I am a beginner in portrait arts. I would appreciate is somebody could spend a bit of their time to see my drawings and comment. My medium is graphite and colored pencil. I'm not confident enough to construct overall feature of a face that is why I painstakingly draw details immediately which is quite time consuming. Please bare with the picture as this was taken only with a phone cam. Thank you.;
First i would like to say that i liked everything i just saw. I am not an expert adn am a beginner myself and i admire what you have here..theya re all so beautifully done. i have yet to post any of my things on this site..an i ahve been out of practice for so long it will take me a while to get back on my game.
So i say kudos to you.. sorry i dont have any advice or instruction to offer you. but they are all just very lovely and look great. i think your doing quite well im captivated and in awe of your talent..
One thing i would liek to see listed are the demensions and waht medium you used.anf if possible could you date them or give a round abotu tiem fram of when they were done? . Are you planning on finishing some of the colored pencil ones where its only a partial face..????
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All nicely rendered. The third from the bottom, with it's misty look, grabbed my attention. Something about the eyes make it quite alluring. The second from the top I found engaging too. They are all very nicely done.
I agree, they are all very good. I think the 3rd from the top is just absolutely stunning! Beautiful lines and the way you pulled back the detail in the beard to keep the focus on the eyes is excellent work. My only advice is to keep doing what you're doing!
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Actually, I never knew I had this ability until I tried late last year. There just came an inspiration and I thought of a way to express. Thank you so much for your time and for the encouraging words. I hope I can already see your portraits as well and we'll both be sharing what we learn as we go along. Yeah it should be that I place dimension but they were done on an a3 paper. The two unfinished dark colored skin I had already finished but they were not good. It came out so plain. The partial Hindi boy, I finished which you can see on the last picture i guess. Thank you once again.
Thank you for your comment and your very encouraging words.
Hi. Funny, my not finishing the beard was unintentional. It was only because I could no longer follow the lines. Thank you so much for you very inspiring words. Will post more soon.
LOL that is funny. Sometimes we can do fantastic things from totally incidental decisions! Learning how, why and when to do it again is when mastery begins to take shape.
Outstanding. Not sure how you classify beginner but i should show you my first paintings to help adjust your classification criteria lol. Very nice, the first one is great and i prefer it to any of the colored ones.
Looking past detail in favor of a holistic type structural diagram of a picture is very hard at first because you think if it doesn't immediately look like the subject you want to start again. Whatever you are doing you do well and it works for you, i think the details last approach is just some people preference if the other way doesn't work, don't let anyone tell you what you do is wrong, do what works for you.
I really like these.
Archisabelle - you mention that you would like some comments on your drawing. What are your goals with portraiture? If you're going for capturing a true likeness, I'd say you're off to a great start, but there are elements within each piece that could be taken further. Overall, I think your graphite work is the best. Focusing on value without the distraction of color will help you to work on your form and likeness. I would recommend experimenting with that to keep developing your skills.
I would also recommend working on the overall structure, too. You already mentioned that you're not confident in that - which is completely understandable because it is a big challenge and easy to make mistakes. Practicing it will help you achieve unity in your drawings. And remember, make lots of mistakes. It helps you get better!
Keep working hard and pushing yourself - you've obviously got the skills to become a master at portraiture!
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Very good start. Ducks take to water naturally because that is what they do. Some people are wired to easily understand math, have a good sense of direction... Some people are "wired" to understand and create art, it seems as if you are one of them.
You have a talent. More importantly, I can see you have a desire and ability to focus and complete. You'll never get anywhere without drive, focus, and determination.
My critique? Your compositions need help and you aren't building the forms. If you're serious about being a portrait artist, you should pick up a book on anatomy (Andrew Loomis) and then take some classes or a workshop. I currently have a series of videos you'd be interested in, which follow the completion of a recent portrait commission. (trailer | videos)
Let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you so much, Sir. I have just started reading the book by Andrew Loomis. above is one of the latest portraits I have made drawn in colored pencil (reeves). I still apply the same technique as I used to but surely I will muster the courage to draw losely and would focus as much on the composition. I have visited your video tutorial as well. Thanks a lot for what you have shared.
All the best,
Hi, your graphite work is great and you certainly have talent. I enjoy using coloured pencils also,especially for portraits. If you would like to see some inspirational coloured pencil work from Australian artists go to http://matthews.alphalink.com.au/index.htm and http://www.jasminejan.com.au/index.htm Have fun.