Aye, I'm not a fan of black pupils. I prefer my shading to be softer, so I feel that a piece of solid black would... Well, it'd clash, I suppose.
Like Kasey said, it would feel too harsh. :)
So is this any better?
It's a little rough, but I tried what you were saying, Dahlia. :)
Hey Saith, just wanted to say that I think you're making a good step with the method you use to draw - specifically, how you use free strokes to show the hair on the gal's head. One warning I would make is to be careful not to fill in spaces by scribbling. The main purpose behind every mark you make should be on sharpening and solidifying the target's features.
The second thing I think would benefit you lots is to practice proportions, or in this case, facial proportions. The drawing has several placement errors I won't go into because you'll know them instantly once you memorize the rules anyways. Try working slower and figuring out if you've put everything in the right place before following through.
Last piece of advice. You will not improve simply by knowing the rules. If you want to get good at this sort of thing you'll have to draw tons of heads. Heads from the top, heads from the side, from the bottom, at 3/4ths views and from behind, etc, etc. At least a hundred heads, in fact. Painting will be more of a hassle for this sort of practice, so I suggest getting a good old-fashioned pencil and piece of paper to practice from reference until you become extremely confident. Good luck. =]
Thanks. And yeah, I got a bit impatient near the end there. >_>;
Working slower? Gah, but it already takes hou-
Oh right, pencil, yes. Working on a tablet takes so long, and for some reason I can't draw lines between the top-left and the bottom-right.
No clue why. >_>;
Id say some facial features are off. Like the nose and the eyelids(well eyes generally) the mouth are good but a bit too big (for my preference). And i feel your pain fr the time that need to do something good with a tablet OAO
Sorry I haven't updated in a while, but I haven't had all that much to draw.
Still, I've done a little something, and I need some general critique. It's nowhere near finished, and looks almost nothing like how it should, but still!
I hope this comment is coherant and better than my average (since I really would like to help).
I understand that, like in real life, you would like to draw without showing defined lines to block in the anatomy (like drawing a line for the chin) however, there are a few places on the human body that shadows do just that. Dimples, breasts, nostrils, eye sockets, chins, ears and arm pits are just a few.
As you drew your girl, the chin lacks this shaddow's definition. The shadow should be more defined than the others as your lightsource seems to be comming from the top right (our right) so the skull itself isn't allowing the light to hit the neck beneath it. However, do to your head's angle, the shadow would be prominent to our left side (her right side of the neck.) The same could be said with the nose, however in a much smaller scale as the distance is smaller. Her right eye socket (the skin arround the eye) also looks slightly concaved as is normal on a human being. This fact, however, will allow the eye socket to be darkened by shadows a bit more than you did. However, since it's not that deep, I would leave the eye as you made it.
here is a link to an actress that demonstrates all the shadowy areas mentioned before (at least on her face and neck)
This picture of Olivia Wilde is also a great refferance for your cheekbone and nose (just cause you can't have enough refferances)
And this final refferance picture is of a girl with the same style of lighting as you have and a similar pose (head tilt wize)
I hope this post has helped you.
Thank you so so much for all of this. I can totally see what you're coming from, and I'll get back to work immediately. Again, thank you. :)