MJ Nixon
MJ Nixon
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MJ Nixon
What are things about your job that you find cumbersome or annoying? How do you overcome these challenges? What percentage of your time would you say you must spend on tasks that aren't really want you want to be doing but you feel are necessary to the job?
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Hi @Matthew Medeiros , Nice job working on this piece. Portraits are by no means easy to successfully pull off. One thing I would recommend is overlaying your drawing over the photo in photoshop or other similar software to check your proportions. I have done so in the image attached below. You can see by the areas circled in red there are some proportional issues with your lay in. I would recommend redrawing these areas before continuing with the piece. Hope this helps!
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Hi @steven clarke , Great drawings you have here! I really like the one with the birds. My thoughts would be that the head size in the first and fourth drawing looks a bit undersized. Maybe try to catch those proportional issues before going into detail. Another thing that may just be a personal preference thing, but I feel like keeping the backkgound color so dark with very thin line work makes it quite difficult to see the drawings themself. Maybe try lightening up your background colors a bit before posting so that the drawings are easier to read immediately.
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Hi @Richard Barkman , I really like this drawing. Overall, I think it's really interesting to look at. The two things that jump out to me - 1) I find left arm (the raised one) to be a little distracting. I feel like it draws a lot of attention away from the focal point of her chest and legs. Like the previous post mentioned, maybe you could experiment with taking it out. 2) Her hair seems a bit stiff and the shapes seems a little repedative. Maybe try to loosen it up and experiment with some different shapes or sizes. Regardless if you change anything or not, it's still a really great piece that you should feel proud of!
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There's a great reddit post that Proko mentioned a while ago in one of his Draftsmen podcast. It breaks down how you could self study to learn most of the fundamentals. I'll shoot you a link to it here. Hopefully, it will give you some ideas about what courses andd lessons are best to learn first. https://www.reddit.com/r/learnart/comments/dapk62/from_the_guy_who_made_the_most_comprehensive_list/
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Hello @vishal singh , I would like to say that your rendering in this drawing looks pretty good to me. Good job! The thing that is jumping out to me is similar to what these other folks are saying. The proportions seem a bit off. The forehead area seems quite large and the mouth, nose, and eyes are somewhat squished. If you check out Loomis face proportions, it seems like the proportions of this face are somewhat "baby" or "childlike." Usually small children or babies have larger foreheads and craniums with smaller facial features. However, if you compare these proportions to older people, you will see that usually older individuals have larger noses and ears. If you would like to make this portrait look somewhat realistic maybe try to adjust the proportions. Hope this helps a bit. Thanks!
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Hi @Tobias Degnebolig , Mannequization is no easy task but it looks llike you are putting in some good effort here. Two things I am noticing in your work 1) It seems like in some of your drawings you are using a lot of contour lines. I would maye recommend trying to reduce the amount of contour lines you use and instead using one or two really good ones that define the form you are trying to indicate. 2) Some of your lines seem to be worked over and over in an attempt to get the correct shape. Instead of drawing so many repeating lines, instead consider erasing out lines that aren't correct and trying to confidently put down the correct line a second time. Hope this helps a bit!
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Hi Sagnik, Nice job on your drawing today. I think working on the loomis method will help you greatly with your future drawings. My recommendation would be to focus more on output of heads with focus on proportions than on shading and rendering at this point. Usually rendering a drawing takes a significantly larger amount of time compared to the amount of time laying down the inital sketch. Maybe try doing 5 or 10 loomis heads focusing on the line drawing and proportions and then if there's one in that group that you really like, redraw it and try rendering it out. Just some thoughts. Keep up the good work!
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