Nils
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Nils
3mo
First digital painting. Worked mostly without reference. I would love, if you told me all about what could be improved in this picture.
Sabrina
Just joined a couple days ago. I'm trying to get better at basically everything, but my favorite things to draw are people and animals. My main focuses are ink and digital paint. I'm also working on improving my animation skills which currently don't really exist. I'm trying to get better at portraits, too, but I have a lot of trouble creating a likeness. (ignore the hand on the 6th image, it looks worse to me each time I see it lol) If anyone has any advice/critiques on anything, I'd love to hear it.
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Nils
1yr
If you struggle with Portrait try to do them often. What helped me is dividing a page into 4 quadrants and then draw a smaller portrait in each one so I could finish multiple portraits faster. I also recommend using a mirror so you can judge yourself better
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@jaffacakes
I have a few notes for things that you could work on but first I'll say that you chose a pretty difficult reference picture and that could be the cause of some of the issues I'm about to mention. I'd usually recommend choosing a subject that isn't wearing make up because make up is designed to trick the eye and alter how the face is perceived so it can become difficult to tell what the actual form of the face is and what's just make up. Also the resolution of the image is kind of low so that might make life hard when you're trying to render little details like in the hair. Also I'd try to find something with more dynamic lighting for the next one, this ones lighting is a little flat so it doesn't show a whole lot of form. As for the actual drawing I think you could maybe bring up the high tones and highlights a touch more to give more of a separation between the lights and darks and build more contrast and depth in the image. Secondly I think there's some proportions going a little off on her right eye (our left), that eye doesn't seem to be quite the same shape as in the reference. I think it might be a little too low and small. Sometimes getting a ruler and lining up the features can help, it also helps with just figuring out the general perspective of the face too, seeing as most of the features are going to align parallel to one another (eye to eye, nostril to nostril etc) if the face is in a symmetrical expression Final Thing is the hair. Overall I feel like its far too busy and could be simplified down a lot more. As I mentioned earlier the resolution of the reference doesn't help, I can barely make out the strands myself. But just for future reference its best to try and simplify the hair down into 'ribbons' rather than trying to depict every individual hair and don't be afraid of allowing some parts to get lost in shadow like on the right side of the her face in the reference, that way there isn't so much detail detracting from your main focal point (the face) Been studying Hair allot recently and I found this video that really helped me a ton https://youtu.be/w0Qh4Cu5ecM Hope that helps in some way
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Nils
1yr
very helpful !thank you
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Steve Lenze
Hi Nils, I like your drawing, it really captures the models energy well. I made a quick diagram to show you some of the things that I think your drawing could benefit from. I hope it helps :)
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Nils
1yr
thank you very much
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Nils
1yr
I was pretty satisfied with the result. But since there is always something to improve (at least in my works) I wanted to ask what you think about this Portrait.
Crystal Blue  (she/her)
I watched the proko videos and did more practice. Please let me know how I did!
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Nils
1yr
@Crystal Blue (she/her) can I use some of these reference photos ? They are great
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Steve Lenze
Hey Nils, I like your idea for the drawing, and in general, it's a good. One of the things I noticed is that your portrait of your girlfriend is close, but the reason it lacks likeness, is because the angles and relationships of the features are off. Having the features in the right place is not all there is to likeness, how they relate to each other is also real important. You will notice in my comparison that your features are all at different angles from each other. The nose is also crooked and too wide. I hope this helps :)
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Nils
2yr
Thank you Steve. Your critique is much appreciated
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Nils
Hi, I just uploaded this drawing to the Proko July challenge. I really rushed it and finished it in aproximetely 1 1/2 hours at 3 am. Im not really content with it. I find a lot of mistakes in the hands and in the head of the cat.I posted it because I was relatively content with the depiction of my girlfriend at the left of the picture. However, when I showed her the result she apparently found all sorts of problems with the face The thing is: I can't see those problems. Even with a mirror. Which scares me because I begin to question my judgement on how good my portraits are What do you think about that face ?
Nils
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Nils
2yr
The reference picture is not photoshop by the way. It's my cat walking in front of me while we were taking a picture. The result was kinda funny so I decided to take it for the challenge
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Nils
What scares you in particular ?
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Nils
—Mahi Mahi in the ocean (dry pastell on paper)— Loved this challenge. Got Covid in the middle of it, but I was too excited about the result, to not finish that one. The image works best when you take a few steps back. Good luck to everybody. *deleted my previous post because I wasn't satisified with the photo quality.
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Erika Gray
Hello, this is my book cover entry! I chose Circe by Madeline Miller as it was my absolute favourite read last year. Circe is a herb-witch exiled to a luscious island, so I chose an art nouveau style as I found the style’s “plant-based” themes and organic lines suitable. She is holding a glass of wine because we know her character from “the odyssey” for turning Odysseus’ men into pigs with enchanted wine.
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Nils
2yr
Great one ! reminds me of Alphonse mucha
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Camilla Schneeberger
My story is based on the parable that Jesus spoke of about the lost sheep. The Shepard (God) had 100 sheep and one goes missing. He leaves the 99 sheep to search high and low for that one missing sheep. The shepherd finds the sheep and rejoices over it more than the 99 others that did not go astray. That is how God rejoices when a sinner returns to him. (Matthew 18:10-14)
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Nils
2yr
Great colors. Very fitting to your subject aswell
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