Thanks, i usually use the grid method but every now and again i will go freehand. This was the first time i had done so in a while but oh it was close lol. Nice hair on yours by the way, i enjoyed doing the hair on this one.
As I said: freehand or grid... Likeness is more than physical arrangement of facial features.. It is an essence that is projected from the entire sum and your portraits truly explode with essence. My portraits - which are mostly freehand but basically done with a mental grid I developed... Truly lack this essence - and try as might, I get glimpses of this essence way too seldom. Every time I finish a portrait I check myself and usually admit that it looks like an ok map but not as a portrait with a soul... But I have learned to live with that. I just couldn't bear reworking my drawings, or putting more than 2 hours into a single portrait - and that is why I draw with pens, no eraser at all. If I make a mistake that is too great, I scrap it altogether. I do that 30% of the time, and it hurts... But I have learned to live with that too. I am getting a lot better though... Again, my admiration goes to you, and I am lucky to have crossed your path. Cheers.
Yes yes that's exactly what i try to get in there, a likeness is all well and good but to go deeper than that is a stimulating challenge especially with cellebs and who so easily fall into character whenever a camera is pointed at them. I study a reference photo to try to find the thoughts and emotions going on behind the expression and i try to get that in there if possible. I must say that to get to this stage has taken a great deal of persistence and practice and it doesn't always pay off but it is a strong motivation for me when i find a nice shot. Just keep at it and as long as the enjoyment and motivation is there one can only get better.
Thank you. I use soft grades of pencils only (3B-8B) which helps and i build up layers from light to dark using circulism technique. I also use tissues and cotton wool to blend as well as stumps and tortillons.
Here is a quick tutorial [link] .. it's a nice technique for rendering flesh tones and textures and it's so easy to do you will see results really fast. I've had a look at your drawing and it's good, it looks like him so that's good. You're not afraid to go dark which is good too, i think you should concentrate on the tonal range between the lights and darks. I try to use the white of the paper for the brightest parts (highlights in eyes ) and a very dark pencil (7B) for the darkest darks .. in between these two i try to achieve 4 mid tones using 3B,4B,5B and 6B. It's worth trying to get a beter quality upload to fully show off all the hard work you put into your drawings too. This can make a lot of difference and improve the look of them. Keep going and keep learning, the more you do the better you get and have fun One more thing .. try to eliminate all outlines, this takes practice but makes a big difference, my first art teacher used to tell me all the time "there are no outlines in nature". I always remember that.
I am sooo sorry for not replying sooner, I could've sworn that I did, anyway, I've been studying your drawings a lot lately and have been practicing on trying to eliminate hard lines when it comes to drawing the nose, eyes, mouth, etc; along with trying to create skin texture And pores. I also treated myself to some brand-new Derwent Graphic pencils. The ones I was using before weren't very good and were stupid cheap so, since I decided to start getting serious about portraits, I figured I need good pencils. And I'm waiting to get some Bristol paper. All of my portraits have been drawn on charcoal paper, I honestly didn't think it'd make much of A difference but hoooo man I was wrong. I really hope that when I get the paper that I'll be able to start busting out some good pieces. Thank you so much for the advice darling!!