
    5) the chests appears to have several unnecessary creases

    You've got great tonal range, keep it up

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    Just a few

    Anatomy

    Index finger in left hand is too long.
    Ref:Basic Anatomy

    Open his eyes some more to show expression.
    Show more definition with his lower lip.

    Composition

    If you are omitting the other barbarian to his right, you should omit the white mountain area as well. It's a distraction that goes nowhere.

    Have you tried Water Soluble Graphite Pencils? I use them for my darks instead of ink or charcoal because they are much easier to control tonal qualities. They can be used wet to make a deep line or better yet lightly washed out by DRY brushing. They can also be erased when dry. Note: need at least 120lb paper and you might need to iron paper between fabric after use depending on how much water is used.



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    PlasmaViper, thanks a lot by the detailed comments

    Ask Maurice, I never tried that kind of pencils, is it used in the same way as watercolour pencils?

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    Water Soluble Graphite Pencils

    Yes exactly. They work exceptionally well when blending and leave a more uniform appearance than when you mix charcoal or ink. You can drag the brush to create a hard edge or dab to blend. Best of all you can erase to highlight. I would recommend experimenting with the tonal variations and dry brush technique first.



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    I will try it

    Before, I have just used Indian Ink diluted in water to create gray shades in my work using pen & ink

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