I would suggest working on giving a little more meat to the arms and legs, but then again it all comes back down to proportions and anatomy. I realize anatomy is incredibly difficult, especially when you change it stylistically, so take a look at some manga artists and how they go about drawing, some of the people on here are great artists to use for reference. In the end though, just keep at it! As long as you keep at it, as well as doing lots of studies, you'll keep improving. Best of luck, from one novice to another!
And yeah, proportions and anatomy are tough T_T Thankfully I'm not planning on giving up any time soon, so hopefully I will improve sooner or later ^_^
Thanks for the tip~~
EDIT: 3rd self drawing added.
EDIT: 4th self drawing added.
Last edited by Icy; 09-29-2013 at 09:30 PM.
The way you are using your reference is kinda incorrect...for now. From what I can tell, you are using the pose from the image, and you are filling in the blanks with your imagination. Which can be a good exercise, but not at your current level. Try to focus more on getting the figure down by drawing as what the reference is. Like the sketch (A) in the red line I did for you:-
The reason is at your learning stage, its kinda pointless to use reference that way. You wont be benefiting anything by doing this. Instead why not use a full body snapshot of yourself, and learn the figure from there. Or even using pictures of models is fine as well. Just make sure you are drawing what the reference is and not using it the way you are now.
Keep it up!
EDIT: New drawing of a friend added!
EDIT: Two new drawings added!!!
Last edited by Icy; 10-01-2013 at 06:59 PM.
Those last two are really good! I can see you are improving.
On the last one, try making the shoulder on the left side slightly larger. Other than that, good work!
''When you do something wrong, it is not a mistake. It is a lesson.''
Last edited by Icy; 10-02-2013 at 06:24 PM.
10/2/13 - Drawing of a Friend #2
Last edited by Icy; 10-02-2013 at 07:59 PM.
No, no, and no! A lot of great artists learn by copying others, and there is absolutely no harm in it. It's a great way to see how you're coming along, to draw what you see. It takes a good amount of skill and patience to be able to replicate a drawing perfectly, never shun the reference!
Sorry for all that, but reference is never something to be afraid of. Now maybe if you had been at this for like 10 years only copying others then I would agree with you. But you are right about the head, just above the eye is the brow line, as the eyes are sunken into the head. Also I feel you could have turned his head more to the left as we don't see too much of that side of the face. Other than that, keep up the drawing!