Hi @Patrick Jones, I am in the middle of studying shading, but I am still following your course and more particularly the video 'A world of enchantment', and I did the attached drawings - the vast majority of them from reference photos. I am struggling with drawing features of the face on a full figure, especially from difficult angles and when the head is fairly small. Has it ever been a struggle to you? How did you go about drawing them better? Thanking you in anticipation, Best, Romain
After watching this video, I bought and read "Figures From Life" and "The Anatomy of Style". Then I tried applying what I learnt in a figure drawing from photo reference, attempting to keep everything gestural. I used mostly graphite to draw, and charcoal at the end to add contrast and make the figure pop up more. I'm not used to anything else than the classical HB drawing pencil, so I feared for the worst. But it seriously came out better than expected. There are still plenty of areas I'm not satisfied with in this drawing, but overall, I'm proud because I know I was unable to produce something this stylish on paper before. It feels good to see progress. This course has already helped me a lot more than I thought it would. I'm sorry for the head cut btw : my scanner is too small for this drawing.