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Old 05-02-2012, 02:52 PM
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portrait drawing from life

Hello all! This is my latest drawing done on a 16 x 20 in. kraft paper. For this drawing I used an hb charcoal pencil, a charcoal stick for shadows, and a white conté pencil. The model is a police officer and as a gift I will give him this drawing.

Comments and critiques are welcomed. Thanks for looking!

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Old 05-02-2012, 04:21 PM
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Re: portrait drawing from life

Hi pintor ... without a reference we can't speak to the likeness, of course, but this looks to me like you probably got very close. How long did it take you to draw? I am sure he will enjoy having this.

BTW - seems to me that there ought to be a highlight on the end of his nose too. You have one on his nostril but I think that one ought to be a little less intense. Just observations though ...
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Re: portrait drawing from life

Hi Pintor!It looks like you did a very good job with this one. Without the reference, it is hard to assess but the shadow under his nose might be a bit deep. Very nice work!
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Hi, Jose. I highly commend you for drawing from life. It looks good to my eyes.

Hope the client will be happy with your work!


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Good piece of artwork Jose Well Done!!!
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Old 05-03-2012, 02:19 PM
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Re: portrait drawing from life

Hi, Ken! Thank you for your comments. It took me around an hour and a half to two hours to finish this piece. The guy was really happy and satisfied with how I captured his likeness. I appreciate your observations and will pay more attention to the highlights areas next time I do another drawing from life.

Hi, Bren. Thank you for your observations. I will have to be careful using the vine charcoal sticks next time to do the shadings. I´m still trying to learn how to use them and feel more confortable using the hb charcoal pencils.

Thank you, Luicre! You´re very kind. The client was satisfied with this drawing. I had to be careful of getting a good likeness of his, or else I might get arrested, lol.

Hi, John! Thank you for your kind and motivating comments. I´m glad to know you have liked this drawing. Greetings.
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Re: portrait drawing from life

Jose, this is solid! Two things you might consider for your next drawing on craft paper:

1. Get a Naples Yellow colored pencil -Stabilo makes one that is good for this - as it is a bit warmer than white chalk and works better with the overall tone of the paper for your lights/highlights.
2. His eyes are a bit narrow. On the viewer's right - his left eye should be a bit further away from the nasal bone/side of the nose - it is too close.
2a. There could be a bit more slant to the core shadow/terminator on his nose given the perspective
2b. His left ear is a bit out of perspective and could "fold" back just a bit more and that might must be how you drew the Helix vs the actual size of it.

ok those last things don't have much to do with toned paper!

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Old 05-06-2012, 09:03 PM
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Re: portrait drawing from life

Hi, Kevin! Thank you for giving me lots of advices to consider on my next drawing from life project. This will help me a lot. At the moment I don´t have a Stabilo pencil, but I will try to get one if I can.

Tomorrow I will have another go at drawing from life..and will put more into consideration your kind suggestions. I will have to observe more and pay more attention to all those perspective angles and proportion details.
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Old 05-10-2012, 12:47 PM
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Re: portrait drawing from life

Very nice piece of work! It's even more impressive that it only took you a couple of hours to finish that... the little touches of white help bring it to life for me as well.
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Old 05-11-2012, 03:10 PM
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Thank you, Freddy for your kind words. I´m glad to know you have liked this drawing.
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