Zhenya Morgatskaya
Zhenya Morgatskaya
Toronto, Canada
Anatomic pathology with art on the side
Zhenya Morgatskaya
I wanted to add some fancy apparel without being too strict with placement. I think a mouse's head is already cute enough and a hat would overdo it. Clearly, the solution is to but it on its butt instead.
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Zhenya Morgatskaya
Here are my little observation blips!!
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Zhenya Morgatskaya
Day 4 - Tried out the boots from the CSI WITHOUT simplifying. I'll post the simplified version separately onto the CSI assignment page
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Day 3: just a lil DS2 figurine
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Day 2: I added a chonky shark to the regimen
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Zhenya Morgatskaya
Day 1: I've been working on dynamic poses, and adding details (2B) overtop quick figure drawings (blue) to learn to keep dynamic poses from getting stiff when adding anatomy and clothes. I'll try to transition to real life objects some of future posts to keep more in-theme with the assignment
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mikriarktos
A bit disappointed that I posted my drawings in the comments instead of the assignment tab but it was great to see everyone else's work and learn from the critique.
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Zhenya Morgatskaya
Yeah, I'm definitely a bit bummed out. New to the site and didn't know there was a difference.
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RJ Gabriel
Hopefully I’m not too late to submit for critique! This is my Level 2 submission. Aside from the darkest value, I feel I’m struggling with pushing values overall. This was a whole lot of fun though
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Zhenya Morgatskaya
I do really like this one, actually! The proportions are done pretty well. One thing that jumps out is the whites of the eyes look like your lightest value, whereas they're actually in the shadows on the reference.
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Katie
Of course I procrastinated until the last day but I wanted a chance to be included in the critique video. Fingers crossed! Portrait attempt after watching the demo, which was awesome, thank you Stan! I feel like I already learned so much but there’s so much more to learn. I struggled with laying down clean values among other things.
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Zhenya Morgatskaya
I actually think this is very well simplified, and the likeness is there! Like you mentioned, the shading could be cleaner and the transitions between values could be sharper.
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Dan Stevens
Here is my 5th or 6th attempt at the simplified portrait. Lost count lol. This was a very difficult task. It’s amazing how easy it is to mess up proportions and the general feel of a portrait using straight lines, sharp edges, and 5 values.
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Zhenya Morgatskaya
Love the improvement on that simplification!
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Dan Stevens
Hey guys. Here is my attempt at simplifying the pears in reference images 1-3. Critiques welcome. I’m having a hard time simply identifying shadow from dark halftone and committing to the shapes. I feel like every time I look at the pear I see a new shape that falls in between values.
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Zhenya Morgatskaya
I was struggling with the exact same problem when doing my assignments. All three of my pears looked different as well. In my case, I think I'm focusing to much on all the irregularities and see the object as a mosaic than as a set of simple planes. Maybe sculpting it can trick the brain into understanding?
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Zhenya Morgatskaya
Wow thank you! I did need a better way to sharpen my stylus
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Alexis Riviere
I went with a pear that was more to my liking, but damn, I could have chosen a simpler one. ^^' I must say I was totally understimating this exercise. For me, who has plenty of bad drawing habits, it's much more difficult than what was asked in the anatomy course. XD No, seriously, it's terrifying how unable I am to clearly mark and define the 5 values without anything blending at some point. I was so busy making their border clear (and also forcing myself to use straight lines for round things) that I just lost sight of my construction lines, and messed up proportions a lot. Now that I put the drawing and the reference together, it looks even more off. The only part I like is the top of the pear, which is surprisingly accurate, and has decent clarity of volumes and tones.
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Zhenya Morgatskaya
I love the honey highlights on your pear!
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Zhenya Morgatskaya
Level 2 attempts. I’m having a bit of trouble removing detail. The first attempt looked more like a mosaic of many many value areas before I started shading. Any advice on figuring out what is unnecessary in a simplification assignment and how to work more with values and less with shapes? Note: A bit of distortion in the images because iPad heavy and noodle arm wobbly.
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Zhenya Morgatskaya
I’m mostly on the intermediate side of this course, but I have knowledge gaps in a lot of areas. Simplification is definitely one of them, so I’ll be trying out both level 1 and 2. These are three attempts at level 1. Level 2 to follow.
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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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Zhenya Morgatskaya
This peartrait is the best damn thing I've ever seen
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william2
So I was doing that excersise where you try to shade in a box and this happened. Is there anything specific I should do to avoid it? Should I start from the top down when shading or is it just that I should try to stop having my hand drag so much? I haven't done a whole lot of shading since I started drawing a year ago so i'm pretty new at this
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Zhenya Morgatskaya
The suggestion by @Anna S is a great tip. I'm left handed and have this problem a lot, since we all write left-to-right and that kind of transitions into drawing. So I start working on the right of my page to avoid smudging over my pencil work. In your case, working LEFT to RIGHT might be a good call if you're right handed. Also, @Andrey Volsky mentioned spare paper. To add to that, try TRACING paper because its either clear or translucent and you still get to see your work without smudging it. As an alternative, I sometimes use a two-finger glove (covers lateral palm, pinky, and ring finger) ... that one doesn't eliminate smudges completely but it greatly reduces them because oils from your skin don't get all over the page.
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