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06 June 2006, 05:56 AM
First of all sorry for my bad english (it's not my national language :) )
I want to learn how to draw humans and human like creatures and thought this is graet place to get some good critique ant tips about my work.
Normaly I'm working with 3D, but love sketching monsters and all kind of creatures and warriors/fighters.
I think, I should start learning from drawing heads,so joined 50 portraits thread.
Here are my first heads:

And these are my yesterday's drawings:

These are the heads from all kind of mum's magazines :)

Looking forward to hearing some thoughts from you guys :rolleyes:

06 June 2006, 09:03 AM
And who do I see here :) Welcome to the forum. My main suggestion about the drawings would be to watch the proportions more carefully. Hey and do master copies. Btw, join the anatomy lesson series (

Good luck with your future drawings.

06 June 2006, 09:12 AM
Oh, hi raz :) Thanks. Besides, I've already joined The anatomy lesson series ;)

06 June 2006, 04:29 PM

Welcome! :) Lovely to see your sketches, and I look forward to many more. I see you and razz know one another? Very cool. :) Always nice to see friends on the forum.

Cheers, :)


07 July 2006, 08:52 AM
Rebeccak, thanks. Well I wouldn't call us good friends or smth, we just know each other from lithuaninian CG forum, wich is very tiny compared with this one. :)

07 July 2006, 01:46 PM
One more head for anatomy lesson series. This time the popular one :)
I think I draw them to little, so it's very hard to shade

07 July 2006, 04:31 PM
Here goes an other one:
Maybe something's wrong with the proportions and lips, but damn! this is the best head I've ever drawn :bounce:

07 July 2006, 04:39 PM
The Last head is really Impressive!:thumbsup:.

keep em coming , hope to see lots of great stuff from u.



07 July 2006, 04:40 PM
Yup, they're really getting better. So keep up the good work. I'll be watching.

Ever tried drawing with a hard pencil? Any from H? Maybe you'll find it more comfortable. Althought it might be just my preference.

07 July 2006, 04:44 PM
Thanks, Thomasphoenix and raz :)

Well, I always draw with 2B pencil, but I think I'll try something with H on the other head :)

07 July 2006, 05:59 PM
This is 2H pencil:
(ref - 081)
Well, for me 2B is better for shading, but drawing details with 2H is much comfortable :) So I think I'll start using both of them :)

07 July 2006, 06:04 PM
Yeah they're a great combination. O drew with 2H and 3B some time ago. But I really need the detail, so changed the 3B to a mechanical pencil. That's the thing, I tell you!!

How long does it take you to draw these heads?

Maybe it's just me again, but I don't see why you should shade the background. Well, not now maybe. Don't leave a white spot on the head (except the lighest lights) and it will have a good contrast. I may be wrong though...

07 July 2006, 06:10 PM
Thanks for the tips, raz :)
It tooks ~ 30 minutes to draw one head. Why I should shade the background? Hmm.. I don't know :rolleyes: :hmm: It just looks better for me :)

07 July 2006, 06:14 PM

Lovely improvement here! :thumbsup: Keep up the good work. :)



07 July 2006, 02:28 PM
Thanks Rebecca! :bounce:
Well.. one more:
I hate his hairs! :banghead:

07 July 2006, 03:13 PM
These are really improving! For hairs you should be able to get the hairs either by shading them. Watch the direction of the lines in the hair. I also agree about shading the background, it would pop your drawing a lot! An 8 b would work for that or a bar of graphite. You can shade very quickly with those.

07 July 2006, 03:38 PM
Thanks for the tips, Womball :bounce: They are very helpful for me :)

07 July 2006, 04:12 PM

Nice to see your new portrait! :) One thing I recommend with respect to shading is shading in a consistent direction when blocking in for example the background ~ cross hatching really isn't necessary there, and the hatching is too bold and obvious, you want the majority of the attention to be on the face. Try using smooth, even strokes when shading, and always shade lightly at first until you are confident that the strokes are in the right direction and are working with the object you are shading.

Slux has a nice pencil shading Tutorial in his Anatomy Thread here:

Shading Tutorial by Slux (

I think you'll really like it! :)



07 July 2006, 11:14 AM
Thanks for the advices Rebecca! And that shading tutorial by Slux really rocks! :bounce:
Here I tried to capture some movements from random paintings:
I know I should learn anatomy or something first, but that was fun :)

07 July 2006, 03:31 PM
Originally posted by Armians: I know I should learn anatomy or something first, but that was fun :)
Armians, heh, your comment illustrates the problem of the naming convention I've been enforcing, I'm afraid :) ~ these threads were never supposed to be only about Anatomy, but about Figurative Art in general, so of course it's great to see gestural / figurative work on your thread. :)

I think this is exactly the kind of thing you should do, as you're starting to get the opposing curves in there and a sense of the rhythm and unity of form.



07 July 2006, 11:42 AM
Thanks again :)
One more unsuccessful head :/

and some muscles from various images found on the net:

And here is my last 3d work. It's little stylized and not finished hero, but I won't go back on it :) (

07 July 2006, 06:56 PM

No problem. :) Nice to see these anatomy studies, I think they will stand you in good stead. One thing I recommend with respect to just general sketching technique is to shade a bit more smoothly ~ try using a slightly sharper pencil, or a mechanical pencil to really get some nice detail. :)

The sculpt is really nice! The only crit I would really have is that the feet and the ankles seem a little simple. Apart from that I think the overall sculpt is really impressive! :)



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