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    How do I make it more realistic & less cartoonish

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    I know its not a great picture of it, and i need to feed the grass off of the bottom of the page, but beyond that what can i do to improve it?


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    Please upload images that have dimensions no bigger than 1500px

    As for this piece. You are just going to have to carry on studying real people and settings. Sometimes there is no other method of improvement than continuing to study. Try to understand why certain shadows are cast, how clothing hangs and folds along the contours of the body. There's little, if anything, you can do to this specific image at this stage. I would start a new one and make sure you have a strong foundation when it comes to the shapes of your key subjects and don't rush into the color phase. Remember to regularly check the image in the mirror to refresh your eyes and brain and help you to keep control of proportions.

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    Thanks so much! This was the first time Ive ever actually drawn a person in color so it was definitely an interesting transition for me! Mostly I just draw horses...

    I appreciate the advice and I certainly will continue to practice

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    Yes, I can see that you have definitely drawn horses before. Very tricky animals to get right. You are really at the stage now where you just have to keep churning them out while understanding why you are making certain changes to your previous renders.

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    Thank you so much. I will keep working on them.
    Just for fun, heres the completed image, or what I'm deciding to call completed. Much more and my paper is going to give out so I have to call it quits!

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    Colourwise, use less saturated colours: life isn't that colourful.
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    Thank you! I will have to do that. I get carried away with colors, and with this being my reference, I think I got waaaay carried away trying to overcompensate!

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    drawing wise, pretty nice. But your reference has a really beautiful pattern of light and shadow. You missed that. Don't be afraid to have dark shadows, that's how you create the same illusion of reality as you see in the photo.

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    so i should have darkened the face, hindquarters, leg, etc? This one wont take any more pencil up, no darkening is to be had anymore lol, but I definitely want to improve in the future!

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    Thank you so much by the way! this was a huge project for me and I learned so much. Being able to post on here for feedback is helping me up the learning curve!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SomethingWild View Post
    so i should have darkened the face, hindquarters, leg, etc? This one wont take any more pencil up, no darkening is to be had anymore lol, but I definitely want to improve in the future!
    I would say so. it can be something to think about next time. Do you see how much darker the front of his shirt is than the top? It's the result of the light not touching that part.

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    That makes sense! I was so focused on mentally lightening it I didnt think to leave any dark areas, just shadows between each part...

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