"Nude with Arms On Hips", 18" x 24" colored pencil on colored paper, 12-03-2012
I can see that you were clearly inspired by the neanderthal form. If you're into that sort of thing....well...I don't know what to say. The proportions are not right. The last time I checked, it was NOT normal to have six fingers unless you grew up near power lines or toxic sewage.
Honestly if you cover her face her body doesn't look so bad. excluding the right foot and the six fingered hand. I think you should not be afraid to exaggerate lights and darks. Sometimes it's necessary to make a light shadow look a little darker. using cool and warm colors for that are a good idea. never use black...NEVER USE BLACK. ever....seriously.
I see you have used purples and warmer reds to accentuate form and I urge you to keep doing that. also, taking some drawing courses at a university would be of great use to you.
Hi, I'm not going to be nearly as harsh about this, because I know you want to improve. Now I don't know if you were working off of a model or just out of your head, but there are a few things to bring up. First I wouldn't recommend using a green paper for colored pencil work like this as its going to throw your colors off. Typically its best to work on white, grey or tan paper for colored pencil. The face is too elongated and very triangular, I think this has to do with the positioning of your nose and the eyebrows. The neck is too thick and needs definition. The chest also seems very flat and very sunken.
You have some decent values going on with the lighting, shadows and skin tones, but the green paper throws them off.
I have been following your work over the last year or so and there has been a steady improvement. Also, you seem to have an enthusiasm for drawing and painting that is refreshing to see. In other words it looks like you are having fun.
The colored pencil drawing you have posted is pretty good for a beginning effort. You have done a lot of things right. For example, the general proportions of the height of the figure are close to being correct.
Here are several suggestions that, with study and practice, should help your work a great deal:
• Obtain the book "Life Drawing" by Robert Barrett, published by North Light books and available from Amazon.com. It is a soft cover book, so you can open it up and use it like a work book. Study the form, structure and proportions of the figure. Become used to several ways of rendering the figure.
• Work in black and white —meaning pencil or charcoal etc.—or black and white on toned paper, using white pencil as an accent tone. You should master the anatomy and drawing of the figure before you try to tackle the figure in color.
• The contours and muscle structure of the figure is complex. Therefore, it is best to sketch figures from life or from photos rather than drawing figures from your imagination.
• Study how an artist like Barrett shades the figure, using tone to add volume to his drawings.
That's it, Charlie. Follow these steps and I gaurantee you will not only have a lot of fun but you will see a vast improvement in your work within the next six or seven months.
Best of Luck,
Thank you, Wicked-nick. This was done in a class room with a live model. A learning experience.
Thank you, Paul. I have not done much with "life drawing" since the class but plan to do some from time to time.
Did you intend for her to be a abstract? Were the features you exaggerated in response to how she carried herself? She is an ugly woman with a smug look. Prehistoric, yes. If you saw her as such then youre right on. Are you looking for a more photo realism approach definitely keep studying. You have the ball rolling at abstract. Put her in a macabre setting or with some abstract dinos and there ya go. Keep in mind the audience you are looking to attract while drawing these features.
Iam just a hobbiest myself so my word is just my opinion.
Thanks Crissie. This was for a class, so learning. i have not done much of this lately. May do some more at an other time.
Lets keep our criticism constructive and positive.
In a relatively short time, Charlie's work has improved a great deal. He has always had the personal courage to request us to critique his work. Comments such as "ugly" or "prehistoric" looking are not helpful. They are discouraging.
To anyone who has followed the work Charlie has posted, it is obvious that he enjoys drawing and painting immensely. Through the years, people have told me that you learn to draw and paint by drawing and painting. Charlie is doing that, painting what ever subject interests him.
Each painting is a step toward better work. That is true for all of us. Learning to draw and paint is a life long journey.
Charlie, keep up the good work.
Thank you Paul. I think she did not realize that that was in a class room setting when it was started and later finished so you are right in that we all learn by doing. She was not the first to come down on me and was not as bad as the first guy who came down hard on every body. I have not seen him on here for some time now. I hope she becomes constructive in her criticism of others work.
Sorry Ill explain further. What I was meaning was he already has a gift. He has distinct styles. Ive always felt when you force yourself to do something you are not its like rolling the rock uphill. When you follow what you are good at its like pushing the rock downhill it all flows together effortlessly. There is no way I could emulate what he created here, to me he is accomplished in the art of abstract. The features he captured were the ugly ones, his work is not ugly. Do you see what I mean? I havent checked out the other works yet but I plan to. Im sure Ill get a better understanding, I look forward to seeing entire compilations. When you see an attractive person what makes them so? Tanned skin, long lashes, wavy hair, toned, and fit. Do you see beyond the skin and feel their soul and its coolness or warmth and bring that out in your work. Does arrogance show itself with a smug look and cocked head. That is what I see here you have the ability to see beyond what everyone ekse does.