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    Struggling to Improve (Character Portrait)

    Hey, newbie at conceptart here! Any help is appreciated

    My art often ends up too flat and/or muddy, but whenever I try to remedy that I end up making an even bigger mess.

    Take this recently-made character portrait as an example! I realized that the value range was too small and the character looked too flat (among a lot of other things), so I dabbled around in a feeble attempt to remedy this... the result is the mess that is the second pic.

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    Any and all critiques/paintovers are greatly appreciated -- I really want to improve on my rendering and coloring!


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    If you're looking for a way to get more value and depth into the face and make it look good, then you should look back at how the face was constructed; Then from there, you need to break up the features into planes such as the nose, eye socket and the mouth, figure out where the light source is coming from (in this picture the light source is easy to find) and a palete of the tones you wish to bring in. I'll give you a quick example here- Name:  1st Face Planes.jpg
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    Here we have a good idea of where we want the darker areas to be and where the lighter areas should be. A general rule for this is if the plane on the face is facing away from the light then it is darker. If it faces towards the light then it's brighter. Here's where the palete comes in; to make one for shading, get the skin tone and make a darker and lighter version of it in the colour slider. Then you can adjust the shading as appropriate on the face. Here's a quick and ugly one that I did using this technique to illustrate what I'm talking about;Name:  1st Complete Edit.jpg
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    but if you take the time and pay attention to the planes of the face when it comes time for shading, then I believe your art can improve.

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    Skulls, asaro heads are good for structure, painting from life is generally good to do as well for colors and for things that I mention earlier

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    Thanks, I'll definitely look into that!
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    Thank you so, so much for your (extremely) helpful advice! I'm really grateful you took the time to draw a planar example and even an overpaint, I'm honestly really inspired now that I know which direction I need to improve in. I'll definitely do more head studies and observational drawings to get better at anatomy and coloring.

    You really didn't need to make such awesome advice for a random person, but you did, and I'm really touched. When my art gets non-crappy, I aspire to do the same for others! Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlpacaThyme View Post
    You really didn't need to make such awesome advice for a random person, but you did, and I'm really touched. When my art gets non-crappy, I aspire to do the same for others! Thank you
    Np, that's what we do you could start sketchbook to show us your studies and other stuff, to get traffic there post something to someone's sketchbook and some members gives comment back to yours
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    It's because you're not using reference. If you *have* reference you're not using it. Our ability to invent the subtle qualities of light and form are laughable. Real light on real form is always better reference than a photograph. Of course, we must make due with images much of the time. Hopefully, you take the time to find better reference than what I used.
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    Always use reference material.
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    Why do you actually have a picture of Santa on Casual Friday?

    Otherwise, I have to agree with them. Always use reference; it's the only way you'll internalize how light and shadow play off each other. Even when you do internalize them, still use reference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattyt View Post
    Why do you actually have a picture of Santa on Casual Friday?

    You don't?

    That's like two years worth of beard right there. G'head I'll wait while you download it.
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    Thanks. Now that I know his face, I can have my revenge for all those years I got coal.

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