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    First Graphite Render in Two Years WIP

    I decided to look up ArtsyPoses and found a reference I really liked. So much so, I wanted to draw it with a new set of pencils I got from an arts and crafts store. This is my first graphite sketch in eight years (first was when I was 14). I'm used to charcoal for this sort of thing as I had an art class two years ago in which we worked exclusively with charcoal. Need to fix her hip...too bad I have no scanner and must go to a building by bus to scan anything.

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    Aside from the anatomy you mentioned. Her left leg looks like it is coming out of the center of her pelvis. Also, you could boost your contrast. Use your 4 & 6B pencils it will give you a wider range of values. For not drawing w/ graphite for eight years, it's not bad at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LAG View Post
    Aside from the anatomy you mentioned. Her left leg looks like it is coming out of the center of her pelvis. Also, you could boost your contrast. Use your 4 & 6B pencils it will give you a wider range of values. For not drawing w/ graphite for eight years, it's not bad at all.
    It looked rather off in the reference as well. Still, thanks for your input. I'll try to use a broader range in my next attempt. Wish I could do texture better...

    Also could try to get rid of those ugly outlines...

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    If you work from reference with odd things like that, it will tend to translate to your drawing. Also, you can do your linework lightly and create the edges with value changes between your subject and the background.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LAG View Post
    If you work from reference with odd things like that, it will tend to translate to your drawing. Also, you can do your linework lightly and create the edges with value changes between your subject and the background.
    Yeah, for some reason because of the light source, I decided to keep the outline and subsequently darken it mainly to differentiate it from the light source. Realized I could have just shaded the skin lightly with an HB pencil and done it that way...

    Really need to stop being a slave to references.

    EDIT: Decided to use auto-contrast in Photoshop to fix it. For some reason, it's a lot darker on paper than when I scanned it...

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    what you know

    reference is the middle of a great drawing/painting.......after awhile you need to go with your gut and make it look right.....did this real quick but this feels more right to me......
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    anyways.....really nice...but don't let the photo reference interrupt your drawing flow....sketch it all out and then look at the reference for details I think if you do this you will start to see more fluidity in your drawings.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by williams73 View Post
    reference is the middle of a great drawing/painting.......after awhile you need to go with your gut and make it look right.....did this real quick but this feels more right to me......
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    anyways.....really nice...but don't let the photo reference interrupt your drawing flow....sketch it all out and then look at the reference for details I think if you do this you will start to see more fluidity in your drawings.....
    Huh. I'll have to keep that in mind. Thanks for the lovely demonstration.

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