I love how you're breaking this down into simplified shapes, my instructors never taught me that skill whilst I was getting my Visual Arts degree. I just went straight @ this assignment and paid attention to values and anatomy on my end. I'll have to try the trick or thumbnailing the portrait moving forward, looks like it may be a very useful skill to have available in my toolbox.
So I've already done the level 2 entry assignment. Maybe just find a new portrait with good values or redo the same assignment again to fix any trouble areas? I know I struggled w/ the eyes when I completed the assignment before the course began.
So, I'm starting to figure out this sketch. I'll post it soon need to fine tune a couple things, my question here is w/ toning the canvas in PS. I've used the gradient tool, how do you get that sprayed look to the figure? Is there a function or set up you need to use?
Definitely some good points there, especially on style and imposterism. I liked how you broke down the technical aspects of the basics to the uniqueness of style as well. Definitely looking forward to more from this course.
Brief update: I've been sketching hands a good bit and finally did some digitally that I'm pretty happy with at the moment. Granted, I had rendering and Ctrl + Z on my side in this scenario, but I still don't think I'd be able to do these when I posted originally. I'd love some critiques on how to further improve. (I'm not as happy with the top right one - I used the airbrush too much when more confident shadows would have created better dimensionality.)
I love this course David, just curious though are you teaching how to create an entire 20 page comic? I'm already taking story graphics and penciling from the Kubert School via correspondence. I'm getting critiques from them on my assignments, but if you'd ever love to give me critique on my storytelling or art I'd be more than happy to receive it.