Hello Stephen, Great job. I just finished watching the entire series of real-time videos and I got a lot out of it. You gave lots of good ideas about technique and things to think about while creating a portrait like this. But... at the very last moment of the final video, there's a bit of a surprise. In the image below, the left side shows how your drawing appears throughout the real-time videos. Then, on the right side, we see the final drawing in the "Thanks For Watching" screen and it is much darker with more contrast. Can you please tell me which one, left or right, best represents the final image? I actually like both, but I'm about to try this portrait myself and I want to mimic your approach as much as I can. But now I'm not sure what my end-state is supposed to look like. Thanks Rich
I'm trying to find good-quality, acid-free paper for drawing with charcoal and graphite—but with the ability to easily erase. I've tried several different kinds of paper, but none of them erase cleanly. I'm a beginner, so not only do I need to erase my many mistakes, I also want to be able to add highlights to my shading by erasing with the kneaded eraser. Currently, I use smooth newsprint for my practicing, which erases easily and cleanly. But newsprint is flimsy and eventually gets brittle and yellow. I want a permanent paper, but something I can erase on. Any suggestions? Thanks. Rich
Hello, I am a beginner and currently on "how to draw gesture step by step". I am having trouble with getting the right proportion (leges too long, torso too long, etc). Is there a way to get the proportion right or should I just keep on practicing till I get them right? thank you!
I feel like I understand the basic approach to drawing hair as masses of darks and lights. But what would be the approach to drawing hair like this attached photo, specifically the individual ropes of hair? Would you first draw the underlying mass of hair and then render those ropes with an eraser? Thanks, Rich
Hi, I'm a beginner and I wish I could draw as well as this. One critique I have is with the background. All the highlights in the background create a shimmering effect and give the drawing an atmosphere of nervous anxiety. If that's what you intended, then good job. But if not, I think the background distracts from the portrait. My eye keeps being drawn away from her face and up to the area above her head.
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Hi, I'm a beginner and I just started the figure drawing fundamentals course. I've been struggling with gesture. I feel like I'm reasonably okay identifying the gesture, but my proportions are terrible. I'm also getting hung up on, for example, is the crotch to the left or to the right of the pit of the neck. My 30-second poses take twenty minutes while I figure all of this out. My question is: is it better to practice twenty poses in one sitting, or is it better to practice the same pose twenty times until I get it right?