I visited your SB when you updated it but I had nothing useful to say, I saw you draw things, that's good...
But I didn't even say anything to your self-portrait... It definitely got better. The eyes are more lively now but they don't look into the same direction.
Your last update: The windows are too near to the figure. There are anatomy issues of course... The shoulders are too thin, the ribcage shouldn't bulge like that, the pelvis should be higher and the leg longer and much more shapely. The collarbone attaches to the sternum unlike in your drawing. Did you use reference? You will need them for a while, drawing humans is quite tough.
The self-portrait was just for practice but I think I will try to fix it more.
Thanks, I was looking at some references: http://figure-drawings.com/how-to-dr...portion-18.jpg and http://femalefundamentals.com/blog/w...on_Anatomy.png
though I guess it wouldn't hurt to find one for the pose (or just use myself as a reference, that could probably work too) and to work on fixing anatomy issues as well.
Or you may do another self portraits, they are useful I rarely draw complete ones but I use my face a lot. It's always available and a real face is incredibly more useful that a photo or a quick glance at a real face...
The second ref is great, I have it saved on my HDD and sometimes I try to draw that graceful figure It seems to me, it's a good one. I'm always skeptical about drawn/rendered stuff and with a reason. I find your first ref bad, even knowing that human bodies can be very different. The arm, especially the lower one is too thin, the breasts are way too close to each other and so on. Even when criticize a figure drawing, I look at different photos about people and skeletons to check if my thought is correct. It's a fuzzy thing because people differ but still, the structure is the same if the human in question is healthy.
working on a portrait... the mouth looks odd, I'm working on it :p
finished my star drawing. I know there are still mistakes but I wanted to finish this and move on. I don't think it's good to be stuck on one thing for too long since I'm still only practicing. Feel free to critique if you'd like but I will not be working on this any more for now.
I feel like I only post one drawing every few days... I need to draw more often!
finished the portrait I was working on
Wow, really like the latest portrait. It isn't really a form study (i.e. missing some shadows, which here is a good thing even), but really works as a picture anyway - the composition, the colour, the contrast. Really brilliant.
And the anatomy is coming along nicely also; try to make sure the figures are not falling over if they are not meant to be - position them strongly on the 'ground'.
Hey, thanks a lot I will try to work on positioning the figures on the ground, thanks for the advice!
I'm really liking your sketchbook. Figures are a pretty complex subject as I am finding out as I attempt to sketch them more myself. I would perhaps suggest, as it has been helping me I feel like, drawing from life a whole lot. I find it to be a lot more useful if I do studies from books such as Bridgman's complete guide to life drawing and then make an attempt to recreate his method while looking at real things.
Keep on rocking and I am looking forward to see where your sketchbook leads.
Hi Minamongoose, nice progress in here in only 2 pages! If you have a chance to go to life drawing it's so much easier to see the form of the figure than in a photo or on screen.
Anyway, great sketches and studies the girl holding the star is cute, I saw that in the critique thread and it's come along really nicely. The last portrait is really good, love the composition and colours.
Thanks jhowell, I will try to do more drawing from life.
and thank you Angel Intheuk, I wish I could go to a life drawing class, if I ever have the chance I will!
Here is another portrait, I was experimenting with the colors
I tried to construct a face, using references for the parts of the face rather than copying a single persons face. The result was rather odd, I think the part I struggle most with is the nose.
I hate when I lose a post I worked on for so long
In short: the mouth is nice, the eyes too, they may be a tiny bit too big and more slanted than normal eyes, it may work but I advise to draw different type of eyes, yours are always slanted.
The headshape isn't quite right, it's too anime like, human jaw is different, our head can't be this narrow at nose/mouth level. Think of the skull... Caricatures helped me to realize important but not so apparent things and connect features. Now I can't draw a single eye, its surroundings lead to draw the nose as well...
The nose is hard from this angle using lines, it barely have edges, that's why.
I tried to do an overpaint, it ended up as a separate face, not an overpaint but it's messy, a Tom Richmond caricature shows the things I wanted to show and that's way better even if a caricature...
I tried to fix some of the problems with this face, but no matter how I try I can't get the eyes to match. I always have this problem even when I try to measure them the shape never looks the same
The eye shapes are similar enough, they are much more different on many real faces (not just because the eyes are that different but they aren't opened the same...etc.). It's natural and much better than two completely symmetrical eyes. I saw a face once where the two sides were mirror images, done by a beginner artist who lacked self confidence and loved cheat, seemingly... Bad idea if you ask me.
The face shape is much better.
The mouth is still too low, well the nose too. There are zillion different faces but the mouth got too close to the chin IMO. At least it disturbs me.
...I understand it's hard to fix that using pencils though, maybe next time.
You should draw zillion faces anyway.
I haven't been in my sketchbook in a while... guess that's what happens when I spend my time working.
First one is just an idea from the top of my head (no references or anything.. clearly) really rough and messy.
Second one is a portrait in progress. Looking at it now, I think I've made her chin too narrow.
Finished the portrait. I think I overdid the eyes a bit... but the friend this was for liked it anyway
Good work on the last one. And I like the eyes too. You might want to push your values more though, so it looks more realistic.
I really like the first piece in post #47! It has good construction and I can get the sense of form from it. Would like to see you post more!
I agree you should post more! Also yea the eyes seem a little off to me I think you could fix the pupel.Also I dont know the correct term but also think if you added some of the color changing string like things in the eye it would be even better. Goodluck
Thanks everyone for the posts and advice
Here are some more sketches, sorry, I've been a bit busy lately.
Sketches seem a little stiff, but glad to see you keep on workin!
I love the gestures and head.
keep drawing! Your style is awesom
some more stuff (again it's been a while, sorry!)
You're looking good! But you miht want to study the face a bit more.
I think some nose studies would help you improve! Keep drawing!