Nice portrait studies. It's also good to do many figure drawings, I have to do a lot more, too Keep it up!
Good improvement in this sketchbook man, figures coming along nicely. I woukd focus on your line in your pencil work. Obiers sketchbook shows what I mean.
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Excellent follow through on the Loomis stuff! Loomis always makes me feel all nostalgic, haha. Seeing as your learning to draw heads right now, I would encourage you to use reference as much as possible. Drawing from imagination is good practice, but drawing from observation is better practice. You have to train your eyes to see the way a head is to be rendered correctly in space. It's always good to have at least some bit of reference to work on, even if it's not completely loyal to the angle or look of the drawing you're going for. It will serve to better your understanding of heads and expand your visual vocabulary accordingly. I often will draw a thumbnail, basic pose, or "idea" of what I want a person to look like from imagination, and then hunt down reference that closely approximates the pose or look I'm going for. This habit has helped my work tremendously!
I look forward to seeing more of your work!
Good job with the studies. I think you're doing a good amount of observational studies versus imagination work.
Your still life work is looking good and you're headed in the right direction. Good job and keep it up.
Also, for the still life you did in Starbucks, did you use a tablet pc? I've been doing a lot of research into this as I want one, but I just can't seem to settle on which one I want yet.
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If you lighten up that man's left nostril, that painting will be really great. Love the brushwork in this one!
Just found the picture you were using. The nostril is fine, however I would adjust the skin tones so that they're less bright and saturated. It's the stark contrast between the brightness of your skin tones and the darkness shadows that are making the shadows seem harsh. But again, great brush work!
All I have to say is to keep studying, but throw in some more imaginative work just to break up the monotony.
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You're off to a great start. I can see a ton of improvement in a short time.
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Hello mate, where's ya beard? Seriously, I'm gonna give one advice I was given a while ago, which have helped me alot(don't know if someone already told u this). Always try to have a meaning with your study/studies u know like a thought of what u achive to practise with the study(rendering, anatomy etc...)
Also, when I study Bridgeman or Loomis(note this is just how I do it) I do not copy every image in their books, I spend a long time trying to understad then I try to apply it to refr-photos, u could probably try it if ya want.
Anyway u doin a sweet progress keep it up and
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Love those anatomy studies at the top. You've got some nice stuff going on your lifedrawing - have you considered using the side of your pencil/chalk/charcoal/whatever to get some broader, more even tones? Failing that, maybe try wrapping your strokes in the direction of the planes a little better. Some of your shading runs counter to the direction of the form, giving it sort of a random look.
Hey! I really enjoyed your sketchbook, I find it very various and all of your attempts are pretty good! My favourites are your woman faces, especially the look of their eyes. It makes me feel they look into my eyes deeply. So, it is really catching! Your anatomy is pretty nice, and the bodies are chiseled and gentle. I appreciate your effort you put in your works. Keep on posting
Hey Donovan! These are looking great! I can see some progress from just the few post! It looks like you really enjoy portraits (as do I! it's a lot of fun!) I'm sure you've seen this around the inter webs already but stan prokopenko's videos are really great and easy to understand the foam and planes of the face and features! Also Dave Finch has a great Gnomon video that dissects the human head and makes it simply to draw and construct!! I hope this a little! and remember when you start to stress, take a breather and look at something else! to get a fresh eye!
Cool stuff Donovan. i see your improvement really clear. I think u need focus on the value and the correct draw first before we going in to the detail.