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Hello! I just did a study on the front of the face (mainly wanted to learn the basic structures of the face), and I'm not sure if it looks like I've improved or not. It wasn't very long, but I think I learned a couple things from it. Do you mind taking a look at it?
I used the same reference for all of these, even the first one, which looks the worst. You can see "1st try", "2nd try", etc. to see in which order I do them.
The are the last two drawings. These actually were not done with reference, they were done from memory. The first one (labeled "5th" try) was my first one to do without a reference. As you can see, it's pretty bad. After I was done with it, I looked over the reference and pointed out the obvious flaws in the face (as you can see written). When I did the second face, I used that opportunity to correct those flaws.
Well, what do you think? Do you think I improved any? And are there still more flaws on the last face that I can correct?
Thank you so much!
I'd suggest that you draw the whole head from the side, then 3/4-profile, then the front. You'll see that you have drawn the dome of the skull waay too small. It looks like you stopped where the hairline should go.
Oh wow, thank you for bringing that to my attention! I didn't even realize...
I will do those studies tomorrow!
there's some good sourses for head structure. /Michael Hampton, Ron Lemen from Gnomon, and of course Andrew loomis/
You need to know about structure, construction in 3dimensional view.
At this point in your studies, there is little to be gained from working without reference. You need reference. You need to spend time feeding the correct proportions into your head.
Although reference can be someone else's drawings. Master studies (or, for that matter, copying from Loomis or Bridgman) can be a great learning tool.
I was once on the receiving end of a critique so savagely nasty, I marched straight out of class to the office and changed my major (sketchbook).