Geert-Jan Hendriks
Geert-Jan Hendriks
Etten, Netherlands
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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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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Geert-Jan Hendriks
I don't have any critique, but it looks awesome!
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Geert-Jan Hendriks
I've spent this weekend drawing Loomis heads. These are some of my latest. I could really use some feedback. What do you guys think?
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Sketcher Ameya
A nice start Geert.Keep it up!
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Geert-Jan Hendriks
thanks!
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pollypopcorn
Your portraits are nice. One thing you could focus on improving is shading. Your shading is not bad, but if you gained a stronger understanding of how light and shadow works, you could create an even stronger illusion of reality. I would also focus on form/structure some. Make sure that underneath the hair the form of the head makes sense. You can also look at photos to see common proportions and angles (like for your woman in profile). Here are Proko videos on the features and drawing the head from different angles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6-bCgRmcko&list=PLtG4P3lq8RHHFhiyjXP4UT-yUo7pC13GQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EPNYWeEf1U&list=PL39135B8D190B7C97
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Geert-Jan Hendriks
Thanks! I'll check these out!
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Steve Lenze
Hey Geert-Jan, Your drawings are pretty good, especially the first one, and the one of the Rock is a good likeness. I think what you could do to improve is by adding structure like Mr. Jones suggested, it will help you line up your features. I did a couple of draw overs to show you what I mean. I hope you find it helpful :)
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Geert-Jan Hendriks
Hey Steve, thank you so much that you took the time to create these draw overs! They are very helpful! Thank you so much.
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Bradwynn Jones
These are beautiful! Love the lighting on the first one and the profile on second is elegant. Her ear looks a bit off as far as structure and same with the first image. I used to have trouble drawing ears and finally spent a week on the anatomy and structure of them and now it's so fun to draw. The third one feels like there are issues with the features not sitting on the same angle head tilt. Here is attached an image showing the ears in a different alignment from the other features. Hope that helps! Beautiful work and I'm looking forward to seeing more of your drawings!
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Geert-Jan Hendriks
Thank you so much! I'm struggling with other features of the face as well. So I think i'll take your advice for the ears and apply it also to the nose, eyes etc
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Geert-Jan Hendriks
Thank you guys! This is already very helpful!
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Geert-Jan Hendriks
I've recently picked up drawing again after an pause of several years. Although I love to draw any subject, I try to focus on portraits. But i'm feeling i'm not progressing as fast as I want. Attached are some of my latest drawings. Any critiques are really appreciated. Thank you for your time!
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Geert-Jan Hendriks
Awesome cartoons! Where can we see more of your work?
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Geert-Jan Hendriks
They look amazing. I think the cat paining is my favorite :)
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