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Samuel Lemons
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tenohmach
Another portrait student! Whoo hoo! What I’m noticing here is that your edges are great, but your shapes are a little off. I had the same problem with proportions and getting things placed right. The best way I can describe it is that you’re breaking down your shapes very aggressively, when they could be simplified much more. I’m especially noticing that in the hair. It feels unnatural and blocky, when it’s really just a lot of curves. Besides that though, this is a really great portrait! I’m glad to see another student who’s taken on the portrait. I’m sure there are a few others, but you’re the first I’ve seen (just jumping onto my timeline from the other day), so that’s really neat!
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Anna S
I am not very happy with it. My pear looks more like a potato. I got lost in the details again.
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tenohmach
I disagree - I think it really does look like a pear! And the background is really fantastic - the hatching provides a lot of interest. As for details . . . I submitted the following trick to another person, but I’ll share it here: squinting at your reference will help you break it down into its major values. So when I squint at - say - the lamp on my desk, I can break it down into four or five different shades of grey. It’s really helpful when you’re first learning your fundamentals!
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timc1981
It’s quite disheartening seeing everyone else’s incredible work, but I suppose we have to start somewhere. I struggle a bit to see different shades of shadow.
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tenohmach
Here’s a tip I learned in high school art class…when you squint, most items are reduced to their values, especially the major ones. So when I squint at the lamp on my table, I can see 4-5 values because my eyes are simplifying them. It makes it really helpful! The other thing I would recommend is comparing proportions, but I expect we’ll learn a little about that later in the course. But essentially, break the pear down visually into half’s or quarters, and draw from there. This would help you with the left side of the pear and being able to tell where your curves are sitting. Overall though, it’s not a bad first attempt! As somebody said below, you’re now drawing better than 90% of the population. And you’re trying! Trying is a huge step to succeeding.
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Clowndev
Oh boy, first assignment time! I'm just a beginner but so far I feel like my pace is closer to the intermediate, I'm like level 1.5! Well, what to do? I guess I'll just draw a beautiful peartrait ;)) Shading was done with 2B and F (Which stands for F-You-Proko-F-Is-A-Good-Pencil (peardon my french)).
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tenohmach
I feel like we’ve slipped into the uncanny valley. XD
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tenohmach
Gasp! Am I the first one to upload a portrait? Goodness! The first image is one I drew a few days ago, just because I felt like doing a portrait of one of my characters. There is a WILD difference between sketching from imagination and doing it from a reference photo, shapes/values/edges and all. The portrait for this course really challenged me though…I really had to get comfortable with the values and edges. I think I also need to learn to take some more time . . . My shading is very gestural! But I think that’s okay for now. Done from a mental health unit, with three wooden pencils, a 2H lead holder, and an HB .7 mechanical pencil. Plus an eraser. No sharpeners! I’m not allowed them here. Looking forward to continuing the course from the comfort of home, where I have access to more tools and a less-full sketchbook…!
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tenohmach
Regarding throwing away razors: I keep a sharps container where my old razors go. But I also work on lots of different projects and have other kinds of sharp things that I use, so having one is beneficial. It's just an old instant coffee container, glass, with a plastic lid. (Don't judge me; I was using it to enrich some chocolate cakes!) Been using it for years; eventually it'll go to a proper home with the recycling depot or something. Just some food for thought!
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tenohmach
And now that I have FINISHED the video...razors. Razors are really the way to go. Though I've never tried the sandpaper method...hmm. Also, I bought the 2MM lead holder - didn't realize it required a different sharpener! Note to self next time I'm in Michaels.
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tenohmach
Justin Sweet reminds me of Kekai Kotaki - concept artist for Guild Wars 2! Also: this was totally worth the watch. I usually don't have the patience for podcasts, but this one was very entertaining and informative!
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tenohmach
I’m gonna grab a case of pencils to shove into my backpack, and I’m going to start practicing some of this stuff! The challenge will be remembering the little razor knife I have to sharpen my pencils…something I got from a professor that I just never gave back. But I do think it’s important that I return to my wooden pencil roots. Currently I’m just using a mechanical pencil, and you made a lot of good points about using traditional pencils!
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tenohmach
I do just about the opposite of all of this? I work on Mixed Media/Watercolour paper because I like the opportunity to add inks if I'm so inclined. That being said, they DO smudge, so on graphite-heavy pages, I usually spray with a hair spray or fixatif so the lines don't go anywhere. (The hair spray isn't archival, but it usually doesn't need to be - plus I can use it indoors). I also make my own sketchbooks - I found a stack of old books at my local thrift store, gutted them, and made them into mixed media sketchbooks - but ymmv. I *like* making my own sketchbooks. They feel more personal, more like mine. The exceptions are for my classes: I bought both of my sketchbooks for this term.
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Yassin Mohii
Hello All, Happy to be here with you guys, I used digital for those with default photoshop brushes. I took a fundamentals course years ago and since then I wasn't consistent in drawing even stopping for long time, I tried to return back last year. But I found that my fundamentals needs to be reviewed in terms of the visual language that Stan is talking about, regardless of the subject matter I try to learn.
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tenohmach
Everybody has to review fundamentals from time to time! Trust me - that’s why I’m here, lol.
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tenohmach
Technically I started it yesterday, but I enjoyed finishing it up today! I draw with a mechanical pencil on…watercolour paper? I like the chance to go back with inks if I so prefer. With this one though, I think I might take it into Procreate and have some fun with it. Hard to say! Im doing this course to review my fundamentals…during my Thesis Planning term. Yikes! Wish me luck…
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