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The flocculent beauty of the work you show is not that the artists drew a single hair (that would never achieve the effect) the beauty came from the artists layering one drawn hair "over" another and repeating it until the desired depth was achieved. I can think of two artists on Youtube who demonstrate this layering process (with explanations for their ...


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There is a natural temptation when drawing hair to think in terms of individual hairs and equate these to pencil lines. However this tends to get in the way as there is no reasonable way to draw every individual hair even in hyper-realistic styles. Instead forget that hair is lots of individual strands and concentrate on what it looks like as a surface/...


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I think the main reasons the curviness seems lacking is because the contrast is too high or uneven, and your hatching doesn't follow the curves of the body. The quite abrupt ending of the shading on the breast(s) - the upper part, that seems to be erased with a kneaded eraser in a dotted way, and the dark area of the person's right breast (image 1) - gives ...


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This is meant as an addition to Joachims answer, so I won't repeat what he already pointed out. I'm sorry if this sounds nitpicky, but it seems to me like you start the process of drawing with the contour of the person, then you add the outlines of the strongest shadows to give the flat contour some dimension and lastly you fill the outline with different ...


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Best way I know is just making a cross on both the original and lightly on the paper you will be drawing onto. That stops you getting too technical, and forces you to look at spaces and shapes, which is what drawing is really about. If you start in the middle (for example) and work outwards, copying SHAPES, without trying to identify them as e.g. "nose", "...


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As fixer1234 mentioned, in your photo reference, all the hair falls in the darkest area of the spectrum of light values. It actually won't matter once your drawing is complete: once all the light values are on a similar scale, just filling the silhouette of the hair with the darkest value you've used elsewhere in your drawing will create an effect similar to ...


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Are you trying to reproduce the "silhouette", or improve on it so hair detail is visible? The detail is all from reflected light. Hair is a shiny, textured surface. Whatever detail you see is from light being reflected from the tiny portions of the surface that reflect more of it in your direction. In a photo, if there is good lighting and sufficient ...


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Creating detailed outlines of features and then fleshing them out can often lead you to draw yourself into a corner - you'll put a lot of detail into a particular spot and find that it's off (I've done this countless of times, it never gets any less frustrating). You asked if you should try to plot shadows and shapes and this is a great way to work -- ...


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If you're drawing for a hobby, some tips for beginners can be found here and here. Firstly, you can improve your drawing by: Drawing newborn baby anatomy - I found a cute example for you here. Reading this. Control your drawing. You can practice some baby gesture drawing, and add light and shadow. Here is an expert tutorial: press hard for dark skin tones ...


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The problem lies with interpretation. If your take on a photo of a certain person (famous or not, we all have the same rights) is deviating sufficiently from the original - which is, in itself, an artistic take on it - there shouldn't be a problem (although you might want to credit the original author). If you copy these photos directly (i.e. without ...


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Welcome to the A&C, Code Complete. The thing about eyes, is that all of them are not the same shape. Sometimes the eyeball can be referred to as, 'football shaped', 'almond shaped', and many different other types. Here area few different ideas below (You can even Google "Different eye shapes": Like the image you provided above, there isn't that ...


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To me the proportions look right. I think your problem is the contrast in color between the tip of the nose and the skin above the upper lip. In your reference picture there is a very soft and gradual blend from nose to upper lip. The lightest color is on the very tip of the nose, where most of the light is reflected. The parts of the nose that physically ...


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I am no professional artist and don't draw any portraits, but I hope to offer you some insights free of prejudice and textbook mantras. The woman on top doesn't look weird, masculine or ugly, she is just shaded unnaturally. Light source Every highlight and shadow depends on where your main source of light is positioned. In the lower drawing the woman is ...


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You may need to practice working from photographs that are less 'lingerie catalogue'. To my eye, this photo looks as though the model's chest has been digitally enlarged. Notice how the skin just above the bra on the left breast is slightly more shaded than the skin above it, and that the shading follows the bra-line rather linearly. That seems unlikely to ...


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If you're painting by hand and want the first scene but with a happy face just note the subtle elements that make an expression. Her eyebrows are furloughed an not straight and relaxed, the shape of her eyes are not turned up and you can see more of her iris because her eyes are wider than when she's happy. Obviously you'd want to make her smile instead of ...


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Digital manipulation might still be a good starting point. If you have the digital film footage from each of these episodes, and if you have good video player software, you should be able to move frame by frame through all the views of her face until you find a smiling one where her face is at the same angle and elevation as in the sad picture. You can ...


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It is important to understand the concept of layers. It also depends on the medium. Sometimes a "charcoal drawing" implements other media. Sometimes what appears to be black on white is actually white on black. There is also a process using a "scratch board" where the black surface is scratched away to reveal the white layer underneath. On a plain charcoal ...


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To start, it's good to have a concept of the anatomy of an eye. Basically, the eye is a sphere: It lies at the centre of the eye socket or orbit of the skull, out of which it protrudes partially (the shading on the eye ball is meant to demonstrate this): Like all images here, some parts are exaggerated, and this render should not be regarded as ...


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What determines eye shape To understand eye shape, it helps to think about what creates that shape. Eyeballs are spherical. They're mostly inside the skull, but a dome of the eyeball protrudes from the eye socket. The dome is covered by a thin layer of skin with a straight slit across the diameter (eyelids). The slit is roughly, but usually not exactly, ...


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Here are images of the averages of faces of Caucasian and Indian women. They are based on images of individuals of an older age than what you're looking for, but should still give a good idea of the major lineaments of women at younger ages: On the left is an average of young Caucasian women made using this online tool. In the middle are the two pre-...


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The "planes of the head" are the simplification of the constant curving of the head into areas that share a similar orientation. Meaning, take the curved surfaces of the head and flatten those surfaces to get the fewest flat areas while preserving the basic volume of the head. Think of the forehead, it is basically one big area that faces in a certain ...


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Stereotypical masculine features include an overall more rigid structure, larger bones (especially jawbone), more distinct jaw and neck muscles. Stereotypical feminine features include an overall softer structure, higher eyebraws, smaller jawbone. Of course this is an oversimplification; in reality stereotypical masculine and feminine features are more ...


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The nose may not be the problem, it may just be inheriting one. Check the space between the eyes and the mouth. I find it is a common problem in my own drawing to make that distance too long and that looks like the problem here. It sometimes helps to look at the composition with slightly unfocused eyes, then proportions that do not seem natural stand out....


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It is hard to put into words exactly how to describe what the book is describing. Like stated above, 'you just have to practice.' When looking at the page posted above, I also struggled in understanding the concept as well(long ago) and find it very confusing. Instead of seeing it as planes, I tried to see it as more coloration, like topographic maps. ...


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Perhaps the answer is to search for photos and filter for search results that have been tagged with Creative Commons usage rights? In Google, try Images > Tools > Usage Rights. You'll see four options.


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Fixative spray will prevent most smudging. Use a permanent fixative for a finished work that you don't intend to rework at all. For an unfinished work, you can prevent smudging earlier layers by using a workable fixative. Always test on a small area first. Hairspray is an easy, cheaper fixative alternative. This option is good for students and hobbyists, but ...


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Having sketch first, and practice. Head rotation sketches like This link, know about Anatomy and soild drawing, then you try to sketch up your character, then character design. After design complete, you try to use sketch, then draw your imagination character. It will be nice, for animation, game concept art, realistic fantasy art and more. Examples here. ...


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