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    Graphite self portrait

    First post, but I'm not sure if that's really of any signifigance.

    Don't draw too much, but I'm hoping to pick up the pace within the next few months. This is about... my fourth graphite self portrait. After all, physical media is nothing like digital.

    Tips on graphite would be great.

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    you can go much more darker on some places like the hair, eyes, eye brows, base of the nose, etc. and use more contrast with your lighting. The part that gets the most shadows in your face need to be darker as well. I get the feeling that you've done this from a photo. Do not do that. You won't learn anything about form if you're copying from a flat source. Grab a mirror, get a light source, and then start drawing! goodluck.

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    For realistic portraits, try to define features using different values in shading, instead of the black outline.

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    I actually wasn't going for realistic; I've already erased alot of hard lines that depicted where some harder shadows were before. It's just one of the ways I draw. I do have to work on contrasting though: I never like going too dark.

    I'll draw another soon and post it here later.

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