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    This should make it a bit easier. me about 5min ago.
    using a mirror though to paint :)


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    thats a great reference. the lighting is quite dark but its a good photo for being able to see the shapes of your face. Wouldnt take much to alter what I have to look like you now. I wonder if a mirror is actually harder to work from than a photo. If it is then I suggest you start with the photo.

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    yeah a mirror is defiantly harder. Why I am doing it that way.

    Small update. ill get there eventually =)

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    You're drawing the features, but with no structure, so it bears no resemblance. Here's a collection of links on anatomy/structure of the head:

    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...64#post2906664

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    Tas, I agree but !

    Fly, you're drawing things that arent there and not drawing things that are. You really need to do it the other way around.
    Plus you're overmodelling in the shadow; look at yourself with eyes squinted and you'll see a lot of details disappear but it still looks like you. Get the broader shapes of light and shadow correct and it'll be a good self portrait before you render the chaps on your lips.

    Might help:
    http://www.gfxartist.com/features/tutorials/7731

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    MUCH Better!!

    Hey, when i first looked at it, i thought oh no, he has too many wrinkles. But i think you've fixed it well on the second image!

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    right been away for a while practising. Thought its about time I do another one of these see how I am doing.

    First I should probably post the final of the last one...
    And the new so far
    first task working out how to take better photos

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    Just one person shouted Loomis? How come?
    The main problem behind those portraits are not skin tones or color but lack of structure and knowledge of face anatomy. Try to get those down.

    Just one quick critique: Touch the underside of your jaw - how many fingers can you fit between your chin and the beginning of your neck?

    Right now it looks like your neck is directly attached to your chin.

    Edit: Solution to the whole photo thing:
    Laptop/Mac with Photobooth (it has a function that lets you shoot 4 photos within 2 seconds or so).
    Take some photos from your pretty face and draw it from all different perspectives and angles.
    30 small portraits will give you far than trying to paint this portrait until perfection.

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    Remember that likeness to a specific person does not depend so much on the shape of the eyes, mouth and nose and so forth but rather how those feautures align to each other. Measuring the distances between the eyes and the tip of the nose to the lips and so on is how we recognice eachother. And beacuse of that we can see who is who despite all the different facial expressions humans make that changes the shape of the eyes brow and mouth completely.

    So before you start trying to paint the perfect eyes you have to get all the distances and angles right, because if you don't get that right, it will never look like you no matter if the lips are a perfect likeness.

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    Right had a quick fiddle with the neck and chin area. 3/4 fingers..
    Frida that's an interesting point never thought of it like that.

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    quick practice with the planes before I make a mess of everything in real paints...

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    ..and the mess in real paints

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    Right another attempt.
    Think i messed up the top of the head and made it too high...

    Oh and thanks for all the replies =)

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    tried with a photo this time....
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    The reference photo is NOT good. The light is really bad (too dark, too ambient and light source comes from behind you...) and it was captured too close, creating a distortion.

    Also some side notes:
    If you have the chance, don't use photographs as reference. Especially when drawing self portraits, you have the great advantage of using a mirror. You can analyze your face and learn understanding the forms in a 3dimensional room, how skull looks underneath the skin and how it is crucial for the shapes in your face, and how it defines hard and soft light to shadow transitions. Read Andrew Loomis - Drawing the Head and Hands for some useful information, especially for constructing heads before starting the actual drawing.

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