At 3/2/11 09:37 PM, silversunned wrote:
I could use a couple of critiques with my works! :D if you don't mind it would very much so be appreciated! :D :D
Here's a piece I've done
tell me what you think?
I like it! You are skilled at rendering lighting and shading on paper, which is a hard thing to do. I'm extremely fond of frontal portraits of women (yikes, my gallery is pretty much only that >_<). If I may, I have a few tips concerning that drawing.
First off, I would like to mention the skull half of your drawing is impeccable. The lighting, cracks and texture perfectly suit the finish of bone and it just spells out your experience at drawing them. Two thumbs way up for that part.
As for the human half, that's where I can direct most of my critique. I will first underline the fact every anatomical feature of the face matches the other half on the bone, which is a good first step. However, although the position is right, you have to watch the size and orientation of the eye. The eyeball's sphere depicted in your drawing pretty much matches the eyeball socket in the skull. In reality, the eyeball is surrounded by muscle and fat, so it's in fact much smaller than the socket of the skull. The eyelids even only show a small portion of that sphere! So yeah, bottomline would be to watch the size of the eyes and turn them less inwards in order to get a more natural result. I understand this is very hard to keep track of when drawing on paper, but you can get around the problem with good preparation before you actually start shading.
Speaking of shading, that's the second thing I wanted towrite about! Overall, as I mentionned earlier, your shading technique is very good and your rendition of bone is miles above average. I think, however, that you can achieve a more natural feeling on skin by decreasing the contrast in the face. For instance, it's rarely advisable to shade the area around the nose that goes follows under the cheeck. This adds a lot to the age of the face, and sometimes it adds too much. The same thing goes for the area between the bottom of the nose and the top of the lips, which rarely requires contrast because that area is often subject to shadow from the nose. I also think some lines are a bit hard on the face and take away from the quasi photorealistic effect achieved on some other parts of the drawing, i.e. the lines around the lips, under the nose and under the chin. Skin is extremely difficult to render realistically and it takes a lot of practice!
Needless to say, I think your work is quite good and I hope you persevere!
(wow I was not expecting to write such a long critique!)