Hey W.I.M.U, One mistake a lot of people do is that they make the highlights in the hair too light. Look at your reference, are the highlights in the hair the same value as the skin? Look at your drawing, is the highlight in the hair as light as the skin? Remember, depending on the material, darker objects will have darker highlights. Hope this helps :)
Well nice use of shapes, especially on the squirrel. Your shading is blocked out which for a sketch and practice is exactly the approach you want. Most of what I'm going to say is just me trying to show you how you did very well and only a slight shift of perspective will help you see where you need to focus on improving. I hope to show you that. There are many approaches to drawing, you have to figure out what works best for you. Hair should be approached the same way. get the whole figure worked out made out of big shapes then proceed to smaller shapes, like shadow shapes and then other landmarks within the figure. If you're drawing long hair on a persons head you'll want to draw hair in "clumps" the Head of hair will be divided into chunks and those chunks will be "worked" to look more like the style you're going for. A stumbling block for people learning to draw in pencil is we think we're drawing objects. Look up Observational drawing, it teaches the artist the difference between perceptual drawing vs drawing "things" or "objects". drawing what you perceive instead of objects will help you out a lot. 1) there's not much fur to draw here. even though you know the animals have fur. 2) remember you're not drawing animals with fur your drawing shapes and tone (light and dark) and utilize the direction of your pencil stroke as well as the thickness. Some shapes you wont want any visible pencil strokes just a flat tone, other times you'll want clearly to see pencil lines going in a direction, sometimes uniform sometimes not, it depends on the texture you want to create. 3) what you drew gives a sense of fur, you did well.
Hi! I went to the museum and got some great animal references. I tried my best to keep the proportions, angles and values accurate. BUT I don’t know how to draw fur! I think I really messed up for the squirrel, it just doesn’t look like the picture. Could someone please share a few tips, i have a bunch of other references but I don’t want to fail them too. Any help or feedback is more than welcome! Thank you for reading and have a good day!
Hey W.I.M.U, This is a pretty good drawing, and the likeness is almost there. I think what helped you is that you chose great reference. Everyone should use reference like this, simple, one light source. What I did was show you in a quick sketch what I see in your drawing compared to the reference. As you see, the problem you are having is that your angles are different from the angles in the reference. These angles are super important, they help us line things up and make them more accurate. Comparing angles and distances between elements in our drawing is crucial to getting things right. As you see in the little sketch I did, I always draw with straight lines, it's way easier to be accurate. I hope this helps you in your future drawings :)
Hello! It's been a while but I wanted to share my latest portrait . Whant do you think of it? I tried to organise my shadows but it was sooo difficult for the hair! I'm not sure about the final result. Does it something like the reference? Or could I improve something? Critiques, feedback or any kind of comments are welcome! Thank you for reading this and have a nice day~
Oh I really like it! I can see that you put a lot of efort in the details and composition so weel done (and the reflected light on the lady's arm). However, I can't really see where the light is comming from in this scene. Still a nice illustration, please keep drawing!
Definitely an improvement from the last drawing. After reading the comments from others I would have to agree with the same. Too many lines = an older person. Lining up the brow, eyes, nose, mouth and chin in perspective. Treating the hair as masses rather than individual strands. But don't get discouraged. This is all the stuff that every single amazing artist has gone through in the past. The only difference between you and them is that they have put in more reps. And you're putting in some super effective reps by trying, asking for feedback and targeting your weaknesses first. I expect you will get better at all this a ton faster if you keep up that method. So, that's my tip. Keep putting in the reps!
Hey! Great job on these, there isn't really much wrong in the proportion or structure department that is standing out to me. What I'd say is organize your shadow shapes a big more clearly. Right now everything is in the right spot, but it's hard to tell what exactly the shadows are doing on the face. This makes the rest of the forms more ambitious and as a result detract from the overall structure of the drawing. I'd recommend looking at the Bargue plates to get an idea of what I'm talking about. I've included one below Good luck!
Holy shit,that's a really good drawing,your value structure definelty improve than before (did you bought darker pencils?).You have better face structure,(it doesn't look like it's being squashed)and The hair has better value control! If I have to give a critique,I think you made the upper lips a bit too light,I think it be good to darken it a little(Here's an example by Erik Gist).Also even though the reference show her gums in her teeth,I recommend altering it a bit and not making it too obvious.(Here's an example by Elvgren,observe he doesn't draw the gum in between teeth and only drew the one above the teeth)I also say the ear needs a bit of work,like for example here's a vanderpoel,there is a dark outer part in the ear that I feel is too light on your drawing. But all in all,Dude fucking well done man,you improve a hell of a lot! (P.s. the drapery on the shadow area still need work,I didn't wanna go into detail because it may be overwhelming ,so I'll just leave you this video https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=S1eR1rcPlHc Also happy valentine too)
I am sorry but you have aged the woman by 20jears. First yous blend stomp for chading it keeps here young nes, second the cheek and jaw line most be ronde forms and chin wath bigger and ronder. P.S. try for lighting the conté (paris) pencil white. and extend the value rang
Hello! This is my newest traditional portrait. It was a lot of work and fun, what do you think about it? Istill need a lot of practice, but are my proportions right? Or does something feels off? I still struggle with drawing hair and clothes, hopefully it doesn't look too bad. Critiques are welcome! Thank you for reading this and Happy Valentine's ;)
W.I.M.U Can I ask if you did a structural drawing first, or did you try to loosely eye in the proportions? It doesn't seem too bad, but I think with more time spent on measuring and making sure all of the landmarks of the head and face are mapped out before drawing any detail at all, you will suddenly notice a huge improvement. One thing that led me to think this is that the hair doesn't look disconnected as such, but it does look too small, the hair at the back of the head should be almost in line with the back of her ear, on yours, it looks to be more in the middle of her ear, due to a small indentation you have created rather than it being rounded with the skull. If you spend half the drawing or more measuring, marking, and getting the proportions of the anatomy correct, and the other half on detailing and shading, I think you'll see a sudden leveling up of your finish. Hope that helps somewhat.