October 25th, 2012, 10:43 AM
Some mad guy
Hey People! I painted this guy within the last 6hs. I would appreciate any comment, critique or advice. Thanks for stopping by.
I would particulary appreciate some opinions/advices about the strong white light hitting him from the shadow side. It was some experiment but it doesnt really convince me. Thanks!
October 25th, 2012, 02:42 PM
The reason the white light doesn't work is partly because it has no source (it simply looks like you thrown it in afterwards for fun, things like light needs planning), and partly because it doesn't follow the forms of the face but instead follows the contours, which makes that side of the face look very flat. I also have a feeling the black shadow is too dark, try turning the picture into greyscale to check the values (I would have checked myself, but I'm stuck on a laptop with only the amazing MS Paint).
The head lacks enough structure, and looks very wobbly in places. Are you paying attention to the planes of the head? And are you using reference?
October 25th, 2012, 03:25 PM
Thank you for the critique! You are very right I never really studied the planes of the head, sth that Im going to make up for now! The pictures form your impressive blog will be a great help. I actually wasnt using reference. The picture started as some doodle. I kept on to experiment and learn more about painting technique. I guess your right with the values. I thought a really high contrast would give the pice some dramatic feeling but I suppose I went way too dark. Thanks again you made me notice this whole head planes thing what is some really valueable new knowledge for me!
October 25th, 2012, 08:01 PM
I'm glad I could help! I didn't practice, or know, about the planes of the head myself until rather recently, and when I started practicing it it made great improvements to my art, so I'm sure you'll see great improvements yourself rather fast. I would recommend Andrew Loomis and John Asaro for this, they're great.
A trick a learned for keeping track of values is turning your painting into grayscale every now and then when painting. Also lot of real life studies help, the sketches in your sketchbook is looking good!
And thank you for the kind words about my blog. Good luck!
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