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critique me please, portrait
beatshoes 
30/6/08 11:16:57 PM
Guru

http://www.beatshoes.com/misc/face-1.jpg
so, for some reason i had this face floating around in my brain.

so i drew it.

using a cheap little bamboo tablet.

and i thought, hey what the hell, why not see what people think.

see if people have any tips for a hobbyist - beginner like myself.
what to improve and how.

constructive critisism welcome.

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superfireydave 
1/7/08 5:52:27 PM
Titan

Okay, well you should be able to see the deficiencies, but you can sketch better than I can =P

The shape of the head isn't great, and the highlights feel glossy.
The texture of the hair is nice, but the texture of the jumper leaves a bit to be desired.

Anyway, for a beginner it's good. And you're better at sketching the human form than I am =P

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beatshoes 
1/7/08 7:29:44 PM
Guru

Quote by superfireydave
Okay, well you should be able to see the deficiencies, but you can sketch better than I can =P

The shape of the head isn't great, and the highlights feel glossy.
The texture of the hair is nice, but the texture of the jumper leaves a bit to be desired.

Anyway, for a beginner it's good. And you're better at sketching the human form than I am =P




ta for feedback,
i was having awful troubles with my lcd's, colour is so hard to get right, these stupid things wont calibrate.

next time i will try to work off some reference pics, to get a better shape perhaps?

and yeh, getting rough/matte textures is hard it seems,
anyone know any tricks?

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superfireydave 
1/7/08 8:10:35 PM
Titan

An 8bit monitor is desirable for graphic work, so if you don't have one perhaps save for one if you want better colour =P

Reference pics are a good idea, certainly to get the right feeling for the shapes. The biggest mistake I often see in portraits is the eyes at the wrong level, but you've done pretty well and put them in the middle of the face so kudos for that.

Texture? Crosshatching perhaps?
I generally sketch b&w outlines then ink, but that's because I've only drawn comics, so I have almost no idea about texturing =P

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beatshoes 
2/7/08 11:55:09 AM
Guru

Quote by superfireydave
An 8bit monitor is desirable for graphic work, so if you don't have one perhaps save for one if you want better colour =P

Reference pics are a good idea, certainly to get the right feeling for the shapes. The biggest mistake I often see in portraits is the eyes at the wrong level, but you've done pretty well and put them in the middle of the face so kudos for that.

Texture? Crosshatching perhaps?
I generally sketch b&w outlines then ink, but that's because I've only drawn comics, so I have almost no idea about texturing =P


http://www.beatshoes.com/misc/face-1-initial.jpg
outline

did this all digital, so mainly plonk splotches of colour about then use the smudge tool to blend it about. I guess its just experimenting time really

and yeah, new monitor would be great.
perhaps i might plug my old crt back in..

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spiritek 
3/7/08 9:08:31 PM
Overlord

nice dude, good work for starting out. Not that I am an expert, but my only advice would be worry more about the form and shape etc first get that spot on and then worry about the color texture etc. Most people will notice something out of proportion before they notice that the wool doesn't look like wool.

There is an awesome book by Jack Hamm "Drawing: The Head and Figure" I strongly recommend it.

P.S. I suck at sketching digital I always need to sketch on paper then scan, I think it is something to do with the lack of resistence with the tablet. So extra points :P

P.P.S EDIT: Don't worry about your monitor and tablet to start with.... learn the basics and save up and you will be ready for the good stuff ;)


Edited by spiritek: 3/7/2008 09:11:48 PM

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beatshoes 
6/7/08 10:42:06 AM
Guru

some good points spiritek
cheers

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Kurai 
9/7/08 12:28:25 PM
Overlord

i think maybe when you colour you should use separate layers, as some of the smudging makes the lines wonky and blurred and black doesn't really blend well with skin tones and no shadows are truly black. by creating line work on a separate layer you can keep your lines crisp or totally paint over them.

reference picture are a great thing for both getting the initial form right and for deciding on your pallet. I usually pick a photo that has lighting I like with a similar coloured object and use the dropper tool to pick for each main colour (like skin, hair, fabric etc) and i chose a midtone, a shadow and a highlight.

also maybe fiddle with your brush settings so that the more pressure you use the more less opaque the colour is so you don't have to use the smudge tool as much, and just keep painting over things until they look good. The most helpful stuff is sometimes looking up a good digitial painters stuff especially if they post their work at various stages so you can see their work flow. There are even youtube videos of people painting sped up, you can learn some useful techniques that way too.

Good luck and I hope to see more from you!

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beatshoes 
10/7/08 12:45:25 AM
Guru

ah <3 Kurai, awesome advice, just what i was hoping for ^__^

thanks heaps.

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Meeko 
24/7/08 4:01:25 PM
Titan

Wow that's hot.

/runs

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