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I'd like to know what bothers you, what could be improved, what doesn't look right, and any other general suggestions about how I can improve working with pencil. Thanks.
Last edited by jetpack42; June 12th, 2004 at 01:07 PM.
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well really i cant see anything wrong with it at all
it looks very nice umm the only thing i can even think of is it maybe needs color but thats only if your looking for that kinda thing...me myself i like it better just black and white?
I actually really like your style of hatching/cross-hatching. It makes the picture a lot more interesting that way. The only thing I can tell you is to keep practicing and perfect your technique.
The thing I don't like about pencil drawings (and I love to do pencil drawings) is that the darkest dark on a pencil is sort of a mushy grey color. It really chops off the tonal range on the dark end. There's no true black in pencil drawings. It's something you have to consider when doing a finished pencil drawing. If you are doing a picture that will require a lot of deep blacks, it's best to use something besides pencil (graphite).
That's the only thing I could think of to really improve the drawing--to make the darks darker and really contrast the uplight. Try tweaking the scan in PS (mess with the levels) and see how it might look.
If you want to have fun, and make a mess, try doing it in charcoal. You get the full tonal range (blacks are a nice pitch black), and this picture would be great for that.
Keep up the good work.
Possibly a softer lead, he's got a point, the main downfall of most pencil work is the lack of value range, not enough contrast, luckily it's something you can simply add and not have to subtract for.
This really isn't so much a criticism as it is a suggestion.
Try working with larger forms and shapes in your drawings. Instead of a lot of hatch marks, define your shapes and forms with your pencil and lighting. Take the hair for example, which I think is probably the weaker part of the sketch. Instead drawing a lot of hatch marks to show where the hair is, try drawing the shape the hair makes and how it fits onto the head. This might give your drawing a little more 3 dimensionality.
Also, up the contrast. The darks kind of fade into the non form shadows in this image.
Again like I said, not a bad sketch, these are just different style suggestions.
Yeah, Jetpack, two things.
There's no need to always shade in the shadowed side of the face completely, just define the placement and shape of the core shadow, that is, where the shadow starts, then let the fully shadowed side of the face come back up to the basic tone of the blank paper.
Don't waste the strokes you're using to shade the form. Wrap them around the surface of the face to help define the topography, instead of straight across the surface.