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    555 self portraits

    I decided to make another thread for self portraits. This way I can see more things and sometimes experiment with different techniques. I will update it about once or twice a week.

    So far I have made few sp's. Here they are in chronological order.

    555 self portraits
    04/05/2005

    555 self portraits
    09/05/2005

    555 self portraits
    12/06/2005

    555 self portraits
    15/06/2005

    555 self portraits
    16/10/2005

    555 self portraits
    02/11/2005

    555 self portraits
    24/11/2005

    PS. You can see photo in my profile.

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    looks like you're getting older and older! hehe

    Anyway, my advice is to be more natural with your pencil strokes especially when you start shading/hatching. When there is one big part of the face that is covered in shadow, lay it in with a middle tone with no hesitation. Don't be afraid. Keep a sharp pencil and use its side for the shading/hatching. Hold the end( the one without the lead of course) of your pencil between your index finger, middle finger, and thumb, then start shakin it!

    I like 15/06/2005 BTW. That's good lighting. I like the amount of reflected light you have there. I assume you're caucasian? You'll notice in darker pigmented objects or persons, the reflected light is much more subtler.

    One thing you have to be astutely aware of are forms within the shadow. Still very important. Usually indicated by darker accents within. Such forms can be the eyebrows, nostrils, iris, dimples etc. Or even subtler, like the zygomatic bone(cheek), the muscles inside, etc. A good study of anatomy helps of course.

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    patdzon - Yes, you're right. I'm getting older but not as fast as here, hehe . These last self portraits are more accurate, I think. Anyway, you can compare them to photo in my profile (I am caucasian btw).

    Here's new one. I had small problems with eyes.

    555 self portraits
    03/12/2005

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    Looks good, dude! Keep this going - it will pay of fast!

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    Fellah. - Thanks for comment. It's motivating

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    Stuff's looking nicer! Keep this up.

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    Asoir - Thanks! In this thread I can see better what is my level

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    Strange question:

    Are you british?

    I'm only laughing on the outside.
    My smile is just skin deep.
    If you could see inside I'm really crying.
    You might join me for a weep.

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    VuDu Pencils - On these self portaits I might look a bit british but I come from Poland .

    This one done with blue ink. The forehead is to low but I couldn't erase it so I finished as it is.

    555 self portraits
    13/01/2006

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    555 self portraits
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    Proportions are good but I don't recognize myself .

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    hmm, the last one could need more contrast.

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    patzon - thanks for comment. I'm just too cautious with ink shading .

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    Don't look at it . I haven't drawn such crap for a long time. I just don't feel good today.

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    great stuff, when your looking at your self in the mirror always look at the angles and distance relation ships that all of the features have with each other. measurement accuracy = likeness.

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    Evil_Sloth - Thanks for suggestion. I always try to do it but yesterday I sketched this self portrait with just few percent of my skills.
    To be honest, I think measurement accuracy is not enough for likeness. There is also one thing needed but I can't give it a name. It's something to do with face expression...

    Here's much better version in pen. Something wrong with eyes (as always) but I can't change it now.
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    Good to go man!! KEEP Feeding us with this lovely updates!!
    rember that eyes are placed on cilider like shape, you are
    aligning your eyes on straight line, and that flatens the forehead
    area alot, check Kchen stuff for a good way to get indeep
    regarding face construccion, just download this zips and
    you will see what I mean

    http://raven.sixdot.net/Kevin%20Chen/

    your Sp are improving rapidly, keep doing them its paying off already!!

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    maxetormer - thanks for the link. I checked it and there's lot's of useful informations. Especially about eyebrows

    Shading is a bit messy here. I think I should reduce hatching to minimum while drawing with pen. I'm still making the same mistake. The eyes are too high while they should be in the middle. Eh... I'll improve this in tomorrow SP.

    555 self portraits
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    Hi, man ! Nice to see your SP thread, I like it. Just a suggestion: try to do it with several medium, it will give a better dynamic to your thread. Ho, and more variety with your point of view will be fine.
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    Alday.J - Thanks for advice. I'll try different madiums.

    Brush pen self portrait.

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    hey man didn't realize you had a sp thread; looks great! as always, love your pen work and it's cool to see what you look like keep it up man they look really good

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    Onir - thanks.

    555 self portraits
    12/06/2006

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    Hey there. Perhaps you should try using the side of your pencil to block in big areas with value. Try to get darker and get the shadows correct. Keep it up =)

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    Ksama - Actually in my last Self portrait I used side of pencil for everything.

    In this self portrait the nose is too short. Well. There will always be some flaw :/
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    So you did

    Just keep busting them out, and try using a direct light source when you draw your portrait, it makes more shadows ;O

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    Ksama - Thanks. I'll try different light.

    This time brushpen lineart and fully frontal view.
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    Another one. Done in PS
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    Well, most of you're portraits look very alike, so I assume that you look like that! so that means that you're doing a pretty good job in showing us how you are! For variation, try taking photos of your self, and use them as ref. I don't think that's a sin around here... but that's just me. Try using different mirror angles as well, so you can work a little on you're perspective. Some tips in Photoshop: try using different brush types! with textures & stuff... and don't be afraid to go colors! try even simple variations, like maximum 2-4 colors... & that's it! Hope to see more of your Sp's!
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    GriNGoLoCo - Thanks. I'll do it.

    Haven't posted here for long time. Here's some pencil SP. I thing the most accurate so far.

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