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More of a study-book than a sketchbook. I'm trying to improve anatomy at the moment, specifically faces.
I'm a beginner so there's no much I can say to you but, at first sight, I would try to clear those outlines co the outer one is too dark and heavy in the girl's face, try to define form only using tones and not strong strokes. Also, I think you could add some highlights to the tones of the head. I mean, it looks amazing but maybe using a bit more light would make it look even more real, because you've got loads of dark and medium tones but hardly any highlight (in the girl you drew, on the contrary, I think there is too much light and it lacks some intermediate tones). But that is just me, as I said I'm a noob.
Keep it up
Thanks DaveGarcia, I'll keep that in mind.
Studying Loomis' Drawing the Face and Hands at the moment.
I was looking at planes of the face and then painted a portrait
Reference picture of Matt Bomer used, my objective wasn't seeking a likeness - instead using it as a lighting and structure reference.
I've included pictures of my progress. I'm not sure if stage 3 was more successful?
looking good on those value studies! and those reference links are very helpful thank you for sharing. You should, if you watch movies or tv on your computer, use screen capture or pause it when you see a face in a particular lighting you want to work on and do studies off of those.
"I am obsessed with the process of creation"-Zdzislaw Beksinski
"Art is never finished, only abandoned"-Leonardo da Vinci
"Fear is the mind-killer"-Frank Herbert
I had the idea of doing a painting of another humanized MLP character (just for a change of pace from doing studies) skateboarding. I did some quick gesture drawings of skateboarding poses using google image search as a reference point. I decided on one and felt quite positive about my initial sketch. But the more I worked on it the creepier and weirder it got. In fact the face was so creepy and weird I had to blur it before I felt able to upload it here. I've still got a lot to learn.
I would like, eventually, to have a nice painterly style with a somewhat stylised/cartoony use of proportions. Trying to making faces too real can fall into the uncanny valley pretty fast...
I'm not sure if I want to persist with it, start again but with the same general idea, or just go back to studies.
I came across this painting: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fi...de_broglie.jpg
And really wanted to study it. I wasn't aiming for a perfect copy, I used it more as a reference and tried to use what I've learned about faces. For example, in the original her ear is about the size of a pea? I drew it much bigger, to try and line up with the nose.
I just noticed I wasn't paying attention to the hair or hairline very much, please excuse its errors.
Great study LMagpie.
The only part I am concerned with are the lips.
In the photo it looks a bit more softened while yours has a crisp edge to it.
That's really about the only thing I noticed that wasn't matching.
Great job can't wait to see more.
Oh nono, just the likeness to the original. In that case, you have your anatomy spot on; well besides the obvious hairline issue.
OH gosh! Really good stuff!
Sketchbook --I'd love some feedback!
Some more studies using this book: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Anatomy-Arti...0371282&sr=8-4