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post #101 of 194 Old 03-04-2013, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Dreamcatcher!

Here is some progress I made on this drawing last night. I'm liking how it's turning out. (Some detail is lost in the scanner though...)
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I'm gonna see if I can draw those stinkin' Yorkies separately with different pictures-- the pic I am trying to copy from now isn't that great. If not, I will just have to give it another go!

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post #102 of 194 Old 03-04-2013, 05:09 PM
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Oh...WOW. That's the only thing I can say
The look in this guy's eyes..how can you do that? That's just amazing! His expression is so REAL! You know, because most people who draw humans just draw them with either a big silly unreal smile in their face or just creepily staring with a blank expression. But you---you have just nailed it!


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post #103 of 194 Old 03-06-2013, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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Here's an update. I had a lot of trouble with the woman's face and spent three hours on just that. It's pretty close now though, finally. The only thing that's off is that in the photo her head is tilted, and in my drawing it's not tilted enough. I'm still working on the jacket.
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post #104 of 194 Old 03-06-2013, 04:40 PM
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Great work. Want some feedback?

the guy's eyes really read well becaust the very visible pupils are perfectly aligned in that they are both looking right at the viewer. they are both centered exactly the same in the eyeball. The woman's eyes , pupils are minutely off, her right eye seeming to look more rightward, and her left more straight ahead. This is very MINOR. Do NOT go back and try to fix it. it will be more work and you will be more likely to just smudge and mess up. this is such a minor detail, however, since you have a great eye for details and technical accuracy, I thought I'd mention this to you now for the next time.

As to the tilt of the head, it doesnt' really matter since you wont' have the photo side by side to the drawn portrait. however, in the future, you want to lay out this tilt and this sag of shouler, or twist of spine. because, by these minor shifts of posture, a great deal of emotional sense is transmitted. Love and caring and adoration or sadness or whatever is very much shown in the way we hold our head, usually at an angle. these angles can do a lot to things like the line of the neck or shoulder. That's where real beauty comes out. If you look at the greatest Renaissance sculptors, they almost ALWAYS had the head tilted to one side. I am not saying you need to be like them, but that when you start to not only concern yourself with the physical accuracy of a portrait, but how it conveys feeling, then you will need to be certain to catch those angles of neck, shoulder and spine.

As usual, your work is exceptionally nice for your experience level.

Do not worry about the coats being as detailed as the faces . You are not a camera. pick and choose what to give more importance, and lessen the rest. By lessening the rest, that which you do do becomes MORE important.

the shadow values on the faces are probably more dramatic in the photograph. I am just guessing.

Look at the photo in black and white. (your computer might be able to show the photo in a value of B n W only. ) ask yourself,. "is the shadow near her eye , or her right cheek bone, under her hair, lighter or darker than his dark jacket? the same?" that way you can see if you aren't giving the face as much shadow value as it needs.

Now, you don't have to do it exactly ast the photo, especailly if the photo has shadows that obscure things. But, the best way to make something look round (like those faces) is to use shadowing.

Good luck!
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post #105 of 194 Old 03-06-2013, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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Wow! Thank you very much for the feedback, tinyliny!

That's one thing I spent forever on and had a lot of trouble with: her eyes. Since they're not directly looking at the viewer it seems like she is just standing there, smiling for the camera in another direction or whatever, and not because she's really actually happy.

Thanks a lot for the advice about head tilt and things. I really appreciate it and learned from it :)

I already finished it but with the next portrait I will definitely compare tones in the drawing with a black and white photo. That should help.

I tried to thin out her face and make some shadows on the face a little darker and now it looks like the reference photo, finally :) I also shadowed some of the extra white in her eyes.
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Part of the problem, too, is that the photo was taken with a cellphone camera, which isn't the greatest thing for details, sometimes. But the eyes were the first thing Mom and I picked up on... after I had already done them!

Thanks again for all your help. You have no idea!

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Wow! Just wow!
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post #107 of 194 Old 03-06-2013, 07:53 PM
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That looks fantastic! Looks so real.
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looks amazing .... looks so real!!!!!!!!!!
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post #109 of 194 Old 03-07-2013, 09:54 PM
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Wonderful wonderful wonderful! When I get a notification about an update on your thread, I must ALWAYS check it out because I know I won't be disappointed. I just love how your thread continues and doesn't run out of new, breathtaking drawings!!!

Oh, and how are those yorkies going?


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post #110 of 194 Old 03-08-2013, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all very, very much for your comments! I'm happy you like checking on my thread :)

Okay, Well I haven't gone very far in my re-started drawing of one of the dogs, but I'll post it anyway. I decided that I am just going to draw them separately instead of together, because the picture of them together is hard to copy from. They look sad and their eyes are covered up too much.

I'll post the picture I am copying from right now and the sketch. I'm trying to get the hair right the FIRST time instead of starting off with a bunch of scribble like the last try. This is the super old dog. I had to edit the original picture quite a bit so I could see some detail to copy.
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Just to show y'all how bad the second try was (I threw the first one out), here is how far I got.
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After these two dogs and a child I'm gonna draw something I choose to draw. I might try drawing the Hobbit...

Roperchick~ Have a good time taking revenge on those poor starving cows. LOL

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