Seeking Critiques for my portrait drawings II
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Geert-Jan Hendriks
So, i've asked you guys for some critiques before: https://www.proko.com/community/topics/seeking-critiques-for-my-portrait-drawings Since then i've created a bunch more portraits. Attached are my latest. What do you think? Is there progress? Where can I improve?
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pollypopcorn
I can definitely see the progress since your previous post. Good job!
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Liandro
@Geert-Jan Hendriks I agree with @Nicole Lee 's shrewd feedback! You asked if there was progress since your older post, right? Well, in my personal opinion, yes, quite some progress seems to have happened between the two posts! You seem to have gained greater control of your linework, and the overall value contrast seems more balanced in the newer drawings. Your rendering skills also seem finer and richer when it comes to halftones and textures. The earlier portraits were already pretty cool (personally, I like a "sketchy-rough" look), but, in terms of control of your medium and your technique, I'd say you've definitely progressed a bunch. About the proportion issue of the head on the second drawing Nicole noticed, I THINK it might be due to a subtle incongruency between the angles of the facial feature lines and the upper wrinkles and bone structure on the forehead, which might make it feel like the perspective would be slightly off. I'm not 100% sure there's all there is to it, but that's what I can notice right now in order to add some complement to Nicole's observation. In the image I attached, I attempted to illustrate some possible adjustments. There's also a little extra thing I see: on the second drawing, while the entire head is in 3/4 view, the nose feels a little bit like it's being viewed from the side. This is a tricky bit, but perhaps shading the minor planes of the nose more accurately and adding a subtle hint of the right wing of the nose might help give it a more coherent construction with the overall head. By the way, just in case you haven't watched How to Draw a Nose – Anatomy and Structure, Stan gives some valuable tips about drawing the major and minor planes of the nose, which might be helpful not only with this perspective thing I mentioned, but also with making the nose look more 3D in the first drawing, as Nicole pointed out. In the image I attached, I included a rough draw-over of the nose too (sorry that my anatomy is not as awesome as Stan's, but hopefully, seen along with his video lesson's thorough explanations, my draw-over will make sense). As for the lips, a quick view of How to Draw Lips – Anatomy and Structure could also come in handy regarding this "making it look 3D" business. One more thing I'd like to risk suggesting is that you consider getting an overview on How to Draw Ears – Anatomy and Structure - I feel like the ears (both in your older and newer drawings) could have a little more anatomical/structural development. Draw-over of the ear also included in the image attached. Finally, by reading Nicole's clever mention of "shading eggs / round surfaces", I couldn't help but remember Dorian Iten's videos, so I'll leave the inks here in case you haven't seen them and would like to check out: . Mind-Blowing Realistic Shading Tricks . Fix Your Shading Mistakes - Egg Challenge Critiques Hope this all helps! Feel free to let me know in case you have any other questions or thoughts. Congrats on your progress so far, keep it up! And best of luck in your art journey \o/
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Geert-Jan Hendriks
Hi @Liandro wow, i'm really impressed in the work you gave in your answer. That's really appreciated. Currently i'm working on Stan's portrait course, so I will definitely check those videos out. Also your draw-over is awesome! I can see more clear where the problems are. Thanks!
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Nicole Lee
Hi @Geert-Jan Hendriks , those are really nice drawings. Below are my feedbacks for the two photos. First photo: Good proportion and nice facial details especially around the eyes. I feel like the shape of the nose and lip could be worked on a bit more to make them look more 3D. Second photo: Very nice detail especially around the eyes as well. The proportion of the head seems a bit off but I can't really tell exactly where. Maybe someone else can share their opinions on that. Both photos: Could work a bit more on shading. One tip I find useful is to keep on reminding ourselves that we are shading multiple "eggs/round" surfaces on the face. Also practice from photos that have stronger light/shadow contrast to begin with to help train our eyes on values. Hope that helps!
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Geert-Jan Hendriks
Hi @Nicole Lee , thank you very much. That's very helpful!
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