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My first portrait.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 1:34 pm
by Astro Zombie
I decided I would try and draw this dog last night just to see if I could do it. It took me about 9 and a half hours to do and I staid up until 6am doing it. That is one of my problems when drawing. I can't stop until its finished. I am happy with the outcome but I know I still have some things I need to work on. I can't seem to get the hair right. In the reference photo it looks so soft and real and mine just looks rough. I also had a lot of trouble with the mouth area and I couldn't figure out how to get the whiskers in. This was my first time using a grid, and I found it very helpful. Thank you for looking and any advice I could gladly appreciate.

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Re: My first portrait.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 1:44 pm
by ShawnaCT
not bad.
as a sugestion, i'd say take your time.
looks like maybe some of the shadeing/blending might have been rushed. animal hair can be extreamly chalengeing and its a damn good go for a first try.
:D
shawna

Re: My first portrait.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 2:54 pm
by Larc-Romeo
I agree with Shawna, take you time and you will see a great improvement, but for you 1st effort...fantastic job. :)

Re: My first portrait.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 3:29 pm
by Astro Zombie
Thank you for the compliments and advice.
I know I need to slow down and take my time with things.
I just get so caught up in it and before I know it, hours and hours have passed.

Re: My first portrait.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 5:17 pm
by nonso
darker shades would help.keep it up.

Re: My first portrait.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 5:58 pm
by Russ

Re: My first portrait.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 6:37 pm
by GordieKerr
I would go lighter on the grid lines. I always wonder why people draw grid lines where theyre not required

Re: My first portrait.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:45 pm
by Astro Zombie
Thanks everyone for your advice.

Re: My first portrait.

PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 7:26 pm
by zac97
looks great and sorry bout the late reply just lookin at the stuff i missedd when i was gone

Re: My first portrait.

PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 7:34 pm
by ShawnaCT
zac u slacker! [-X
see what u get for takein time off.. :lol:

Re: My first portrait.

PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 7:35 pm
by zac97
a new name and a couple hundred missed posts #-o :cry:

Re: My first portrait.

PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 7:38 pm
by ShawnaCT
read/post faster! lol

Re: My first portrait.

PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2011 4:30 am
by jazzman147
Really good for a fiftieth attempt never mind a first, the likeness is excellent. The outline stage looks bang on, and the only criticism I'd have is that the fur looks a little rushed and bland. After all the detail has been done it looks like you got a bit fed up.
Try to stay focused and patient, take your time and have breaks from the drawing to reinvigorate yourself.

Out of interest what book are you working from cause I'm sure I've seen that drawing before? :?

Re: My first portrait.

PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2011 12:30 pm
by Astro Zombie

Re: My first portrait.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 12:02 pm
by Dreaddinit
It does look good but I think the best information I ever got about drawing was layers. Layer, smooth, erase, repeat. it helps give you a solid base that you can build on. Using a kneaded eraser in the direction the hair goes and then adding more pencil. That's it in a nutshell really. It will take some time but is very rewarding. If you'd like me to elaborate further I can. Looks really good though for a first.