I just finished this drawing of my friend's two daughters. Please be brutally honest with me. She is moving back to Europe, I'm planning on giving this sketch to her as a going away present, but I want to be sure it isn't too weird or creepy looking. It scanned lighter than the original, but you can get the idea of how it looks. Maria looks slightly older than my reference photo, the baby is is about the same, but all babies look a lot alike. Honest opinions please.
I am sure your friend will be delighted. Without seeing the reference photo, I cannot say if you have a good likeness or not. The sketch if very good, though. And, it's an extrememly difficult subject to draw; children and babies.
I wish you had drawn it on a better paper without so much "tooth" to it. The pattern is distracting. I am wondering if the paper you used isn't actuall watercolor paper, for painting.
The girl's right hand is done with great sensitiviy and looks super. Her left is kind of heavy. You can slim down her fingers maybe, but honestly, that is such a minor thing that redoing it is often more likely to cuase problems like smudges. So, I'd just spray it with a fixative and wrap it and give it to her. She will be thrilled
I would just like to add that overall the drawing is worthy of gifting. The one thing that troubled me was Maria's lips -- they look too old for her -- I supsect if the top lip could be lightened up that would do the trick.
Thank you for the compliments and helpful tips! The paper I used is grey scale designed for charcoal, which I had originally planned to use, but since I am far more comfortable with graphite that is what I ended up using. I agree the tooth did give me some fits, it is really hard to get a smooth shadow using graphite on that paper.
I drew the right hand first, and it just flowed, but it was while drawing the left hand that I realized I have never even attempted to draw a human hand before, I worked it until I was afraid to overwork it, when I reached a "good enough" point I quit. If I had thought about it sooner, I would have done a couple practice studies first.
Thank you for pointing out the issue with the lips, I see where I can improve, in the photo her lips are slightly parted, and I was trying to catch the shadow of the upper lip on the bottom lip, but obviously it is too dark and solid making it look like she's wearing lipstick. I think I can fix that pretty easily.