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I was just gonna start with a few fast thumbs, but got a little stuck on the first. a lot of messing with my cintiq too. screen too bright to work when using just one light, stuff like that. not more then an hour actual drawing. hope to do a few more tries tomorrow.
Last edited by ashess; June 12th, 2014 at 04:59 AM.
try to match those values more closely on the blockin...and good job getting your shapes set up.
uuugh. finally had the time to continue this. I though. but by the time I had everything set up (and given up on changing the opacity with a brush command), I had only half an hour left :/ so this was all I got. tried pushing the values, but maybe I went too far now.
yes...try one with a setup that you can come back to. one with a single light source would be best. take your time early on and get your shapes mapped out as accurately as you can. be purposeful with measuring and checking positive and negative shapes. you will get there. it just takes practice.
keep it up.
more more more...I think that painting from life will be extremely good for you. I encourage you to do more paintings of your husband as you obviously know him so well that you will begin to capture a lot of interesting moments. give him food if you have to Just keep him sitting for you if that is ok with him.
2h. and hoping to continue this evening. tried to stay close to the actual values. though its especially hard irl// with actual colors in there.
ps- flipping is acutally useful even when you cant flip what you're drawing!
about 4 hours in total
progresshot at about 3 15
my main blunder was not thinking enough before starting, thus I had to change a lot later.
I'm pretty happy with what flipping regularly got me though. and I think the values are okay. ish?
the're probably still to strong huh? :p
Last edited by ashess; May 6th, 2014 at 02:42 PM.
this is very very good progress. keep going on this one. your every update is showing progress. I can't believe the difference between the first portrait in this thread and where you are. This is great to see. more more more.
it makes me very happy you think so too Jason!
guess it's not about more definition with sharper values, but adding transition as a basic way of expressing form. I've been doing that wrong for a looong time...
another 2 times half an hour. I haven't had that much time to work on it, but at least I can set up now in a few minutes!
Last edited by ashess; May 9th, 2014 at 05:18 AM.
nice job, tremendous improvement during these months . I have nothing more to add on your latest piece except recommending you giving the hair a little more attention.
Remember when I was talking about how line work can tell the story of form...suggest space...edges can do that too. first thing here, is to choose where you want the eye to rest and then rest your eyes on that area in the mirror. In your peripheral view judge which edges are soft or sharp...right now a lot of your edges are the same softness and they could vary from sharper to softer based on form and where you want the eye to rest. make sense?
made some rather bold decision even if I do say so mayself. focus from the dark eye pulling to the other and then via the nose down; or that's the inention. a secondary rounding off from ear then around the hair root. also a little extra focus on geometrical shapes on the cheek.
ps- my hair just keps changing I know. it really does look different every day.
I like the direction you are taking with this portrait. The ear looks like it is leaning forward a bit,not sure if that is how you look like, but you might want to double check it.
completely different take using 2 mirors and a backlight.
I also made myself a value compare tool and used that from the start.
this is just an hour's work and im not unhappy i have to admit.
maybe if I use the tool for a while I'll get a better gauge on guessing values life.
tried fixing the values of the old piece. well, dont really like it now anymore. maybe i'll start anew.
Last edited by ashess; June 18th, 2014 at 04:43 PM.
These are great to see. Is the light really that strong on the ear in the most recent?
If you crisp up the central area of the face where they eye rests and calm down a bit of the edges elsewhere (the hair especially seems hard edged sometimes), then I think this one will wrap up quickly.
do take some time on the shirt and shoulders/bust area.
Nice work on the up view too...that's a challenge. I like seeing that. Keep using your value comparison tool...that will definitely help..anything you can do to compare values will help.
I honestly dont know how I got that ear value... I thought I'd measured that.
when I looked at it again later, I figured that I'd proably only chnaged that value and neglected to do the area around it. like the cheek. but now I measured again, and it was just way too light. fixed that I think. I guess I should look at the neckline still.
Last edited by ashess; June 26th, 2014 at 08:43 AM.
your edge on the light side of your face can tell the story of where it is traveling in space, by its sharpness. right now it is all the same edge but that edge is of parts of the face that are closer and farther...also determine where the eyes focus when the viewer looks at it and farther edges from that focal point can get softer too.
watch out for the very dark spot under your chin in the below view...and double check placement of ears. great to see you challenging yourself. plz keep rocking.