Leon ter Molen
Leon ter Molen
Schiedam, The Netherlands
Draftsman and painter of people.
Roberto C
Howdy, been playing around with charcoal in Procreate. I'm trying to do one every day. Would love to know what you think.
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Leon ter Molen
wow!! Stunning!!
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Leon ter Molen
October 15: Baby Monster (Sorry, couldn't help myself. Don't ban me please ;) )
BABY MONSTER 2021
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Bryan Wiggins
Belphegor, Prince of Sloth! Ink and Crow Quill on Bristol Board, with some screentone digitally added.
Belphegor
Belphegor Closeup1
Belphegor Closeup2
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Leon ter Molen
Awesome!!
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John Carter
Leon, your study is very close to the original, feels very solid with a good sense of three dimensionality and is very nicely done. You might be a bit off on your construction and proportions of the cheek areas but overall a very good drawing. Would love to see more!
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Leon ter Molen
Thank you!! Will work on my understanding of proportions and construction! Thank you for the feedback!
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Leon ter Molen
Hi @Natali Santini, Great study!! One point of critique for me is that it seems that you kept the background pure white. Maybe making it as dark as in the orginal will make the face "pop" more. Or if you want to keep it light, perhaps use a light variation(s) of grey, being careful not to make it the same grey as the face. Loving the edges as well! -Leon
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Leon ter Molen
Cool exercise and lovely drawings! I wish I could take my glasses off and draw as good as you, but i wouldn't be able to see the screen and paper any more ;P More focus on the overall shapes is an exercise I could use as well. Squinting with my eyes usually does the trick for me.
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Leon ter Molen
Great!! Love the dynamic lines!
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Charlie Novis
These are really good! Love the expressions you’ve captured.
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Leon ter Molen
Love them as well!
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Leon ter Molen
Hi @sparrowsky , I searched on Youtube for a bit by looking for "stop gradient banding in Photoshop". ( so not Krita or Adobe Fresco, I am not familiar with those, but I had the same problem in Photosop once.) Some tips that were given are to check whether or not the "dither" checkbox is turned on when the gradient tool is selected. And also check if you are working a in a 16 bit file. I don't know if these are options you can manage in Krita of Adobe Fresco, but perhaps worth a shot. Let me know! -Leon
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Leon ter Molen
Hi @Anubhav Saini , Beautiful drawing! You certainly captured parts of his face correctly, but I think there are steps you could take to improve the likeness. Down below my feedback. I did a (far from perfect) study of the person based on one of the photos you attached, trying to capture a likeness as well (and also to challenge myself). First of I think that his cranium could be just a tiny bit bigger. I think that the likeness in your drawing would improve by making his lips a bit less wide and a bit more full. Also, his hair in your drawing doesn't seem as dark as should be in contrast to his face, the same for his eyebrows. The "lines" from his nostrils to the corners of his mouth are pretty "heavy" in your drawing, which make him look older than that he actually is, so I would make them less heavy. And although he does have quite a strong jawline, I believe that the "corners" of the jaw in your drawing are a bit too pointy. And finally I think by drawing his eyes closed you made it a bit harder for yourself to capture a likeness, since the eyes are very important 'recognition points'. Hopefully I am not to harsh with my feedback and is it justified. And hopefully it will help you a bit. Keep it up, beautiful drawing. -Leon
Schermafbeelding 2021 10 14 om 19.10.58
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Leon ter Molen
Hi @Becca, Lovely drawing! I think that more focus on measuring the (main) proportions and construction would help improve the drawing. ;) Do you use the Loomis-head method when starting a portrait like this one? I like to keep the Loomis method 'in the back of my head' when drawing. I'm definitely not an expert on the method, but my basic knowlegde of the method often helps me to see, divide and 'deconstruct' a portrait in more simple shapes. Hopefully this helps a bit! -Leon
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gabbie_sucks_at_usernames
Hi! I'm in no way a professional artist so take what I say with a grain of salt ( I'm pretty sure that's the saying haha ) but I wanted to mention a few things I noticed while viewing your piece! First of all, I love the way you drew the hair and shirt, I think it looks really good. Some issues I noticed with your piece is that the face is too thin, this in turn makes all the facial feature look too big compared to the reference. Furthermore, some of the details in the drawing seem too focused upon, especially the smile lines. I feel like if you blend them out a bit more accurate to the study ( if that's what you are going for ). Overall, I think that the study was really strong, especially with the lighting ( which I think you captured well ). For next time, I think I would focus more upon the initial proportions so that the rest of your features in the drawing falls into place. I hope this post made sense and this helped even if it only helped a bit! Have a great day :)) ( Also I totally agree that there needs to be a name for the community haha )
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Leon ter Molen
Hi @gabbie_sucks_at_usernames, Thank you so much!! Your feedback definitely helped. I do feel that I am quite impatient sometimes with laying down the initial proportions. Will try to work on that! Thank you!! :) 'Grain of salt' is correct I believe :P. Your feedback certainly made sense! Thanks again and have a great day as welll! -Leon
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Leon ter Molen
Hi @shanmen riddi, Beautiful!! My knowledge of anatomy is not so in depth that I can help you here, hopefully someone else can give you some feedback! (just wanted to say that the drawing already looks stunning ;p) -Leon
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Leon ter Molen
Wow!! Looking good!!!
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Leon ter Molen
Hi @Elson sheesh, Interesting questions! For me personally 'art' is something that keeps me entertained, makes me happy, surprised, sad, leaves me in awe or makes me angry or annoyed. It can make me laugh. Sometimes art tells me (intriguing) stories or raises questions. Sometimes it's meaningful, sometimes it isn't, just shalllow, but than can be ok as well. It can introduce me to other cultures or different point of views, learn me something. It makes me feel and think about all kind of stuff. I love art, in many of it's forms. I think that I am not the only one who likes to see art in such ways. For me all of these reasons give me a meaning for art, and I like to believe for many others as well :) Hopefully my answer helps a bit. -Leon
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Leon ter Molen
Wow, lovely work!! I think that your intense focus is really paying of! Some artists that I admire are Lucian Freud, Egon Schiele, Ashley Wood, Kim Jung Gi, Rembrandt, Gusav Klimt, Karl Kopinksi, Carter Goodrich, Velazquez, Viktor Kalvachev, Chris Berens, Peter de Seve, André Franquin, Albert Uderzo, Shaun Tan, Wouter Tulp, Eleeza, and also maaaaany more. Hopefully some names are new for you :) -Leon
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Leon ter Molen
Dear Prokos, (I feel there should be a name for users of this community ;) ), This is a study in charcoal of the painting "Laughing boy" by Frans Hals. I always feel joy when I see the orginal portrait (on view in the Mauritshuis in The Hague). I think that my study is quite rough and could use some more work on edge and shape design, and likeness I see now. But I am really curious what your feedback would be. Thank you for your time! Cheers, Leon
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LAUGHING BOY ORIGINAL
Leon ter Molen
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Leon ter Molen
Wow, I love these!! Very beautiful! @felipev99  I don't know if I am in the position to give feedback, but here are some things I notice: - Maybe some more indication of plane changes in the face, for example between forehead and temple / front and side of the head. You mainly make (great) use of contourlines at the moment, maybe a bit more lines within the faces would give them a more '3D look'. - I love how you leave certain lines out or make them very soft; sometimes the correct placement of just some lines is enough to describe the features very beautfifully. I do feel like some structure of those features gets lost though. - I would like to see more necks, and how the head connects to the neck. Well, It was hard for me to find things I would improve. I hope my feedback was justified. I am curious what others have to say! Thank you for sharing these beautiful drawings! -Leon
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