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    Graphite Piece

    A piece I've been working on for the last sixth months or so; I've finally reached the point where I feel comfortable in calling it finished, but I'd definitely like to see what you guys can find, and to see if I can then correct the mistakes. I used a reference for the pose and lighting. Thanks in advance!
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    That is a very cool piece, but I'd say you need to define the background from the foreground a bit more.
    i.e. That swirly branch blends in with the hillside too much.

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    Yeah, I see what you mean; I'll definitely work on it.
    Thanks for your comments!

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    The figure has some great reflected light going on, but it makes it obvious that he's from a different ref than the wood he's on - the wood would have to be a lot lighter to reflect that much light onto him. I'm all for extrapolating from your references, don't get me wrong, I just think you could make some adjustments so it doesn't look quite so forced.

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    No, I see what you mean.
    I'll definitely work on it. Thanks!

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    Just picked up the book (I think) with that exact same model ref... learning a lot already. Great rendering. Love how you gave the muscles definition while still being very subtle and realistic.

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    Anatomy for the artist by Sarah simblet, it is a good book.

    Keep in mind, a good way to use photography in a piece is to see the form in current lighting, but then to change the lighting to fit your piece, which I think is your main flaw. One shouldn't try building an entire piece off 1 exact copy of a part of a photo, because then you have to guess where the lighting is for the rest of the piece, and make up a believable environment to suit it.

    Try going around to Flickr.com and google image search and look for ref for a peice. This is pretty solid as an anatomy study, but could really do without the BG.

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    @Justin Oaksford: Yeah, you hit the nail on the head. Making this piece definitely made me realize that photo references are better served as a springboard than as a drawing plan.
    Thanks for the comments, everyone!

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