Originally Posted by BobShmob
It's just a screenshot, so its a little more desaturated and a lot more blurry than it looks in Photoshop.
I'm still working on the drawing, but I've reached a kind of block. The main issues I've been having are that:
- I have no idea how to draw grass
- I can't figure out how to draw her arm and hands (or even if they are proportionate)
- The top of the picnic basket looks really unrealistic
- I don't feel as though the separate objects blend together well (for example, the picnic basket looks as though it was taken from another picture and poorly photoshopped onto the blanket).
Any critique is very welcome, whether it be on the specific issues listed above or on anything. If you have comments on the overall composition of the drawing, I probably won't change them, but you should still post because I'll definitely keep them in mind for the future.
I think the problems you face are larger than the scope of this forum is intended for - you seem to be lacking some basic skills to finish this painting - not a bad thing, we all start somewhere - but your problems really are the fundamentals of art technique. I don't know what your background or experience is, so I'm making some educated guesses based on what I see:
Drawing grass is simply experience, and trial and error - most of art is. You try different things until you find what you like, or study other artists and see how they approached it. Art can be seen as a process of problem solving - how do I draw this? How do I handle this lighting? Etc... There is no "official", correct way to do it, you develop your style and technique over time.
On hint to grass - it's like hair, you can try and get every blade, or you can stylize it, and look at shapes and texture and indicate individual blades without rendering each one - and start at the back, and layer strokes on top of each other, working from dark to light. What you've done is very close to what I'm talking about, you just need to work with it more.
The figure, at that perspective, is going to be a challenge without any reference to work from. This pose, I would have someone sit for you, and get a digital photo of it to base the drawing and painting on. If you have reference, you need to study it more, and work from basic shapes into a more rendered image, all the while working out the lighting and colors - your skin tones are in some serious need of fixing.
As for the rest, it's just experience, looking at real work objects or reference photos, and figuring out how to draw or paint them. All beginning problems that you learn to solve by experimenting, study, and practice. Also, I would start over with a line drawing to work out the simpler issues with the drapery, basket, and figure, and then get into the lighting and textures once all of the foundational issues are solved. Your tones and values are very flat, and some adjustments could be done there - the greens are more saturated than the figure, which attracts the eye, when you want the eye drawn to the figure. The red of the blanket vibrates a bit with the pure green of the grass, so I'd add more browns and yellows and ochres to the grass to push it back in value, and add more reflected color in the reds (and white) of the blanket. For example, the shadows of the girl's dress would optically mix into a series of purples and violets, instead of the muddy reds you're using.
I don't have a big problem with the composition - I would have included the front edge of the blanket to avoid the eye being drawn down and off the canvas, but you've indicated you don't want to change it - but it doesn't feel overly "off" enough to change it at this stage.
It's not a bad start, but perhaps a bit advanced, and perhaps you should do some studies to work up to this piece - some figure study, some drapery study, some grass/nature studies, and some work on skin and skintones, along with some anatomy. The good part of hitting the wall with something is it shows you were you need to apply some more study and investigation, it never ends, I run into all the time, and I've been painting with real paint and digitally my entire life! (Painting 30+ years, digital 15)