This started yesterday as an attempt to apply what I've learned while studying Dave Malan's work. But then I brought my charcoals along today and I've never really used them so I reworked this with them. I doubt its an improvement but it's a good warm up to the portrait of my son I worked on after. I'll post that when it's complete.
This is probably the closest thing to a successful likeness I've done to date. It's from a photo of my son. There are mistakes but I can see a lot of him in the sketch. When I asked him who it was though... he said it was a monster.
I think you are getting better. Try to see the features as lines and values relative to one another, like a map or a puzzle-to see how they all fit together and relate to one another. Draw one part at a time and see how it connects to the next part, and before you know it, you have a whole face: This is how I work. I try to see an object as a collection of shapes and values. By focusing on those values and shapes, the face or object comes to completion unconsiously. That is to say if your lines and shapes are all correct and are placed accurately, they will form whatever you are trying to draw: you will get your likenesses correct. I know this is a bit different than talking anatomy, but this has always helped me. I hope it helps. Nice Joker, by the way: well done, nice values. Later!
Sorry I haven't updated this lately. I've been playing with my new tool a lot (Cintiq 12WX), but really just learning how to use it properly. Here is the only thing I've been working on that I would call art. It's still a WIP as you can see but it's something.
Thanks for looking!
EDIT: Added the final. I'm moving on.
Last edited by AWSullivan; May 28th, 2010 at 11:01 PM.
Reason: Added the final
You are showing great improvement already and your understanding of value is pretty solid. Your line work needs improving though. Even though rendering a highly polished finished piece is a helluvalot of fun, you should make sure that the underlying structure and proportions are correct first. I would force myself to do a lot of line drawings, quick gesture drawings and not allow myself to do all the shading, just knock 'em out and move on to the next one. If you do that, then when your eye for form catches up with your hands skill at rendering, you will be scary good. Keep it up!
I was gonna say also in regards to your previous post that the tools you use won't make that much difference, I've been using a 3x5 Wacom for years, it's really more about training than anything. But congrats on the Cintiq, it seems like you have taken to it rather well. I suppose it beats having to train the brain to get over the disconnect between hand and canvas.