I was upset that I spent 40 minutes doing the rough lay-ins for just a portrait drawing but after seeing Stan spend an hour and a half on it I realized that getting the correct proportions does take time. That's why a lot of my portrait drawings, while they look like real people, don't look exactly like the actual subject. I relied too much on my pre-established knowledge of the placement of facial features (loomis method hello) that it hindered my observation skills.
Was tougher than I expected, and I might have gone overboard with details but the exercise did help me clarify the surface forms. My 8B graphite pencil isn't as dark as I had hoped, so the value difference between light and shadow isn't as large as I wanted...maybe it's time to learn to use charcoal haha
Hello. I honestly have no idea what level I should practice at, as it seems like a do quite well in certain aspects of the fundamentals and absolutely horrendous in others. For some reason I found the pears more annoying to draw and shade than the guy (although I had my fair share of trouble and had to rewatch proko's video on the Loomis method--which was very handy by the way). I'm definitely looking forward to learning perspective, textures, and shading/rendering certain types of reflections and materials as these are my most un-skilled areas in drawing. Also sorry for the bad photo quality idk what I'm doing there. Critiques are welcome and appreciated!
Take 2 of the portrait, this time done in procreate. I made sure to simplify the forms and focus on designing the lights and shadow placements instead. My biggest struggle with painting is tonal control so I really tried to make sure the darkest halftone is lighter than the lightest shadow.
For those using mechanical pencils: from my experience, stay away from anything thinner than 0.7mm; they are impossible to shade with and their lines often make dents in the page. I find that 0.7mm is good for making thin lines while also being decent at shading, but I recommend getting even thicker ones and just drawing big.
Lol I need to leave this poor man alone. I uploaded my pear this morning and will be focusing on the beginner exercises but just wanted to see where I was at. I’m sorry whoever you are haha hopefully by the end of this I’ll be able to make you handsome and not look like you got run over.
I thought I was pretty competent at portraits but trying to simplify the forms is actually challenging since I'm used to drawing all the details I see.....plus I realized I still have issues depicting the angles correctly in a large drawing since I'm used to doing small pen sketches.