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Old 08-11-2017, 08:44 PM
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human form

Although I recently started drawing all of my work has been animals, birds and fish. My goal this winter is to draw human faces with some accurancy.

I did this drawing (sketch) quickly in my sketchbook at the hospital of our first grandchild "Gavin".



I also did this eye as part of the monthly drawing challenge.



With the great artists and help on this site I hope to learn much more.

Thanks in advance.

C & C welcome
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Old 08-11-2017, 10:59 PM
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Re: human form

Hello George. I commented on the eye elsewhere so I won't repeat that. With the child, try to get away from leaving a hard outline around things. Defining features so strongly isn't necessary and gets away from the realistic appearance. For instance, fingers may have shadows between them, but not lines - and the shadow will be of a softer edge unless the light is extremely bright. Lips and ears also will have softer edges which can best be seen by changing the values used. Lipstick can result in a hard edge but most babies tend to avoid lipstick because they mess it up on the application. And you have established the blackest darks well here .. but you haven't used the mids to the best effect. Some features are better seen using only value - noses come to mind as there are really no edges - they tend to roll from one plane to the next. Nostrils will have more sharply defined edges but even then the skin rolls around so the light bends or reflects differently. This shows a bit more than I was talking about but still you can see the opening of the mouth, while strong is still softened by the skin rolling into the opening - and the sane with the nostrils.

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Old 08-12-2017, 07:30 AM
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Re: human form

Ken,
I have a couple bw pictures of Gavin at 6 weeks to draw. He has packed on the weight and has the gerber babby rolls. When I did this sketch I only had one pencil (5mm pentel) and no blending tools,needed eraser,etc.

I will be starting to do more faces soon and need to learn how to blend the subtle surface changes and shading.

I also have a few other drawings in process, some just outlined, zebra, blackbear and a few penquins.

As always thanks so much for your tips and time.
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Old 08-12-2017, 07:50 AM
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Re: human form

I think we'll be doing skin in the drawing challenge next month so that might be of interest.
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