Frans Hals charcoal study. Feedback would be very welcome!
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Leon ter Molen
Dear Prokos, (I feel there should be a name for users of this community ;) ), This is a study in charcoal of the painting "Laughing boy" by Frans Hals. I always feel joy when I see the orginal portrait (on view in the Mauritshuis in The Hague). I think that my study is quite rough and could use some more work on edge and shape design, and likeness I see now. But I am really curious what your feedback would be. Thank you for your time! Cheers, Leon
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LAUGHING BOY ORIGINAL
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jcarter20
Leon, your study is very close to the original, feels very solid with a good sense of three dimensionality and is very nicely done. You might be a bit off on your construction and proportions of the cheek areas but overall a very good drawing. Would love to see more!
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Leon ter Molen
Thank you!! Will work on my understanding of proportions and construction! Thank you for the feedback!
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gabbie_sucks_at_usernames
Hi! I'm in no way a professional artist so take what I say with a grain of salt ( I'm pretty sure that's the saying haha ) but I wanted to mention a few things I noticed while viewing your piece! First of all, I love the way you drew the hair and shirt, I think it looks really good. Some issues I noticed with your piece is that the face is too thin, this in turn makes all the facial feature look too big compared to the reference. Furthermore, some of the details in the drawing seem too focused upon, especially the smile lines. I feel like if you blend them out a bit more accurate to the study ( if that's what you are going for ). Overall, I think that the study was really strong, especially with the lighting ( which I think you captured well ). For next time, I think I would focus more upon the initial proportions so that the rest of your features in the drawing falls into place. I hope this post made sense and this helped even if it only helped a bit! Have a great day :)) ( Also I totally agree that there needs to be a name for the community haha )
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Leon ter Molen
Hi @gabbie_sucks_at_usernames, Thank you so much!! Your feedback definitely helped. I do feel that I am quite impatient sometimes with laying down the initial proportions. Will try to work on that! Thank you!! :) 'Grain of salt' is correct I believe :P. Your feedback certainly made sense! Thanks again and have a great day as welll! -Leon
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Becca
I am in no position to comment, but for what it’s worth, I love your drawing. I actually think you’ve captured something of the likeness, although you’re right about edge and shape. But, I also think you’ve captured the issues with edge that are also in the reference. It adds to the charm. 😊 Not that it’s easy (I’m struggling and failing with the same thing), but what I’m hearing over and over again is to work on the measurements. Of course, that’s much easier said than done, and I’m working on it too, but as far as I can tell, that’s where you might focus. Maybe this is what you mean by shape. I love it, though. 😊
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