I don't know if you're doing this already, but something that helps me copy photos digitally with accuracy is having the photo I'm copying in the same file alongside my work area. Like this:
It's much less awkward than having them in separate windows. Just something to try if you aren't already.
You're figures tend to taper towards the head. Incorrect proportions are much more prevalent in your polished, more detailed life drawings. You need to keep pulling back and checking the proportions and overall piece. Don't fall into the trap of getting bogged down in detail. Life drawings in general look good and the digitals are coming along nicely. Keep at it.
EDIT: Congratulations on page 2.
Last edited by Craz; September 26th, 2009 at 04:33 PM.
Keep it up. The more you figure draw the more improvement you'll eventually start to see in your figures. When in class try to memorize how the body looks in certain poses so you can practice drawing them from your head better.
good going on the value studies.. i'd recommend to spend a bit more time on them so they are right.. they look to messy.. the point of doing the studies is to make a painting that is close to the picture.. so a bit more time on softening/hardening the edges and a bit more detail would be in place.
All with all its great you are doing these, they'll help! so keep it up!
Doing my sketchbook assignment for my Portrait class, 5 head studies, 1 being from a master artist, I chose Leonardo da Vinci, his old man portrait stuck to me, so I attempted to do it. Not really happy with it, but I'll give it another shot whenever I can.
This one is my first head study, being my eyes, in different expressions, proportions are off, but I like the composition of the page, haha.
Part of tonight's stuff, I've still got to do studies of my nose, mouth, ears, and probably a full self portrait.
Nice eye studies. For the old man head, his neck looks kinda long. It will look nicer if you took your eraser and went around the whole profile of the head to make it a harder edge, and then carefully add any shading to the background. Right now everything is mostly all soft edges so it gives it a messy look. You need to clean up your edges and make some hard. Core/form shadows = soft edge, cast shadow = hard edge.
Yea, I had the flu, temperature of 104.7, but the doctors, instead of helping, told me that they'll try to get someone to "Take pity" upon me. We got a call, it would end up being $94 just for me to get checked on. Which we couldn't afford. We literally can't afford to be sick. Heh.
Anyways, here's what I did before I got sick, not much, I've got a lot to make up for too.
Was really off with my pastel portraits today.
Also, I'm having a really hard time trying to get into drawing from imagination. Like, I'm really scared to "break" into one of my fresh sketchbooks.
I'd like to know if you guys have organized sketchbooks or not.
If those are 'off', then I don't think you have much to worry about.
I had and still have the same problem with drawing from imagination. I found it helpful to figure out pretty much exactly what I'm going to draw before I sit down, it helps eliminate the hesitant 'what should I be drawing' stuff.
1st page of every sketchbook is always a big scribble for me, the rest is just loose sheets of paper (I tear out each page as I draw on it) Not organised at all. Helps me not be so precious about my drawings, which usually means I don't worry as much about making mistakes. If you make mistakes, you can always throw them away or just not show them to anyone. No reason to be scared