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    where do I go from here...

    blerhrhhghh.. I need to get better.
    I'm having problem with definition, my lines come out wobbly. Maybe I'm not spending enough time? I'm sure color could be better too. have at it! (be gentle though, I'm a teenage girl loool...)

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    First off, did you use a reference? You probably need to get one or consult the one you have more.

    Are you using a mouse or a tablet?

    - One eye is bigger than the other

    - You need to push the values and shading more... I can barely tell there is any shade on her face

    - The hair is scraggly and unfinished-looking

    - You need to study facial anatomy and other things to refine the face. The nose seems a bit too curved, and the lips look off-center.

    Where did it ever say that Humpty Dumpty was an egg?
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    It's an appealing picture, but the colors are very washed out. I'm far from an expert on color, but here's what I think: if you want to emphasize her paleness, have more contrast between the shadows and the lit areas. Not only make them darker, but add more saturation. I think it's also important you soften the edges of her hair in some places, so it doesn't look pasted on. Hope that is helpful.

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    Here is the ref, and I'm not really sure how to make the hair more finished, but i do see the anatomy issues. I'll do more studies

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    I think the biggest problem might be she is leaning forward more in the ref

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    Actually the biggest problem is that's not a very good reference picture. A properly lit subject will make things much easier.

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    Alright! next time I will get a better ref Also, I'm using a tablet

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    http://sirasan.deviantart.com/art/Ph...-Hair-32663745

    Here's a nifty hair tutorial. Also, how come you didn't draw in the septum piercing??

    As for your lines being wobbly, hold your pen loosely and draw quickly. Use your entire arm if you have to.

    You might have a hard time drawing an image with all the features of the face on a tilted plane while the head is level. If you intend to do a photo reference, you should have the head tilted.

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    @jetpack, yeah, I realized that she wasnt tilted afterward. Seems like an important detail to miss. I'm not really sure why I didn't draw in the piercing though o.o
    And thank you for the tips!

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    definitely study facial anatomy more, the features aren't lining up properly and the mouth isn't in proper perspective. The the chin is too pointy and the jaw should be a bit wider as you can see in the pic (dont worry, I suffer from that too sometimes)

    Definitely need to add more color. It's too grey. There are ways to do pale skin with using more color, like light blues and greens. If you look in the reference pic you can actually see blues and greens in the shadows. Having more contrast between lights and shadows like Ashtonw mentioned will help too.

    I think you're off to a good start though, you draw better than I did as a teenager!

    "If you want to work on your art, work on your life" ~Chekhov
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    i agree the lighting is all coming from the direction of the camera, so there are fewer highlights and shadows than is ideal for studying..
    i sugges a good thing to do is put them side by side for direct comparison, then you can really get a handle on whats going on; check it

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    @velocity, that really does help I didn't think of that before. I should have also done that with the lineart.
    @skullsrlove, more studies!! definitely. It's so easy for me to draw it correctly on paper but translating it into digital art, especially with color, is soo hard >.> thank you so much

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    ya it really works. its just the same drawing something from life; look at this thing over here, how does it relate to that thing over here and this thing over there, and now compare to what youve drawn, how do those points relate to eachother...
    thats what artists in the stereotype are doing with their paintbrush held up in front of what theyre looking at!
    i always feel angles are like flavours, this angle is too acute/sour, but that ones too obtuse/sweet... when it tastes the same as the stuff youre looknig at, you know its roughly right! oh and start with broad approximate strokes first, and gradually refine it. thats much easier than going for the final line first time, which is what the pros have learnt to do. check out DarkEyes' sketchbok for amazing first-try lines, the guy is a total pro..

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    @velocity, yeah I've been lurking the forums for like ever now and have been struggling with the whole looking at the whole and drawing things in proportion thing, especially moving out of drawing manga hahahhaa. But taking a still life drawing class helped soo much, I just really need to put more into it and take the extra time. It's so difficult starting out a drawing from a reference though lol

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