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June 20th, 2012 #1
Please Critique My Still Life Drawing
Comments? Suggestions? Let me hear it! Lay it on me! The most difficult part of this drawing was getting the clothing correct. Even the black cloth I put behind the figure was problematic. So I know for sure that is one thing I need to work on. Also, the figure looks a little flat, no? That is an issue of mine that I've been struggling with for awhile now. I'd like to think it's getting better but I don't know. I tend to think everything I do looks flat and completely wrong nowadays. >_> Other works are in my sketchbook if you want to compare. So yeah, please tell me what's wrong with this drawing and if there are some basic issues that I still need to work out. Thanks!
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Glad to see such ambition! :>
I'm not that great at this myself, but I have a feeling we should go back to the basics on how light and shadow interact. The way the light hits the forms on the doll are a bit complicated at this time.
It's just me but I feel you should go back to practicing and observing how light hits the basic sphere, cylinder, cone, and the like first > < It may shed some light on as to why it may look flat =]
Sorry I can't really be of much help ;_;
June 21st, 2012 #3
Thanks for the input! To be honest I've never sat down to study the basic shapes under a single light source. Guess I've got to go borrow some eggs from the kitchen and work on those before moving on to more complicated things, like dolls. Still got a long wayy to go. >_<
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June 21st, 2012 #4
June 21st, 2012 #5
It looks like you only use three/four tones in your shading. Maybe try to use more values, go darker and lighter and try to blend in all the tones. I also think the legs are a bit too long and the lightning on them is wrong (there's no light coming from the right).
Sorry for all this critique, its just what i think is wrong (:
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June 21st, 2012 #6
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June 21st, 2012 #7
June 21st, 2012 #8
Good effort...but consider your setup a great deal more. First the figurine looks very, very small? Like 2" tall maybe? Try simpler things with more definite form...a few medium sized cardboard boxes...some cylinder forms...spherical forms, etc. And place them against a white or light colored backdrop/cloth...or even just on a table. Limit the light to one main light source but not too close so things get blown out.
Forget about the subject...focus on value, proportion, measuring, form, perspective, form shadow vs. cast shadow, edges...etc. Those are the real subjects at this stage.
June 22nd, 2012 #9
June 23rd, 2012 #10
Yeah, I would. Ideally you want to use simple objects with simple surfaces - the whole goal at this stage is to try to understand accurate drawing of structure and form, as well as how light and shadow work across surfaces. Matte materials in white or off white tend to be the easiest surfaces to see these effects.
June 23rd, 2012 #11
Okay, here is my first attempt at drawing eggs. Even though this is a simple object it was a lot more difficult to tackle than I thought. I plan on doing many more of these but I'd thought I'd post my first attempt in this same thread so I wouldn't have to start a new one. I can already tell that I need to go much more darker next time. The shapes of the eggs are a bit off too.
June 24th, 2012 #12
June 24th, 2012 #13
Good start. Now do a few hundred more.
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