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Nice work! You have captured those emotions well.
Design-wise it works aswell. One might think that her arm is too close to the edge but visually the sitting boy (left from the centerline) is balancing it. Maybe the whole composition should be slighly more to the left, but that’s just maybe.
In terms of anatomy i’m not sure about her left elbow, but maybe it really looket that way.
Thanks for sharing!November 4, 2021 at 2:16 am in reply to: Nude figure on toned paper with charcoal and chalk #1908259
Thanks for the comments, Lewis!
I post the reference photo that I used. As you can see the face is not completely in shadow. Her cheekbone slightly catches direct light. Jaw and chin catch some reflected light. It’s true that on my drawing the jaw and chin are too light compared to the reference. Well, that was my interpretation of that model on that moment. That was the level of my skills on that moment. I think I have learned my lessons there. I believe that at one moment artist must let go of his/her artwork and move on. Otherwise there’s a chance that you overwork your artwork and f*** it up. One must accept that it’s the level of your skills at the moment, learn your lessons and move on.October 30, 2021 at 11:41 am in reply to: Nude figure on toned paper with charcoal and chalk #1885669
Sorry about the lazy reply. There are many good courses about figure drawing. My favourite NMA course about figure drawing is Constructive Figure Drawing with Steve Huston. It’s thorough and understandable.October 23, 2021 at 5:42 am in reply to: Nude figure on toned paper with charcoal and chalk #1857830
Thank You, Anita!
Thanks, Daniel !
Answer to Leos. I think that the facial features look bit off and too far from each other because of all that darkness between mouth, nose and eyes and the fact that their edges are also lost in that darkness. I post a rough face drawing before I started to cover it with dark hair and adding shadows. On the original reference photo there were hardly any facial features visible.
In general I tried to be relatively similar to the reference photo.
Answer to Simon. I think that the shading looks kind of neat because I tried to avoid any crosshatching and made sure that all shading lines are somewhat parallel and follow the form. And I took my time to make that shading. It took me approximately three days to complete that drawing. I tend to use softer pencils. On this drawing I used 3B, 4B and 5B for shadings and 8B for hair and darker shadows.
But sometimes I do shading that is parallel but that doesn’t follow the form. It’s just for getting right values to right places. Just like on this portrait of Estonian olympic medalist (gold and bronze). All the shadings on the face are at 45 degrees.
Thanks for your feedback, Leo! Good to get opinions from a fresh eye. After few days of drawing a figure it’s hard to have a fresh look by oneself.
Thanks for the feedback!
It’s true that the cast shadow might/should be with less sharp edges, to get less attention. The cast shadow on reference photo was with sharp edges, though. But that’s the task of the artist to guide the viewers eye on drawing/painting, I have to keep that always in mind (:
Thanks for your feedback, Peter and Boris!
Indeed, that shadow of the hand looks a bit cartoonish. At closer look you see the shadow of six fingers. Well, that wasn’t planned that way but was rather a “happy accident” as Bob Ross used to say 🙂 I don’t mind, but rather like if an artwork has a little quirk in it.
All in all I tried to be as similar to the reference photo as reasonably possible. It took me few days to draw, so eventually an artist has to let go, and put one’s pencil down.
PS. More of my drawing and paintings on my Instagram -> https://www.instagram.com/timokaharaart/
Thanks, Vera and Chi! Unfortunately no progress video for that drawing. In my case there’s no intricate thought process. Just observe-analyze-draw and repeat (:
Thanks, Carlos and Lucy, for the comments and suggestions. I really planned to keep it “unfinished”, but fiddled too much with the outlines of the legs, so it didn’t look enough loose and spontaneous anymore. So I finished the figure and added a red colour pop instead. Check out some closeups of this drawing on my Instagram -> https://www.instagram.com/timokaharaart/
Thanks! They are nice models (: