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    Dael Wolf's sketchbook (nudity)

    I have been scribbling faces and figures on scrap paper for some time, but now I want to create attractive, realistic, fine art images of faces and of figures in environments. It is time to improve my skills. I have had a few courses at the local art association but otherwise I am self-taught.

    Here is one I drew from life two years ago. He was the only one in the coffee shop who was still enough for me to draw.


    Here are two pastels I did from life in a portraiture course. Both sessions ended before I could get far on the hair. Lesson: don't shilly-shally!



    Two from imagination:



    Here is one using a drawing by Joseph Sheppard as reference:


    Two from photograph references:


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    a good start. i recommend if possible you light your models not from the front or your angle, instead use something a little harsher at a different angle. right now you're trying to focus on little parts of your form, whereas w/ slightly harsher lighting, you can focus on form relationships and light/dark relationships together. helping you see the figure as a more comprehensive form.

    keep posting!
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    Apollonuevo: to be honest, I wasn't even thinking in terms of forms and lighting until you mentioned it. I was only trying to get the proportions and and placement of features right. I will try what you suggest. Thanks so much for the idea.

    The next two are from imagination, except that for the man's shading I referred to a drawing by Giovanni Civardi.


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    I like the expression of the women in orange (second pastel). It's clear that you were able to capture her emotions. Keep it up, you're doing good so far

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    Pesmerga: Thanks.
    Next is one from imagination. Sorry about the poor scan.


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    I decided on a training strategy for myself: (1) concentrate on following Loomis's instruction for drawing heads and figures, and (2) draw from life (statues, people in coffee shops, etc.) Here are some heads made from Loomis's ball and plane scheme.

    I took some time to carefully observe Loomis's drawings and to try to understand what he is trying to teach. The next heads are the result. I think there is some improvement but I still have a long way to go.



    In the next ones everybody looks so bloody grim. I need to get my people to lighten up!




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    More Loomis Heads



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    i dig the girl with the hair, and the girl squatting, though i recommend that you look at her abdomen a bit. it seems like theres some shadow missing, if im reading your light source correctly. good work.

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    Azeira: Thanks for the visit. I'll look at her abdomen.


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    I am still experimenting with different media. This is the first I've tried with water-soluble graphite pencils. I plan to buy a new computer in a few months, so it won't take eons to scan and post.


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    nice. keep it up!

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    These are both pencil, but for the one on the left I tried to use PhotoShop to simulate ink & wash.


    The next one appeared before, but I used PhotoShop to fix her eyes, which were crossed.


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    This post is just to show quick PhotoShop color changes with an image having fill and adjustment layers. I am tired of the picture and am going to move on to something else.


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    I just bought a new PC, which is a big overstuffed pig with oodlebytes of memory and a superfast processor, and an upgrade to Photoshop CS2. I've had enough of extreme slowness. Maybe Photoshop is the right medium for me, because I always screw up every picture in pastels, acrylics, or any other medium. With Photoshop you can repair mistakes. Here is my first picture with the new machine.


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    The proportion is pretty good. It looks like the face needs a little work. Keep it up.

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    Your sketches are getting better. What I would like to see are some skull studies, I think that would help you understand the forms of faces better.

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    Matt Smith: I have decided to take your advice to do skull studies. It makes a lot of sense, and is something I should do. In the mean time, here are a few from my Joe Six-Pack series.


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    Hey, charcoal's kinda fun. I think I'll do a lot more of these.


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    These were done very quickly and for the faces I looked at other people's drawings and tried to imitate just the head/face shape. For the skull I used a photograph for reference and became very conscious that I have been doing very poorly at drawing contours.


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    Its nice that you are drawing a lot of portraits to study, but it will benefit you if you study the planes of the face....Andrew Loomis Head Drawing book is really good. www.fineart.sk you can download it for free here. I think your portraits will look a lot better after you do some studies from Loomis.

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    Smitherines: I have Loomis's book on heads & hands, as well as the one on figure drawing. I will be following your suggestion with the idea of understanding the causes of all the bumps and creases in the face. Thanks for the visit.

    In the mean time, here are two more horrible scribbles, of the type often found on my desk at work after my mind has been wandering.


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    I think you're doing the right thing in drawing portraits, the human head is one of the hardest things to draw. I like your hatching as well but one thing I would say is use measurements for the head. the front of the face is divided into thirds. I like to start at the chin.

    1. From chin bottom of the nose

    2. bottom of the nose to brow

    3. Brow to harline

    These things should help you out a lot. I'm still learning how to apply them myself. Keep working hard.

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    Ashrumm: Thanks for the comment. I think you are right that I should be more careful in making these measurements. Also, I should probably take more time instead of doing just three minute scribbles.

    In the next one I was just fooling around with a Sharpie. It was a lot different since I am used to being able to erase pencil, but the ink scans really well.


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    sorry if i skipped over this part, but are you using any aids to help you out? any dynamic anatomy books or the like? or are you in any sort of formal education?

    just wondering.

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    Skivvy: Thanks for the visit. I have a lot of books, but except for the ones by Loomis I don't get much from studying them. I also had a few short courses. What works best for me is imitating drawings by other artists except that I customize the shading, change the hairdo, use the mouth from another drawing or photo, etc.

    Here's another one using Photoshop.


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