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« on: July 19, 2009 02:54:09 PM »

I love Mrs. Davis so I wanted to draw her..
She isnt finished I still have to add hair and finish her left eye... But here she is so far

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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2009 04:03:31 PM »

Please post a reference image.

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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2009 05:04:39 PM »

The lines are nice, but you should try to work with the darker shades more, it would really make it look so much better! Try and find a 4B or darker pencil (you're probably drawing with just a "regular" HB or 2B pencil here, right?), and make stuff like the pupils, the mascara, etc darker.  Not just those, like, make it so you have a larger scale of tones in the picture. It'll automatically make your picture look so much more awesome and stand out more.
(I hope you're okay with some constructive criticism, I know you didn't ask for it but since you're off on a pretty good start and you just need a different pencil, I thought it would be ok!)

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« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2009 06:24:44 PM »

Thanks so much.. I actually went today and bought some more pencils because I was just using a regular number 2 pencil.. Im going to try your advice and then repost... Im so excited.. Im new to drawing so I really know nothing about it...
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« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2009 10:30:02 AM »

great start!

can i suggest also trying to limit the amount of blending as well- when something is blended too much it can give it a washed-out flat appearance.

there are others ways to achieve a natural progressed shading without smudging the pencil- maybe practice with some cross-hatching
if you are unfamiliar with this technique just google it and check out the image results.

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