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The last one definitely better. The darkest bits of the shirt should also be the face: the line of the mouth towards the corner, a bit in the ear, corner of the eye. It doesn't take much.
Good work here man, the studies are coming along nicely. The 2 things I'm gonna advise for now-
1) With your colors, pay close attention to the warms and cools. It seems like you're getting those violets into places that are predominantly warm, and the color's getting muddied up as a result. I used to do exactly the same thing, and I think it's from pushing shadow colors into areas that are really midtone. Look at how Mary Cassatt pushes color into her figures, and especially pay attention to where she puts her grave notes. One of the reasons your color stuff is looking oversaturated is that you're not balancing the strong colors with tinted grays.
2) Eyes. Your portraits are coming along nicely, but the eyes are going a little large and flat. When you're doing those, stop thinking about the eye itself and start paying more attention to the socket. Measure where the shadow shapes of the sockets are, look for the brow and cheekbones. You need to create that space for the eye to rest in. Another common mistake is to push the eye too close to the nose- it sits farther back in the skull than you'd think, so watch out for where the tearduct really is.
That's it for now. Keep up the good work man.
Hey, thanks for stopping by my SB. And especially for rating my thread, I guess people were just mad at my mad skills and gave me a one star
Your faces are getting better, but your eyes were kind of wonky. Don't forget eyes are nothing but spheres in the socket. So treat eyes like balls, and shade them like that notorius sphere excerise. I made a quick gif to show you what I mean.
Keep the gravy train rollin'!
I love your studies. I also like seeing your progress on the portraits. You are definitely getting better. Keep practicing, because the results are showing.
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Thanks for the nice comment.
Some cool pastel (I think?) pieces going on. This one is very nice.
I'm not familiar with pastels (or even colors) but I think some of your later pastel pieces have been getting a bit messy in terms of color usage.
I think the earlier works had clearer organization of shapes and of warm vs cold colors.
Maybe try working with a very limited palette.
The structural portraits and head sketches on page 9 are nice. It would definitely be good to do a lot more of these. Studying the head and face does wonders in improving drawing skill.
Anyways, you're drawing lots from life which is excellent.
Keep goin' strong.
Hey Lots of really good studies on planes and figure construction....by the way lov the avatar.......
Can you not save the dark black for just the darkest bits; it's leaving you no room in between.
Thanks everyone for the support!
AlexTooth - thanks, but what's really amazing is that caricature you did of that guy in the hat. Excellent work there! I also really like the digital still lifes and pretty much everything in your sketchbook. Thanks for stopping by, and don't be afraid to give some harsh crits here!
Aztecfireflower, thanks again for the excellent caricatures!!! That really made my month when I got 'em. I'd love some crits on portraiture.
IrishDrunk - it used to be whoever I drew ended up with the highest grades, like a good luck charm, but these girls never study. I don't know what they're thinking.
Blackspot, thanks for the advice, but which areas are too dark?
Last edited by TASmith; December 13th, 2009 at 06:38 PM.
Grandmassa, god bless you, you always make people feel good, whenever you post. I wish I could have that effect on people. Don't be afraid to give a crit - when Black spot tells me I'm screwing something up, that's what I really need.
Here are a couple sketches. The pencil portraits are weak, but they actually look a lot like the people I was drawing. The nudes are from photos - I wanted to see if I can still draw in rough proportion. I might redo some of these later - I want to try and clean up my use of line to show shape and value. So I'll try and plan out the next ones more.
I just felt that the shirt had too great a contrast compared to the values on his face. I'm not always right.
The last 3 nudes are wonderfully abstract, especially the last one.
Do you give yourself ample opportunities to put some distance between yourself and your drawing pad? It would greatly help in drawing some of the basic shapes more correctly. Alternatively, you could get a small mirror (we use 1'x1' mirrors from a hardware store in the school studio) and observe your drawing through it. Not only will it flip the image, but it will also simulate standing further back.
EDIT: I meant to mention that my advice is for life drawing. I don't know anything about using references.
Last edited by Ninjerk; December 31st, 2009 at 04:48 PM. Reason: clarification
I'll have to agree with the others that the eyes aren't quite coming out right. Although you did better on the gentleman you drew a month ago, overall the eyes in your portraits look very flattened while the rest of the drawing looks more three dimensional. Not that there's anything wrong with flatness, but it is odd when one part is flat while the rest is not.
Sometimes, if I'm having an issue making the eyes look three dimensional, I will go so far as to draw the eyeballs as actual spheres and then draw the eyelids on top of those spheres. More often than not I've found that doing that extra step will solve any issues I have with the eyes. This procedure also works with any other part of the body (for example if you can't get an arm to look "right", try drawing the bones and then the muscles).
As for the nudes, have you been looking over at Chris Legaspi's site? It looks like you may have from how you construct the shadows. However your hatching is rather arbitrary, which I've always felt to be distracting at best and confusing at worst. I'd suggest either hatching everything in a consistent direction like Mr.Legaspi (which flattens out the shadows and accents the rest of the form) or drawing your hatchmarks along the contours of the form like Michelangelo and other old masters (which describes the form in a clear and pleasing manner).
Otherwise nice work TASmith. Just keep up with the updates and don't become a slacker like me! :)
-My work can be found at my local directory thread.
Blackspot - the shirt was black and white, plaid. I started to draw it when he moved, moving all the wrinkles around. At that point I just gave up and left it unresolved, and put in the crappy background around it in an attempt to bring more attention to his face. I've been staring at this work for awhile, and I think I'm going to play with it a bit and see if I can't make it seem more resolved. But you're right, the whole treatment of the shirt and background is clumsy and unfinished. Thanks as always for your input!
Ninjerk, no I don't, and that's a good idea. Again, once the studio's finished... Then I can put something on a wall and stand back from it. I usually draw without my glasses (which I leave in the car) and I scoot up close to whatever I draw, so foreshortening gets to be a problem. I think that's partly why the eyes I draw are always faulty. I remember seeing a tutorial that said the face was five eyelengths wide, and I didn't believe it - partly because the example sketches looked bad to me, but also because, when I looked close in a mirror, it seemed the eyes were closer to the sides. I was looking too close, and only seeing the brow ridges. That's why so many of my faces have such large eyes... As for the flatness, yeah I have a hard time with values when the skin is a different color than the whites of eyes, and my natural inclination is to make them lighter. It's all stuff I need to study more.
ZhouPeng, thanks, but you're still way better. Keep it up!
Anid Maro, thanks! You're right about the eyes and the hatching. Those figures I posted are sloppy. I keep meaning to redo them, but right now I just feel like crap, and can't get myself to do anything... At least I've been reading a Slovak book on art. I'm trying to learn the language enough to talk about art in Slovak. It's really hard so far...
Here's some origami I've been doing for Christmas tree ornaments. In Slovak, origami means "we're all puking".
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Politics and religion aside (sorry again If I was rude or anything)... I had to check out your sketchbook. Your paintings are beautiful, especially the landscapes! Love the paper crafts as well. Don't have a crit (I blame religion and politics for draining my dear little brain, haha, i'm generally a pretty quiet person). You're heading in the right direction. Good stuff!
Is that first pic last post a paper cut out? It's rather good and has a great sense of style. You should do more.
Yeah, it's a collage with some Colorite paper. It was a lot of fun to do, but it made quite a mess, which my wife didn't like. I also need to find a better glue that's easier to control - fine lines. Cleaning up all the excess was a pain. If I do another it'll probably be a landscape. Faces are fun, though with it. It also takes a very long time. Here's a collage I made back in 2004.
Last edited by TASmith; January 8th, 2010 at 03:35 PM.
That's a nice landscape. I hope he liked it. Even that early collage had style. When you get your studio, you can do loads more.
Hi TASmith, many thanks for your Comment on my Sketchbook.
Itīs great that you do your studies in so many directions, mediums and styles.
I like that.
Try do do more Master Copies too, and draw Anatomy as hell!!!
Turbosnail: Thank you very much! Don't be afraid to crit the work, say what you think's not working.
Robolus, thank you very much, I will!
BlackSpot, thank you! I'd like to do some landscape/forest collage pieces. At some point.
Marria, thanks for the compliments! Don't be afraid to give me a good crit, and I'd always like to hear an update about what's going on in Pakistan! Stay safe!
Grandmaster, thanks! But I still want some crits!
I made this at the beginning of the month. First time I tried to do something artistic out of snow. It's my wife and son.