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    Pixel's potrayals.

    I am going to do my best to do some sort of SP every night as long as possible (Though I might miss a few once in a while), And experiment with mediums. Digital, watercolor, etc.
    (If an admin could give me Attaching privellages it would be nice, I would hate to loose these SP's (The digi ones anyways), Thanks!)


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    Pixel's potrayals.
    EDIT: Fixed some contrast issues+ General cleanup.
    EDIT2:: Fixed even MORE issues, Form readablilty, some values, etc.
    Last edited by Pixeldragoon; July 26th, 2006 at 07:28 PM.
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    Pixel's potrayals.
    Did a second one tonight.. Crapped out halfway through..

    It's from the same angle.. accidentaly... My monitor is in that direction so it's hard to keep my head straight on.. =\
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    woah man, now that's very good. Your first SP is amazing. I really can't see much mistakes, just I would add more detail to the ear region (it looks sloopy), and try to experiment with the hair more. There are some random strokes in there, which don't seem to follow the form. I maybe mistaken, but try to make the strokes go with the forms in your head. In the second one you feel kinda tired, and the mistakes are pretty much the same as in the first one. But anyways good start!... Hope to see more of your SP's! Keep it up man, you have gotten a lot better!
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    Pixel's potrayals.

    I've decided to figure out how my emotions tie into the way I draw, and how my face looks, so this was mostly just observing and going with whatever was on my paper. Used a Prisma 30% Cool Grey that is crapping out on me, + pencil lines.

    EDIT: Again there are skewing problems. I gotta figure out why that's happening...
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    Justin,

    A suggestion:

    When you’re doing a self portrait look for the shapes. Find a couple key shapes and every time you look back in the mirror try to position yourself until you see the shapes again.

    I included an example from an older drawing that never went anywhere.
    Good luck.

    -Doug
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    heya pix
    great job on the first one.
    Self portraits help ALOT in drawing the face without ref, the shapes get stuck in your mind and you improve a lot...'
    Its also worthwhile to do some drawings of your parents or siblings withing a tight timeframe...say 10/15 mins...
    keep at it and try some different angles
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    Pixel's potrayals.
    Tonights fix


    EDIT:
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    Pixel's potrayals.
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    Great idea. Look forward to checking in often and seeing your new attempts.
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    I need a better light... trying to do a 2 or 3 value portrait with diffused light is NOT fun.
    Pixel's potrayals.

    I'll try and do another.

    Mm.. I tried 2 others... both just were total, total, utter crap... and I ruined the tip of another mechancial pencil out of frustration... gotta quit that.

    I need android eyes =\
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    Hey man. Don’t get too frustrated. You do need a good single light source to make things easier to see.

    Some more advise. Take it or leave it.

    Your values need organization in their placement and shape. Breaking something down into a couple of values can be great and can explain a lot. But the placement of those values and the shapes they make must be right or they don’t serve their function. This is a huge function of drawing, to organize the placement of your values.

    Your drawings carry many lines. But I fear many serve to help the drawing only slightly. Try drawing with fewer. I have seen many students draw and when not sure what to do or things aren’t looking correct they add more lines hoping to see improvement. It generally only compounds the error. My suggestion, tell yourself I am going to start with 20 lines. Then draw them. Since you know you are limited in them you will choose the most important. Make the best decisions you can. When done evaluate all of them. Correct. Only now give yourself perhaps another 10 lines and so on.

    When drawing from reference draw first for abstraction. Draw the shapes you see. Think 2D. Simplify things to straights. Straights are easier to relate and revise than curves and force you to simplify. Let this become your guide to draw over with curves now thinking about mass and structure. To draw well from reference you must be able to turn off 3-D ideas and draw only 2-D shapes. And seemingly contradictory, you must also be able to draw thinking about form and 3-D structure. In drawing from the mind thinking 2-D in abstraction is only required for composition. However make an attempt to separate the two as various stages in you mind. You can combine them later.

    Good luck and keep drawing.
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Hey man, I was going to post here before, but then the lighting came
and took my computer down nothing serious, just the power
and the protection cable.. however
Your portraits is really nice! Im lovin' the "evil" once with
the awsome lighting, although, they doesnt seem to caputre the same
person all the time, its the self portrait section right
So, try to caputre YOU, and sit down til' you get it, although I know
this section is to improve the facial strucure! So keep struggling pixel!
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    Pixel's potrayals.
    Most succesful one so far me thinks... another boring angle... sorry..

    @Flynt; thanks for your advice, I always ALWAYS listen and appreciate it, VERY much. I applied that when doing the lines for this one; as you can see, it worked out pretty well, thanks for the tips! Though I'm still not sure I totally "Get it", at least I "know it". I think this is "Conscious Incompetence"? =)

    @Dile: Thanks for the comment... I watched my face for like 15 minutes before putting down a single line.. trying to see those abstract shapes and whatnot...


    I made it with 6 minutes to spare!! D:
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    Nice work. I agree, “Most successful one so far…”


    Ready. Here’s more:

    There are areas on this self portrait that show possible over-modeling
    For instance the light portion under the right eye (your left eye).

    Over-modeling is where because of incorrect values (generally too light) the surface forms appear too full. I have included a couple of diagrams to help explain. In the diagrams the angle of the light would determine the lightness or darkness of each form. In the “normal modeling” example, the “optimal light plane” (surface plane closest to being perpendicular to the light source) of each surface forms are different. In the “over-modeled version” they each have the same optimal light plane. It shows what is suggested in terms of the form when they each have the same optimal light plane and over modeling occurs.

    Pixel's potrayals.

    Pixel's potrayals.

    In terms of further understanding the 2D way of seeing and analyzing imagine holding up a sheet of glass in front of the object or objects you wish to draw and tracing all of the lines and shapes you see. Anything you can see as a two dimensional shape line or pattern can be used. Later you can learn about prioritizing what you are seeing but for now only worry about translating what you see into something flat. This may mean throwing off the idea that this is an apple and that is a person. Learn to see in terms of geometrical abstraction, or change the three dimensional objects you are looking at into two dimensional outlines of creatures and animals. Much in the way a child might see a dragon or a dog in a billow of clouds. Don’t let the depth of objects override what you see.

    To go further Harold Speeds “Practice and Science of Drawing” may help further clarify this whole thing of proceeding from the 2D into the 3D.

    I would suggest reading the section on
    “VIII
    LINE DRAWING: PRACTICAL” until you get to shading.

    Here is the link:

    http://www.scienceofdrawing.info/lin...tical/#plate18

    If you feel up to it read the whole thing. Many good ideas and it is a book to go back to again and again. As you have more experience you will discovering new things with each read.

    Good luck. I look forward to your future works.
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