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animal
02-13-2001, 05:59 PM
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This is a cougar I am working on done on Canson Sketch 9x12 with pencils Hb and 2B. The head is supposed to be tilted a little it but I`am bot sur if it looks good or not. Need comments and critiques. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/eek.gif

sandge
02-13-2001, 06:08 PM
Hi animal,
Love seeing your progress pictures.

Are you working from a reference image? (If so, could you post it?) Or working from imagination?

best wishes
sandra

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animal
02-13-2001, 06:22 PM
Thanks SandraFletcher for your comments. I am working from a drawing book by Norman Adams and Joe Singer called "Drawing Animals", but I don`t know if it should be at an angle more, but maybe when I get the fur in it will look better

sandge
02-13-2001, 07:08 PM
Animal,
My suggestion: try checking the main alignments. Look for the main direction of the head and make sure the features come off at right angles to it. Notice particularly the nose.
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sandra

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Barbara
02-13-2001, 07:26 PM
Yes Sandra! that is the sort of thing I was talking about with the German shorthair animal did. To line up the features correctly.
Animal: I would get this right before adding fur or detail.

animal
02-13-2001, 07:50 PM
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Thanks Everybody for your comments

Well here is the next progress pic, before I read your post SandraFletcher, I will go back and seeif the features are right, http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

Roan
02-13-2001, 09:45 PM
Ah, here it is!

This is the other one I was referring to, Animal. Really, are you drawing on an angle? Whatever it is, it's very consistant between your drawings -- it's always a "lean" or "skewing" to our right. Therefore, it's probably something that if you fix, will mean a 100% improvement!

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BillieD
02-15-2001, 01:58 AM
Animal,

I have found, if I use an easel, when sketching, (most people think of easels being used mainly in painting) it helps keep my drawing "plumb".

My first attempt at a portrait, seemed to list to one side. I put my sketch pad on my easel, then then would step back, way back, every so often, to check my proportion, perspective and balance. I was amazed by my own progress.

Another, way to check the balance of a drawing or compostion is to hold it up in front of a mirror, if it still looks good, you have it! The mirror check works wonderfully, especially when drawing something that it symmetical, I have used it in still life drawings to check drawings of vases and such things.

You are doing wonderful work. I have been watching over the shoulders of they folks in here, building up my courage to give this subject matter a try.

Billie Dawn

Barbara
02-16-2001, 07:25 AM
Animal:
I agree with Roan. When you work this bug out of your drawings, your work is going to be really something! I am seeing that the left hand side of the faces you do, are quite correct. But the right side is almost always higher and looks like it belongs to a different animal. See Sandra's registration marks on your initial sketch, the top of the right eye should start just above the red line just like the left one does. Same with the nose and ear on that side. Make those right side features line up to the red lines like the left side features do. Also, make sure that the right side eye tips at the proper angle too (like the angle of the red line) Once you start to see this everything is going to get lots easier! You already are getting a lot of life and texture in your detail work so you want the foundation sketch to be worthy of the rest.
Barb

animal
02-17-2001, 09:34 PM
Thank everybody for your comments.