I'll take a study partner too... You can look through my posts to see my works and skill level... I have a discord you can add so we can talk to one another through non forum way. Though if you'd prefer to just critique one another's works (I may have to be helped to find what to look for as I just kind of see everything as looking good) So you'll have to basically help me learn to properly critique... But other than that I'll always look at any of your works any time.
I just wanted to thank you all for the help you've given me... And to tell a bit of a story... I've had schizophrenia from birth... Ever since I could remember I seen things, heard things, and even felt things... Felt paranoid always like someone was out to hurt me or something along those lines... It was rough I talked to multiple therapists about it they just thought I was after attention... Then finally at 29 I got a good therapist... She medicated me I'm still 29 but about to turn 30 next month... And for the first time in my life I can focus on things that's why I've been learning art I've always wanted to be like one of the masters of art since I was a young boy... I can't afford many of the courses on here... Not going to lie I've got some with unconventional means because I'm on disability and would never be able to afford them... But Proko has been the only teacher I understand and can grasp art through... So I just wanted to say thank you for being an inspiration to this person that lost most of their life due to terrible therapists that wouldn't listen. P.S I promise once I can afford the courses I will of course pay for them... Just for now I hope you don't mind my continuation of using the ones I've found else where... I'll even be glad to point out where I found them so you can have them removed... But please just let me continue watching them. And again from the bottom of my heart @Proko I thank you with all my heart and soul. <3
Hey engramtwilbane, Your drawing is pretty good, it's your values that you are struggling with. The idea of this exercise is to simplify the number of values that you have to use. This makes it more manageable and less confusing. First thing you have to do is squint way down until your eyes are almost closed. You will notice that everything that is dark melts together, and everything light does the same. Fill in all the dark and you should have a shadow side and a light side like a high contrast photo. Then open your eyes a little until you can see dark, and light halftones. Then you add your highlights. I did a quick example to show you what I mean. Notice that his chin gets lost in the shadow and his hair, that's okay. Remember, you only have 4 values. I hope this helps :)
I don't know if intentional for stylistic purposes... Everything looks fantastic but it looks like you didn't wait long enough between applying water color layers and they just for the most part bled together giving everything this gray tone. Your proportions, perspective, and line work are all fantastic though just gotta be more patient when applying water color and get better at matching the colors to the reference/the ideal in your imagination.
https://www.deviantart.com/ That's what I'd recommend... It has artists of all levels... And it has social media like functions such as a chat, message board and so on. And you can even post to your 'wall'. Though I find all forms of social media gross and exploitive so I just ignore those functionalities of it in favor of just enjoying other peoples works.
I'm still new to this art thing myself... So take what I say with a grain of salt. The arm looks about perfect... Actually jealous of your hand drawing capabilities. LOL The woman picture looks off... I can't quite tell it looks almost too stiff? If that makes sense. As for the Penguin you actually did a better job than you think... It looks very accurate to the picture reference.
I'm taking the drawing fundamentals course and was curious if I got close to what Proko meant with the face portrait? Would love some critique so I can learn where to go from here. :) I've only been doing this art thing for about a year and a half now but really off and on so I know I'm not as advanced as a lot of you on here. So, please be kind. :)