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I wouldn't say this is a "WIP" because, basically I don't know what to do next anymore.
I wanted this piece to have hue variations of some sort but I didn't know which color to put so I didn't quite get where I wanted to be. :'(
Anyways, critique is much appreciated.
I'm also new here and this is my first thread, just say something if I did something wrong--like not in the proper category or something. I got aware of this site because of Sycra.
Get "Successful Drawing" by Loomis. Learn everything in the book. Then try "Figure Drawing for All It's Worth".
If perspective in "Successful Drawing" is too challenging, try "Perspective Made Easy" by Norling.
Don't try color yet, and don't touch Photoshop. Work in pencil, on paper, from life. Begin with simple still life: eggs, boxes, teapots, with one light source.
I would agree with the above post about not using colors yet. although your colors are actually really good in terms of variation, with the rosy cheeks. the problem is the values. draw lots. copy photos in black and white and you will get better. that is the only way.
For this image? add a neck firstly, you will probably have to draw the scull on a new layer so it is in the right place. then you need to define a lightsource. lets say top right. then the left side of the eyes, nose. and jaw will become darker from the shadows. see what you can do then post an update if you get stuck again
Ermaglob, I just found out how weird it looked when I turned it to grayscale
Also, those books aren't available in the bookstores here and I haven't even seen one art store in where I live and
whenever I try to draw from life, the value range of my pencil is always blocking me from more details.
Anyways, here's a new piece. It's a value study on faces.
I suggest you to not turn down arenhaus' advice with weak excuses like the value range of your pencil or the books not being available. If your pencils don't have to right value range get new ones, and if the Andrew Loomis books aren't available in your local bookstore get them online.
Anything unrelated to elephants is irrelephant.
Forget values, you need serious drilling in structural drawing. At least until you stop making eye line and center line of the face cross at less than 60 degrees.
Seriously. Get a pencil, and draw some boxes and teapots from life, focusing on structure a perspective.
Value range excuses are irrelevant; value is relative. If you need darker values, use a softer pencil for them. But do learn the structural drawing.
Ok, ok, I'll post a drawing from life next time
with only one light source (I hope)
I managed to find a charcoal pencil and I just hope the charcoal wont stick to anything once in the scanner
Sorry it took so long.
I used a mug instead of teapots-- we don't really drink tea --and I placed it on top a plate
It got confusing on the bottom part with the reflected light and all.
Also, those weird doohickeys on the sides of the plate are supposed to be a bunch of flowers but it would take to long to accurately get them right so I just scribbled and stuff.
I'll quote: "...but it would take to long to accurately get them right so I just scribbled and stuff."
How long is too long? If you just scribble and stuff, that is exactly what the end result will be. :-)
At this point the bunch of flowers themselves are not important, but accuracy is.
Always take as much time as you need, no need to be sorry about it. Be as exact as you can and if something doesn't look right, draw it again and again until it does.
Anyway, the cup is an acceptable start.. Now do more, lots more and on the next one try to get all the edges be more clear and sharper. Also try to think how your stroke direction affects the feel of perspective and forms. Take your time.
I used a small long box this time and I used a part of my kneaded eraser as a sphere-ish object(it's dirty)