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I have been working on this character portrait and at this point I thought that it would be very nice to get another set of eyes to look at it.
I need to get some things sorted out before I go in to shading but I have been staring at it for too long I think.
Any input would be most welcome.
Thank you for looking.
Last edited by Frida Bergholtz; May 26th, 2014 at 06:54 PM.
Really great drawing! The only flaws I see are:
-his left hand is weird, lacks of structure. I think it's due to the fact we can't see the first metacarpal at the base of the thumb. The index finger is as long as the medius, and in a general way, the fingers in an relaxed position tend to naturally bend more and more from index to little finger (at least mine ;-) ).
-maybe the right thigh is too thin (but as he's obviously an elf it tends to be that way.But still...)
I will see what I can do about the hands. Both of them probably needs a little work. And I already made her thigh a little thicker. That also made the foreshortening look more convincing.
Thank you very much for the help.
Update will come along shortly.
There we go, new hand, although now I think that it might be to small.
I would definitely get reference for the hand, and see what someone would actually be doing if they were playing with their hair like that. Right not it seems a little unnatural to be holding his own hair like that. Maybe he would be twirling it or something.
I think the drawing has a sensitive touch that is very nice though.
I agree, his left hand holding the hair looks squashed and unnatural. Get a friend and tell them to hold a scarf as pretend-hair.
Also both hands are too small and the foreshortening of his left thigh doesn't go with the folds in the fabric of his pants.
That said, I really like his face and pose. nice drawing!
Thanks for all the input. I followed your advice and put a long scarf on my head in front of the mirror. Some horrific left hand sketches were produced but I think that I like the result.
Everything has been redrawn from the waist down.
Yes! Very good! It's perfect now. At least to my eyes.... ;-)
very nice natural drawing line frida, way to go! :-)
Thank you so much everyone. Posting her helps me to push it a little further. I tend to be lazy when it comes to my drawings some time.
Stay tuned fo further developement.
I'm planning on pushing it further and make a full range drawing, but for now I think that I got a picture that feels complete.
Thank you for all the advice and further input is of course more than welcome.
Last edited by Frida Bergholtz; May 23rd, 2014 at 07:10 PM.
I scanned the drawing to doodle on it and thought that I might as well post it, even if I havnt really made much progress.
I'm struggling with the folds and I'm considering redrawing the whole shirt.
Thank you for looking.
I dont think you need to redo the whole shirt(maybe it's just cause I like this drawing so much, haha). But I do think some of the problem might be that the folds in the shirt in the shoulder/armpit area are not that strong. the bottom of the shirt where it's tucked into his pants seems to start of with a taught fold, but it doesnt really follow through?
And the only other thing that really bothers me is that the otherside of his shirt seems to magically end where his braid touches his chest.
Thanks Uroboros. I think that I tackled the first problem you pointed out but but I could not come up with a satisfactory solution for the braid covering the edge of her shirt. It does look a little bit odd. But everything that I tried looked even worse. Sometimes I feel like picture making is just and endless strings of problem solving.
Anyhow I'm throwing in the towel with this drawing and is considering it done. If I should take it further it would probably be a painting.
Thanks to everyone who helped me out and please do not hesitate to come with any further advice.