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Unni
05-22-2001, 10:38 AM
Here's a portrait I've done in pencil recently. It was a bad scan I believe, therefore I had to increase the contrast slightly.
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Just have a look at the original photograph from which this portrait was done.

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This is one of my first works in pencil. Can someone give constructive inputs on where I should improve.

Thanks
Unni

GC
05-22-2001, 11:11 AM
Very Good Likeness.

You have some room for added darker values.
When you compare the value of the hair with that of the eyes, the value of the hair is darker than that of the eyes.
The hair I would say is a 10 the eyes is a 9.
In the drawing right now your eyes are darker than the hair.
The beard on the bottom part (in photo) has darker values than the area closer to the mouth.

Put the highlight in the eye in the center of the pupils just like in the photo.

It is such great likeness with excellent proportions, don't stop add more definition and detail. Examine the photo real real close.

I admire your work so far.

Ginette

[This message has been edited by GC (edited May 22, 2001).]

JeanineJ
05-22-2001, 11:53 AM
Agreeing with Ginette... May I also suggest more shadow on the top of the forehead toward hairline??? Try to capture frontal plane, and 2 side planes... You're so close!

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Roan
05-22-2001, 01:51 PM
Here's a 4 level posterized version to go with Tammy's:

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Unni
05-22-2001, 01:58 PM
Yes it does, Tammy. I checked out your post at the Composition and Design Forum, and indeed it is very interesting. In this post itself, I can see marked differences in values between the original photo and the drawing. The negatives are extremely helpful. Thanks for the post.

Unni

Unni
05-22-2001, 02:01 PM
Marvellous Roan, for your 4 level posterized version. How did you do this? Any specific software?

Unni

Roan
05-22-2001, 02:31 PM
I used Adobe PhotoShop for this. Corel PhotoPaint does it as well and PaintShop Pro also has a posterization.

I haven't played with it in PSP much and the levels didn't give me very good results. Hopefully someone who uses PSP a lot can fool around with the settings more and see what they can come up with.

If I get time later today -- and no one else has beaten me to it -- I'll give it another whirl and post the results.

Now it's time for the pregnant lady (me) to take a nap http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

Night, night! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

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TMoore
05-22-2001, 03:06 PM
Please post the final when your finished. Love to see it!! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
Tammy

Unni
05-22-2001, 03:14 PM
Yes Roan, we're waiting to see the post. Good night, and take care (about pregnancy).

Unni

Impulse
05-22-2001, 09:36 PM
I agree with the view that greater contrast and value variation would help the drawing. For an early work the lines and proportions are impressive.

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Unni
05-23-2001, 12:11 AM
Thank you very much Ginette for your valuable advice. You have a good point there as regards darker values. In fact, I did notice it before. I think I should spend more time darkening the areas you suggested. I used just 2B pencil for this work.

I followed Lee Hammond's advice on the highlights of the eye, but with this drawing, I think it should be in the center of the pupils.

Thank you Jeanine for your comments too. Yes, there should be more shadow on the forehead toward hairline. In the original, it looks better; as I said, it was a bad scan.

Thanks once again.

Unni

TMoore
05-23-2001, 12:22 AM
Does this help any? (See Composition and Design Forum, "Need a critiquing tool?" if this does.

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Tammy (TMoore)

Unni
05-23-2001, 05:20 AM
Thanks Impulse.

Unni