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Author Comments

Practice with pencil and white charcoal

original photo by Leroy Skalstad: http:// www.sxc .hu/photo/638391

Thank you so much for the front page!


Very good. I might advise you in the future to work on edge quality (like softening up certain edges and hardening others to create a clear focal point). That way it won't seem so busy to look at. Great attention to detail though, good job :)

KarylAnne responds:

I'll keep that in mind! Thank you so much for the advice, glad you like it! :)

Your work is nothing short of impressive and articulate, and I'm glad to see that you used the color of the paper as a pleasant mid-tone for the entire work.

May I asked how you managed to scan this piece? Clearly this is a huge sheet of charcoal paper.

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KarylAnne responds:

Thank you! I feel as though the piece does look a bit crooked, but I'm really glad you like it! Its actually not that big, though I did originally plan to do a huge piece for it. Its about the size of an A4 paper--but just a teeny tiny bit smaller--which explains how I got to scan it.

If you're curious as to how other people upload big sized works I know most just take a high quality picture of it in good lighting. Hope that helps!

Brutal, just... brutal.

KarylAnne responds:

glad you like it mate :)

As some of the others have mentioned, there is a certain crookedness to the piece.

Something I like a lot though, is the rugged detail you were able to place in the face. I think that the same pattern of detail could be used to craft a very interesting looking Ent / Treant (Tree creature) if you were ever interested in doing a more fantasy based piece in the same medium.

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KarylAnne responds:

Indeed, it looks really awkward haha xD

I'm glad you like the detail of it though, its something I've been striving to work on, and I was actually thinking of making him an Ent! A colleague of mine actually suggested the idea of an old wizard too. I stuck with the original though, since I was still just practicing getting the jist of the face details.

I would say adjust the temples and the light play thereon and you will get a much more interesting thing going on than adjusting the nose. Great work overall.

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KarylAnne responds:

I will keep that advice in mind, thank you so much for the review! Greatly appreciated! And I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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Credits & Info

4.45 / 5.00

Jan 22, 2013
7:58 PM EST
File Info
1654 x 2180 px
7.3 MB

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