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    It was too gorgeous of a picture not to draw. I wanted to post it before I think about coloring it.

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    Ok. I did color it...

    • CommentAuthorLani
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2010
    @Philip - Wheeeeee, thanks! :D
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2010
    Lazarus, that looks great! You got so much of the detailing down really well.

    Just_Floating, veyr beautiful. I like both version but the colored is just awesome.
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2010
    @just_floating, that looks lovely! Thanks!!! The soft edges in the colored version definitely give it a retro movie vibe too (I think, anyway). Awesome!!!
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd 2010

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    Not bad at all. Linework is spot-on, keep working at refining your shading and texturing.
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd 2010
    How so? The texturing part, I mean. For the shading I just need to find the right grades of pencil and paper.
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd 2010
    @dorkmuffin a la Man Ray:
    DorkMuffin a la Man Ray
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    @Laz - Well, look at Ray's headband or Elizabeth's clothing for example. The shape is good, but the texture is kind of indefinite. You can make improvements here by reproducing any weave or print patterns on the fabric, and by observing how the fabric's contours form subtle areas of light and shadow.

    Terrific improvement in your work since you kicked off here last year, keep it up.
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    @Laz - That's possibly one of the most accurate line portraits of me I've ever seen. Amazing, man, thank you.
    • CommentTimeMay 4th 2010
    No probs, Ray.

    I'm not quite getting the "how", though. As I work off photos, I find it tricky if the fabrics are particularly dark (as was Ray's headband).
    • CommentTimeMay 4th 2010 edited
    @Laz It comes down to training your eye to finely observe the subtle details of contoured, patterned and textured surfaces. You're already getting there with all the practice you're putting in; just keep right on drawing people and your perception will sharpen with use.
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeMay 4th 2010
    @Laz: Second on all the advice Ian provides.

    Take a look at rendering small things about fabrics that show how they move; folds on a collar, patterns that go across a fold or wrinkle, putting a slight curve on a line as it moves across a body part. All of these very tiny things will reinforce the illusion that the fabric is laying across a volumetric form, making it more full and dimensional. These are subtle things, for sure, but when you nail them, it makes all the difference.
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    And above all, practice. Take a pad and pencil with you everywhere and draw snap portraits of the people around you - nothing hones your eye for detail more than being forced to note a lot of features in a short space of time.
    • CommentTimeMay 4th 2010
    Especially if you do it from life and not from a photograph. It forces you to look harder. Besides, you actually lose a LOT of information in photographs.
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2010
    the thing - Super Malfi light on the face
    try fix broke image tea good
  7.  (7488.18)
    Ok Gang. I turn to you... talented folk of the interwub... with a polite request. Below is my son Justin. Posing with his knock-off light-saber after a day at Busch Gardens on our family vacation last month. If any of you are willing to take on the challenge... I was wondering if you'd be interested in Jedi-ifying him with a cool background. Its his Birthday on Friday May 14...
    Anyone willing to give it a go, I thank you in advance, wholeheartedly. Justin Lightsaber
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2010 edited
    Yaaaay! I finally have the drive and opportunity to be drawing again! I have started at page one and will be working my way through, drawing whatever strikes my fancy along the way. We can hopefully expect at least one a day.

    First up, DarkKnightJared from this post
    DarkKnightJared and his Pencil
    (Pencil-sketched and inked with fountain pen)
  8.  (7488.20)
    Hah Here is another quickie before work. I gave Stsparky some shades: