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  1. Archie

    New drawing

    We're cooking on gas now, folks: This has come quite a long way. The shape and positioning of several things in the first sketch looks quite crude now. The eyes are a bit staggered, but it's within an acceptable tolerance... nnngh, yes it is. Now I have to fudge some hair, for the aforementioned reasons. This'll be the hard part, methinks.
  2. Archie

    New drawing

    Well, it feels pretty slow to me. Wait until I get started on the hair - that'll just be painful. What are these sketches you speak of? Needless to say googling that phrase does me no good at all.
  3. Archie

    New drawing

    Cheers folks. I'm quite happy with how it's coming along, although I feel rather weird about posting an update with it in its current half/half condition! Thanks. It took at least four attempts at the mouth, and plenty more bits of fiddling before I was happy with the version above. There's been more fiddling since and I still haven't done much serious rendering there. I noticed this within about a minute of posting the topic. It's now fixed, or at least better than it was. Also the right side of her face (our left) the curves weren't quite right; also fixed I think. The weirdest thing about it right now is she's blonde, which makes it hard to judge things like whether I've done her eyes too dark (I hope to fuck I haven't). The lighting of the photo doesn't help with that either! Her hair is going to make a hell of a difference, and will probably take longer than anything else. There's still lots to do. Initial rendering to complete and then tidying up of the face after that. Anyway, enough gassing:
  4. Archie

    New drawing

    After Number 28's 'oil painting' thread I thought it might be interesting to do a thread with progress on the new drawing I'm doing. I was hoping I'd be able to do this thread earlier but it's taken several days just to get an initial "sketch" I'm reasonably happy with. I'm hoping to use some of the advice I got over in the 'pencil' thread and get some good depth in this one. This is off the back of a recent drawing, my first in about five years, which went much better than expected so I'm pressing on with more. Unfortunately there's no deadline for this one (the last became a sort of Christmas gift for the person I drew, and I had about a week to do it) as I'm just doing it for myself, so I'm probably dragging my feet too. Anyway, here goes: Here's the source: I'm quite sure there's something wrong with it, but hopefully it'll become clear as time goes on. The photo is taken at a slant, so I'm trying to change her hair a bit. Now for some rendering (that should take care of the scary eyes, at any rate)!
  5. The mechanical HB suited me nicely for detailing to begin with, but the level of detail I'm now trying to achieve can be quite awkward with HB, so I either need larger pages or harder leads. I quite like the idea of moving up from A4 to A3, though it'd probably take weeks to complete a drawing that size...
  6. It was only for utility that I used HB to begin with, and after seeing what I could get out of it it eventually became a bit of a personal 'thing'. Now I see it's quite a limit to place on myself so I want to see what I can do with softer leads. I've seen quite a bit of Alan Lee's paintings but not his sketches, pretty impressive. Syd Mead's who I really look up to for pencil art and sketching, which I'm presently terrible at. I'm currently forcing myself to sketch faces in their entireity before detailing them; up until my last drawing I never bothered with it because I got such terrible results. My detailed work, on the other hand, was good enough from the get-go to encourage me so I initially fell into the trap of thinking if I wasn't good at sketching then, I'd never be. I'm getting better now, but I can tell it's going to be very gradual.
  7. I've done a portrait with a biro before. Although you can't erase stuff, you can actually do reasonable shading with a biro and the result wasn't bad. The rollerball attempt at the same person, on the other hand, was an utter shambles. That book sounds like it could be useful rylee, I'll check it out - cheers.
  8. I don't know what the name of the style is, but I'd say you could use the line-drawing tool in photoshop to do something similar.
  9. Archie

    Oil painting

    I could, but that would be cheating. It doesn't bother me that much, but enough that I reserve the right to gripe about it every now and then. On the other hand, the latest drawing is probably the closest to a perfectly-proportioned drawing I've ever done. So of course I gripe about the hair instead. Anyway, I'm buggering off out of your thread now, until you post the next update!
  10. Archie

    Oil painting

    Hell yes. I'll leave a drawing overnight, come back to it in the morning and think "what the shit.." Sometimes I don't notice what are (in my view) fairly glaring mistakes though, and the result is stuff like that picture you mention. Thanks for the compliment, but go back to it again and look at the eyes. One's like six inches above the other. One ear is above the other. The whole face is skewed so the features don't line up as they should. Again though, the buyer was happy so I try my best to shrug. I do know what you mean about it being your 'take', and I agree it should be. My interpretation of the principle is that my 'take' often gets subverted by my stupid hands, and the result does not look enough like the source for me to be happy. I usually end up redoing at least one significant thing per drawing. My latest drawing, I redid one of the eyes three times before I was happy with it. I realise you can take it to the point of absurdity - like the photorealistic drawing thing - but I'm only talking about trying to capture in my drawing what I get from the source. I don't go for a pixel-perfect (so to speak) copy; certainly a modicum of metaphorical airbrushing probably goes on. The woman I drew recently said my drawing was her, but wished she looked that good.
  11. Archie

    Oil painting

    Meh, I could tell something wasn't quite right before I did that I drive myself mad doing that with my own stuff too. At the insistence of a certain invididual (they know who they are), I've also been making much more frequent use of mirrors to check overall proportions.
  12. Archie

    Oil painting

    Uh, no. I ummed and aahed about saying anything for a while as you haven't finished yet, but the shape of the mouth doesn't look quite right to me. If you flick back and forth between the source and painting in a slideshow it looks like you've curved the bottom lip a bit too 'early', if that makes sense? Also, the tooth nearest her hand (ahem) looks too short. I'm not sure though, whether this is mostly because you haven't started with strong shading and detailing there yet. Darker shades make a hell of a difference with something like that and that may be all that's needed, in which case my comment is superfluous.
  13. Thanks! I find even HB can be a pain in the arse for smudging! When I'm doing stuff like hair which takes ages (two days just doing the hair on my latest) I usually just mask off the rest of the page with another sheet, which mostly does the trick. I still usually have to go around the borders with an eraser before delivery though!
  14. Archie

    Oil painting

    Ah, fair enough then. I've had that problem with eyes before. My most recent drawing, there wasn't any detail in the eyes on the source photo either, just solid black. So the highlights ('corneal reflex' it's called, apparently!) have to be positioned spot on to get the look right. I got them right but ended up sticking pupils in there anyway - you can only see them if you look really closely because the eyes are so dark, but I know they're there. I love 'doing' eyes too, and the detailing on them on your first painting here is great. I drew Jodie Foster once, the source photo of which was obviously photoshopped as the eyes looked pretty wrong, so I made them up completely. Much better. I do have a little constructive criticism on your latest, if you'll allow.
  15. The big guy doesn't have three arms, does he? Still like it, though.
  16. Cheers. I think I know what you mean by layers, so I'll give it a try and see what happens. The gap between those two drawings was several years, and the most recent was only done about ten days ago; I'm now itching to get going again. Thanks. I have been doing them the same way for a while now though - seems worth trying something slightly different.
  17. Archie

    Oil painting

    Good lord dude, that's looking good. Great source as well - that's the kind of photo I'd go for in drawing too. I'd be tempted to get rid of, move or thin that strand of hair that's covering her left eye but it looks like that might be what you're doing too. I can empathise with the limited capture methods - it's a right pain in the arse.
  18. Cheers, but uh.. yeah. Surely I can do better if I use soft (and hard) pencils correctly? I'm going to move up to A3 as well I think, so I can do more detailed stuff.
  19. Uh, right. Can I read any of the 'Shadow' books?
  20. I'm reading 'Experience' by Martin Amis, off the back of 'Koba The Dread' (fascinating, in a "holy fuck" kind of way) by the same and my brother's recommendation. Not particularly feeling it so far. I am going to slow down my reading because it seems to be particularly dense. I'm having difficulty drawing much out of it. I've also got 'Quicksilver' on the go, which is a real fucking slog. Stephenson is my favourite writer but I've been trying and trying to read it for such a long time I might do well to just start again. I recently finished 'Speaker For The Dead' by Orson Scott Card, which I loved to bits. Really sensitive, emotional and insightful writing.
  21. So I've been doing portrait-type drawings for a while. It has become something of a point of pride/stubbornness that all have been done with an HB mechanical pencil, when to begin with it was just because other pencils weren't available. After the last one I had to grudgingly admit that soft pencils probably have their uses. I'm sure I could add a lot of definition to drawings using them, and since getting a few for Christmas I should learn how to use them. I was hoping some of you could give me advice on what pencil softness to use when. 2B or 6B? - that sort of thing. I really have no idea. When soft pencils have been available to me before I've just used the softest one when I wanted to do something dark and not bothered with any of the others. If it's relevant, here's my two most recent drawings. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Critiques/upload_...572_image14.jpg (ack! Proportions hell!) http://img530.imageshack.us/img530/9454/14asmalldn4.jpg
  22. Archie

    Illustration Club

    Cheers, very kind! That shadow painting is ace.
  23. Archie

    Illustration Club

    My first pencil drawing in about five years. I'm fairly pleased with the result. I'm not so sure about the hair, which I spent over half the total time doing myself (her hair was up in the source photo, and I just made something up based on a few other photos I had). I think it's a bit 'busy'. She (the subject) liked it, though. *shrug*
  24. Archie

    Put Here

    Moved post to illustration topic.
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