in portraits there should never be lines just all shading.
if you want to perfect your shading all you need to remember is,(not to be afraid to but contrast in to the piece of art) you should always start from the darkest shading then go down softer and softer with your strokes. after you have completed the shading you grab a piece of tissue paper and smoothen down your shading. you can see what it does in my art work.
more advice=to improve your proportions i use the grid system to be able to place every little detail that could be seen by the naked eye.
Unfortunately my scanner doesn't pick up on most of my shading as it's so detailed and light, I assure you 99% of her face has been shaded and drawn on! I do use that technique for going dark to light, but I use my fingers instead of tissue to get a harsher shade as I don't go as dark as I probably should and pen doesn't smudge that easy. So yeah, I'll try out your way in future. This was drawn 2 years ago and I have since been bolder with my shading and hope to upload a new piece for comparison.
I can see what you mean with the proportions - I work so close to the paper I don't see my mistakes until I'm done and it's too late! I will be trying the grid system for some of my new, larger work. Thanks for the crit!
really well done
she looks sad.
prettyy, love the hair and the eyes!! the lips are awesome too!
thank you :)
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