I am a complete amateur with no formal training in Art. I am interested in the Art of Sketching. Since I have no teacher, trainer, or adviser, I do not know how my sketches. I am providing here a sample of my artwork in two versions.

I haven’t delved in this business for long and hence it is quite reasonable that I will be making errors.

All suggestions, constructive criticisms, appreciations are welcome, and in case you are answering (yes I am speaking to YOU) Thank-You!!

Samples in original and darkened formats as below - enter image description here enter image description here

  • Welcome to our site! I have closed your question because "is this good?" is really a subjective question -- some may say yes, some no, and there's no "right" answer. Please continue to ask questions that are about specific problems you encounter (see How to Ask) -- for example if you wanted to improve the shading on a figure and weren't sure how to proceed, that would be great!
    – Erica
    Mar 16, 2019 at 17:11

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This is actually both a really easy, and a really difficult question to answer.

One of the wonderful things about art is that it is different to everyone. So you need to think about where you want to get to. Is it photorealism? Is it accuracy in still life? Is it shading? Some artists want their portraits to remain abstract, some want pinpoint accuracy. From your two pictures you'd need to let us know how much you like each one. I can see arguments for either being the better one - so trying to do that here would be a bit opinion-based.

So identifying where you want to go is key - and a really useful way to do this is to look at art. In galleries, in books, online, everywhere.

Then practice. Either with tuition, or help from sites such as this, or from the plethora of YouTube videos teaching this subject to guide you. And show people if you do need their opinion. Ask them what they like - but remember you don't need to follow their preferences.

If you really want to progress as effectively as possible, there isn't really a substitute for art classes, teaching technique, styles, history etc.

  • I would rather have my art as a bit abstract but most importantly displaying major emotions. I think that would be best for me. I feel photorealism to be fake in a sense so...
    – Arjo
    Mar 16, 2019 at 10:52

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