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Loren DB
Hello, I practiced a figure drawing digitally, and I'd appreciate some feedback on what things I could improve.
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Jessica Harrison
The drawing is looking good! I like that you have a clear two value read to it. -Keep studying the structure of the figure. To help start with this, simplify the forms into simple shapes such as cylinders, spheres, boxes, etc. You can do a trace-over digitally on the reference and then try to copy the tracing. -Make sure to get a center linen there to help with the gesture and keeping things aligned. You can also use plumb lines (straight vertical lines) to help see where things are lining up. -Try to push some more variety to the shadow pattern as you progress in the drawing, primarily in the way of edges. Those form shadows such as along the quad and breast are great places for super soft edges. Areas such as the cast shadow right under the breast, are great places to push hard edges. Here's an example of the structure of the drawing, and then how I approached the shadow pattern.
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Loren DB
Hi Jessica, thank you for your recommendations, I'll surely apply them. Also, thanks for taking your time on redrawing to show me. :)
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Patrick Velena
Great work on the structure of this study and in keeping the silhouette. One thing I would point out tho is that the head feels a little bit large which throws the proportion off a little. I dont mind the left tilt of the head as it doesnt change much unless its not intentional you would have to correct if you are aiming for accuracy for this study. You can also stretch out the abdominal area a tad bit lower but all in all, great job!
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Loren DB
Thanks, Patrick, I can see now what you say about the tilt, indeed it wasn't my intention for it to look like that.
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Charlene
Hi there. I guess the critique would depend on what you're looking to improve on. Overall I think the shape and the gesture look pretty good.
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Loren DB
Hi Charlene, thanks :)
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Jon Neimeister
This is looking good overall! You've done a nice job both capturing the gesture and exaggerating it in ways that help the pose. I have a few suggestions that mostly come down to more careful observation of the reference. There's a few parts, mostly in the arms and legs, where it seems like you're drawing what you know rather than what you see. - In the arm, there's not a clearly defined separation between the deltoid and tricep (in this pose), the curve of the arm flows pretty seamlessly from the shoulder to the elbow. You've added a break there which is fighting your gesture. - Similar thing with the leg, the curves you added between the quads and the knee are there in the reference, but they're more subtle and in this case your exaggeration is fighting the gesture, so I would smooth / simplify those transitions. - A great way to check yourself on these kinds of things is to look for the peaks of the curves in all areas of the body. I've drawn examples of what I mean on the left here; a curve can have a peak in the center, or it can be offset to one side, causing a slow ramp up on one side and a fast drop off on the other. These kinds of offset peaks are very common in human figures, so looking for them will help you a lot with accuracy and gesture. - Keep an eye on the alignment between symmetrical elements as well. In the reference, the camera level (and horizon line) is somewhere in her mid-torso; that combined with the slight tilt to her shoulders means her right breast (the one on our left) is actually slightly higher on the canvas than the other one, which you've reversed in your drawing. It's a subtle difference, but things like this can make or break the perspective of a figure, which has a huge impact on it feeling convincing. - Lastly, try to keep an eye on precisely how things overlap or not. In your drawing you have her jawline extending beyond her neckline, but in the reference we can see the back of her neck and there's a small space between the edge of the neck and where the jaw begins. Again a subtle thing, but it can make a big difference, so always keep an eye out for overlaps and be sure you're identifying them correctly. All in all these are pretty subtle things! You've done a great job with the overall proportions and gesture, so these are just things to consider for future drawings to help you capture the figure more accurately. Keep up the good work! :D
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Loren DB
Thanks a lot Jon for the insightful feedback and recommendations. I'll certainly put it to practice :)
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