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    jigje 1st Attempts

    Ive never really drawn before and I spent Easter break with a great "how to draw" book. I only just got a scanner so I thought Id start to put up some of the self portraits Ive done over the last month or so. Crits welcome. Be harsh, I can take it and Id really like to improve.

    The first drawing is recent. I wanted to change the thread photo.

    The 2nd is the embarrasing first SP.
    Last edited by jigje; May 4th, 2010 at 09:26 AM. Reason: to change thread photo
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    This is also about a month ago, second attempt at a sp.
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    I know these are really still bad. I can see the bad proportions, etc but it's like each time you have a go at it you learn something new. Even just getting used to controling a pencil and especially learning to draw what I see and not revert to my age 7 symbols for eyes etc.

    These ones are from around 2 weeks ago.

    Im scanning more recent ones now and Ill post them in a day or two.
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    Hey. This is the first SP that I thought has a likeness (ugly, I know) and it felt like it is cleaner or something. Im starting to see the impact that shading has on the result.

    Are shading and value the same thing?

    I tried to get the shading right above all else and this felt like my best drawing so far.
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    heya thanks for commenting on my thread, a few advice here.
    get ur proportion right before you do shading, this is coming from someone who made this mistake in the past and draw in the neck and shoulders too

    keep it up!
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    Krytos- Thanks for your advice. I really have listened to what you said. The drawings here were done a week ago so I was still in the bad habit of "no neck".

    I had the flu (not swine) for a few days and this is a fair example of what I looked like at the end.

    The 2nd one has weird eyes. I knew it wasn't quite right and I read somewhere on CA about the method of checking a drawing in a mirror and it was immediately obvious that an eye was too high. I still can't see what the problem is without the mirror. I find that amazing.
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    This was fun.
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    Wow...HUGE improvement from your first! greeeat job

    Rendering in one direction is a good way to go about it...keeps your drawing neat.
    Try pushing your values more though to describe your forms....It's a little flat..

    Nice work..and thanks for the visit! Keep it up
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    hey these are ROCK'N the last one is wwwaaaayyyyy cool
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    Great start man, portraits are not an easy think to just jump into. You seem to be doing everything right. Maybe try learning the underlying structure of the head (the skull), that might help you understand what you are drawing a bit more. Maybe try some more adventurous lightsources and push the values a bit more. Other than that I think it's just a case of keep at it!
    Peace!
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    wow really nice improvment since the first sp ! Nice proportions ( well i guess :p ) you should maybe more play with the values, try to avoid white areas, put more contrast ! look at your face in the mirror, and find the darkest areas of your face ! play with the light too ! Yeah, now show us more man !

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    Mc2mc2 – thanks for your advice. Ill do more with value in the next one. I want to try a ½ body like the one you did soon. Ill add “after mc2mc2” haha. I get so many ideas from you and Sketcheth

    Grandmassa – when I first started checking out CA I decided that all I wanted was to get you to tell me I RRRROOOOOCCCCK. Hehe. Ill keep drawing till I get one! Thanks for your comment man.

    Danlambert – Cool timing. I just got a medical school skull to start studies with days before your comment. I aim to draw the hell outa that thing. Next sp – different light source + push values for sure. Brother, I went to your sketchbook and its amazing. I really appreciate you commenting.

    Walid D – Thanks for coming by and encouraging me. Everyone is saying value so Ill try that next. Where are some more animations from you?
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    Nice start to your SP's They all look pretty consistent, but as other people have previously stated, try pushing your values more, and watch your proportions It can be difficult sometimes, but if your having trouble checking if everything is right, Hold your drawing up to a mirror It will help you with problem spots. Also, Try using more than one tone of pencil for your works, using a stronger B grade pencil will help you bring out your shadows and detail areas more

    Keep up the good work, and I will stop by again soon to have look at your work again
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