Drawing ‘Nicolai’
Drawing ‘Nicolai’
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Drawing ‘Nicolai’

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Drawing ‘Nicolai’

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Joe Cashman
Doodling along with Proko and this came out. It's only 2" tall, but I'm pretty proud of it. I haven't seriously practiced at drawing for 30 years and thanks to you Stan I'm getting better.
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eshaluportrait
01/22/23: Learned tons about generating volume in a portrait.
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Marco Sordi
2023/1/18. Good morning everybody. Here's another face study from @Patrick Jones's "The Anatomy of Style": Australian Indigenous Male model. Thanks.
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Marco Sordi
2023/1/17. Good morning everybody. Here’s my 30 minutes warming up exercise. Poses from 30 seconds to 10 minutes. Thanks.
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Brett
For the first ones it seems like a basic loomis head with gestural features - interesting. Is this activity from the portrait drawing class?
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Marco Sordi
2023/1/15. Good morning everybody. Here's my latest assignment for @Patrick Jones's course on anatomy. Thanks and have a good sunday.
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squeen
Killing it!
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wickedtuna
This is my try of Nicolai. I noticed halfway the placement of the ear is to far from the eyes, I decided to continue and practice values. Further comments are welcome!
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Sita Rabeling
Did my best. The portrait turns out different on the photo though.
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alexandra00
Hi! Nice portrait, the proportions are well established. Well done! Personally, I would work on shading and refine it a bit. Try putting down the general value of the face, clothes and shadows, don't forget the background, and then build up from there to create dimension. Shadowing the background is important to avoid dark, sharp lines like the one I see in the lightest part of the portrait. Also, it ties everything up and makes the artwork look complete. Overall you did amazing! Hope this helps you at all since I don't have access to this course in order to compare what is taught with what I think
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Marco Sordi
2023/1/2. Good morning everybody. Here’s my today’s 30 minutes warming up exercise. Thanks for any comment or advice. Have a good Monday!
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Brett
The expression on the lips is very striking and you have captured it beautifully.
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Marco Sordi
2022/12/28. Good morning everybody. Here’s my today’s 30 minutes warming up exercise. This kind of angle is very hard. I couldn’t find the right spot for the eyes. Thanks.
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Niklas Nilsson
Attempt #2 Much better than last one, but would love to hear your advice on more things to improve.
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fischei
You really improved from first to second. I am not very experienced but I think to invest in your next drawing more time for accuracy in the proportions would help the likeness. For example the ear is to big and around the mouth something looks off. Also my images improved (in my opinion) from more consistent tones of the shadows. The more even and less smudged it is the more polished it looks for my taste. Best regards
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Niklas Nilsson
Really need that basic drawing course to start soon. 😅
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gabriel habiashvily
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squeen
With Wednesday's face, it's the 3/4 profile symmetry of the features that is tripping you up. Our eye's are very demanding in that respect. Also, the nose slopes down to meet the brow at the top. This is very important on female and children's faces.
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J Menriv
Nicolai 2nd Round
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haziqzkri
thats amazing
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Pat
2mo
looking good!! :) great work
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carlosidgt911
Open to any advice.
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aire2022
I like your style, original.
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Chris Bodary
Took another crack at “Nicolai”. First did this over a year ago in the summer, I believe. Graphite 2h and 2B and white chalk on toned gray strathmore 400 paper.
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João Bogo
Awesome, dude! I was looking through your old work and you progressed a lot. You're handling better your shapes, you are designing your values with more intention and also your proportions gotten more consistent too. There's two things that I think you can improve. I would like to suggest that you study the Reilly rhythms to relate one side of the face to the other. There's a few minor incongruencies here and there. It's nothing serious, it's stuff that you'd get away in a comic book page for example, but in a portrait we spend more time looking at the face...so studying Reilly rhythms would help you lock the shapes of one side to the other. Studying the Asaro Head and the skull would help too and also improve your knowledge of structure. The other thing is how you're handling hair. Observe how more experienced artists draw thinning hair. I like to group the shapes and using a stump to create lost edges with the background. It's kinda the same thinking Stan uses to draw eyelashes (Review the video of drawing the eyes) But again, man. Congratulations. You worked really hard and it's paying of. Keep drawing and best regards
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squeen
Excellent! I love the two-tone. Great progress. The shading course paid dividends.
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aire2022
I like your portrait.
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Daniel Lykke
Here is my assignments that I have been working on the last week. I had a hard time getting the proportions right, and I’m still working on getting the hair more mat instead of glossy but other than that I’m pretty happy about this. What do you guys think? Do you have any suggestions about what I should do to improve it?
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Clinton Ibe
Wow I love ❤ your drawing. What pencils did you use (2B, 4B, HB, 3H)
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Shelvs Fleurima
On the last assignment or the portrait class, be mindful of his jaw structure it’s not as sharp as you sketched it. You did a fantastic job by the way
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Adam Wiebner
Great set of portrait sketches. It looks like these were all in a small sketchbook, so perhaps it may be easier to do such rendering when you work larger size. The strength here i perceive is rendering of hair, the old man’s beard looks awesome and his eyes as well look really good. As you mentioned, the opportunity to get better on each of drawings is accuracy of proportions, and to do that perhaps you can get a bit scientific. To improve proportions you need some method to give yourself specific feedback to practice. With digital tools drop opacity of scan of sketch and overlay it with photo reference and it will reveal proportions in drawing which diverge from photo. Or just use a ruler to check relative key point of features and skulls of drawing versus photo reference. As a challenge to really reveal proportions accuracy, take 20 plus measurements like width of eye, length of forehead, length of nose, and find your tendencies of making a feature or skull section a little too big or little too small. Last i’m not sure if you are using an underdrawing method or not, but if not perhaps consider exploring a constructive approach to building proportions of skull and locating features through Loomis or Reilly method. I hope that helps.
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Marco Sordi
2022/5/20. Good morning everybody. Last night I arrived at the atelier, I prepared the easel and put the work I had started two weeks ago on it. I watched it for a couple of seconds. It was all wrong. I had to delete it and do it all over again. In just three hours this is all I could do… Thanks.
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Marco Sordi
2022/5/8. Good morning everybody. Here’s my warming up exercise. I usually have 30 mins warming up before jumping in to regular practice (anatomy, drawing, painting and digital illustration). Recently I alternate portrait, mannequinization and hand sketches. In 30 mins I know I can’t make a perfect work but I’m using this 30 mins warming up exercise in order to develop an instinctive approach to the drawing and speed up the process. The goal is to find and recreate the personality of the reference and deliver the main characteristic of the character. Any advice or suggestions about it is welcome. Thanks.
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Marco Sordi
2022/4/24. Hi everybody. Introducing Mr. Agrippa👍🏼 Thanks.
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Marco Sordi
2022/4/15. Good morning everybody. Here's my 30 mins warming up exercise & and my first expressions sheet ever... I need to practice much more... Thanks.
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