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this is my first approach on shading. I'm a beginner and only did some linedrawing before.
I need some critique and tips.
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Doesn't look too bad for a first attempt. In terms of the shading, the main thing I'd say is to try and keep thinkg more regular. The lines you're using to shade things seem to be scribbled on rather than added systematically. On the otehr hand though, you've obviously tried to have the shading follow the contours of the body, which is a good thing.
In terms of accuracy, if you look at the reference the body is sloped from one side to the other, but with yours the muscles on the stomach go straight down. The nipples are also sloped, when in the original they slope slightly in the other direction.
Keep practicing though, you're doing a good job so far. Try drawing from life too if you can, since that's better for learning than photographs
I agree with Big Dave here. Great first attempt! And the above comments about mark-making are also on the money.
I know this was the first one- so I don't want to be too critical. But you should use the values to describe the form of the figure. There should be consistency in this. Meaning down planes share a similar value, front planes share a similar value, top planes share a similar value, etc., etc. You should strive to do this in every drawin. It will take awhile to get it, but once you do ..............the world is your oyster.
The proportions are really good, by the way.
Thanks for your replys.
I have big troubles drawing the values as I want them, espacially the light tones a very hard for me.
Today I drew another one but it turned out very bad, so there's no need to show it here
Might help if you start with something easier, say a male torso under a strong, single light source. I reckon it's easier to discern differing light values with your eyes that way. Then you can gradually move up in complexity as you get more confident.Originally Posted by Eremit
You proportion and general form looks really good though, like what Carl-Dobsky said.