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This is just meant to be a study before I do the main thing. Lol I look like an evil psychotic polka dot clown. If I could please have constructive criticism on anatomy, face planes, light and shadow and shape design. I'm aware the shading is messy as this was meant to be a quick study before the main event. Graphite pencil on cartridge paper.
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I decided to do a ‘full’ under drawing for this one. Any comments on shadow patterns would be appreciated, as the reference has a ton of ambient light making it flat so I had to invent quite a bit to get some interesting shadows 😊 good luck guys
I would really appreciate some help or advice on this one. I can tell that something is clearly not working, but I really can't tell if it's my values / modelling , if it's construction, pencil handling or something else. I am a bit stumped, honestly. Thanks in advance :))
Hey Oliver, Nice job on this still life. I think you did a great job on turning the form on these, and the texture you implied with the highlight works good. The only thing that jumps out to me is the cast shadows, they are very dark and my eye goes right to them. If you have light bouncing into the shadow of the fruit, it would also bounce into the cast shadow, lightening them. Remember, the eye is drawn to the area of highest contrast, and those shadows are really drawing my attention away from the fruit. Hope this is helpful :) The answer to your other question is: Yes, you can always sell your art!
I did this sketch/still life the other day. The painting in painted directly/opaquely on grey paper primed with shellac. And it seems a slight bit off to me. Any recommendations on improvements? One thing I have been thinking of is if the edge from light to dark is too sharp. Second question: does anyone here have an opinion on whether or not I could sell this? And even what price it could be sold at? The piece itself isn't very big (a bit under 10x10cm) Thanks in advance to anyone answering
So you can really hold your pencil in any way you want depending on what you are trying to draw and probably most importantly what medium you are using, and as Dan said: proko and drawabox are great resources to learn that from and their differences. Most of the courses on proko though are not beginner friendly. You can do the figure course but anatomy isn't worth your time yet I would say. Since you are beginning, I am guessing you are pretty excited to get started, so I would start with something 'boring' such as drawabox.com and sprinkle in a few things you are passionate about. I would do some still lifes, choosing simple object that aren't too far from basic shapes such as spheres, cylinders and boxes. Simplification is very important and doing perspective (drawabox) alongside still lifes will help make it easier to understand why you are doing it. It will also make it easier to draw from photo reference in time since you should get a better understanding of volume and form. All that said though, if you don't listen to yourself keep grinding and don't adjust what you are doing to what you want at all, you'll burn out. Remember that you are doing drawing because you want to.it shouldn't be a chore for too Long at a time, especially not in the beginning. Hope this helps and I am happy to answer questions.
Honestly, I think your own feedback for yourself is pretty spot on, as far as I can tell. I would just do it again, and try to get the right tilt of the head and work on smoothnes of transitions. You have good unity in shadow and light shapes as far as I can tell. As Peter said a light lay in before you start adding tones makes it a lot easier to gauge things like tilt and proportions.
So, I think there's some really good feedback here already, and you should only pick a few of them to work on at a time. I have two points though. Each element reads fairly well on it's own, but you are missing reflected lights to bind it all together and feel like it's all in the same place. For example, the blue of the water would shine up on the underside of the fox, so I would add some blue in there and some orange from the fox onto the water. If you have something really colorful, you can try sitting next to a window and holding up the colorful thing next to the shadow side of the skin of your knee, this should illustrate what I mean :)) The second point is about the construction/perspective of the fox's head. Since the ear to our right is closer to the viewer it makes it easier to read if it is larger than the one on the left, so I would make it larger or make the left one a bit smaller. All that said, I think you did a pretty good job with a complex composition
I think you've done really well and it seems like you understand the origins and insertions of the muscles, mostly. The only thing I could find was that, for all I know, the origin of the medial head of the deltoid attaches a bit further in on the clavicle. (Mostly for our right one) Although likeness might be slightly off, it's not the purpose of this exercise. You have a believable human body with good gesture. It obviously doesn't hurt to do one more, but I think you could savely move on.
I think the rythm you found for the right leg in the first four gestures you did would work really well for the outside of the thigh, but I would add another gesture line going from the knee down along curve of the shin bone. And stop the one for the leg at the knee. Also, it's really great that you test of where the limits are for exaggeration, 'cause you can't exaggerate infinitely without loosing believability.
Day 9. Notes: Caught up ever so slightly getting six done today. I am quite, quite sick of doing sculptured dudes with beards! Quite. I'm finding too many poses in this challenge are a) sculptured guys with beards, b) sculptures and c) slightly off straight on to about 20 degrees). It could do with more variety. I'm also finding I'm committing more time to drawing with this challenge, where previously I'd kind of wander off after a while to play games or other distractions. I like having this focus. Almost halfway, phew. Also had fun trying to do my favourite traditional style digitally: charcoal/carbon with some pastel (wrens). Do bird heads count as portraits? :p Once I've completed the challenge I'm going to watch Ahmed's video of him drawing them all, but I don't want to watch it before I'm done so I don't start just copying his ideas. Help: The pen drawing (#36) was really hard with so much beard detail. How do you simplify that? It was so chaotic I just couldn't find shapes unlike #38.
Your gestures are looking pretty good, I think! :)) When you do exaggerate, though, you have to look out for the balance of the pose. If you are doing an active pose or a pose where the model is not standing/sitting this isn't as important. If you draw a straight vertical line (on a standing pose) from the pit of the neck (front view) or close to the 7th cervical (back view) it should fall in between the legs or in the middle of the ankle of the weight bearing leg if the weight is predominantly on one leg. You can see this in the poses you attached. If you look at the exaggerated gesture on the second image you uploaded (the one where she is leaning forward, looking behind a curtain) it would help the feel and balance of the pose if you moved the legs further to the left for example. Hope this helps :))
Here's is Stan's tutorial on drawing hair https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHewz3JbKrQ. A few things to think about when drawing hair are to first focus on big value areas rather than individual hairs, remember the forms of the hair--both the big shape of the hair and head and of individual locks (for instance, curls are sometimes kind of like ribbons), and have areas with more texture and variation and others with less. You can also look at photographs and drawings people have done to see how they do hair.