It's a cool composition! I like the idea you have using the hat's holes to bring in rays of light as an effect framing his face. I think for the blade to pop more, I would scale up the hand + blade together and move it towards the right, where more of the blade can be seen. This will push the foreshortening and set it further apart from the rest of the image. I would also suggest adding light bouncing off the edge of the blade, which you can do just with a soft large airbrush lightly over the edge with white. As for rendering, what I would suggest is to work large rather than small. What I mean is that, instead of zooming closely into the canvas and focusing on small details, try to remain in full view of the image, where you can make larger decisions over the entire canvas. This helps you find a solid structure for all the elements in your picture first. I would especially recommend to start by grouping your areas of shadow and light, as this will be key to clarity and composition as you continue to render. You'll find often that details will need to remain simplified due to light and shadow, otherwise it may break the illusion of the 3D setting or overwhelm the composition. So even after you start adding details, continuously returning to check the picture as a whole will help keep you on track. If there are any artists/specific styles you are seeking to learn from/emulate, feel free to share, too. It always helps to get an idea of what your goals are as an artist :)
Level 2 version. I've had great fun with lines drawing these, and I kept wondering what I can potentially achieve with more knowledge and practice! The possibilities look breathtaking, and at the same time I can't believe how much I have improved already, only just with the very basic knowledge about lines that I learned in this course.
Here is my submission for the drawing from imagination assignment. The rough sketches and reference photos are also included. I spent a lot of time trying to work out an interesting pose without losing the distinct characteristics of the boar's body. The first couple of attempts ending up looking more like a bull than a boar.
This is definitely the project that I had the most trouble with by far. I don't think I did really good, though at this point I can at least say what I have looks kinda decent. Either way I hope you like it. Any critiques, comments, and feedback is appreciated.
This is my first attempt at these. I did them before watching the demo’s. I found it challenging to remember drawing CSI lines. I keep finding myself falling into detail. Anyway lots of room for improvement but I’m fairly happy with the first attempt. Comments welcome.
From left to right: first, second and third try. After the first one I watched the demo from Proko to try to see what I could improve in the next pears. I'm having a lot of difficulty trying to increase the contrast and controlling the pencils is indeed hard holding with the tripod method for shading, I'm using 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B and 8B. In the third one I TRIED to do 3 values for shadow and 2 for light, trying to use the darker value to the "floor" to see how it would translate, but yeah, I don't know if it ended up better or worse. lol Feedback is always appreciated! Going to try the portrait now.
Some more two value studies, which is the theme this week. BTW, I'll be leading a drawing group on two value studies at the Combat Art Studio at the National Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico VA on 9 Dec at 10:00 am. It's open to the public and free. If you are in the DC area and want to join us, the more the merrier.
First attempt is the graphite one, second the one with no background and third one the one with background. I used the three provided photos in order. The first two were done before watching the demo, the last one after the demo. This project was fun, it was also the first time I drew digitally (clip studio paint) and I'm loving this program's brushes. After watching the critique video I found some improvement opportunities myself, but I'd love any critiques, even if just to confirm what I annotated. I know I used colour but it's the same shade of green in 4 different values, I just couldn't resist taking advantage of having exact colour choices with drawing digitally.
I really struggled with this one. I kept on pitching at it but never felt like I was doing a good job of replicating someone else's lines. The Karl Kosinski one at the end is unfinished- I tried using a brush pen and ran out of ink!
A tangerine. Some discrepancies in lights and shadow 'cause I took the photo with my phone but drew it just by looking at the fruit. Enjoyble, but couldn't make it look like a tangerine if it weren't for the stem (if it looks like...). Feedback is appreciated. Sorry for my english and the low quality photos.