And, the finished portrait of this particular young woman! I was feeling a bit uneasy about it when I posted it yesterday, but one thing I’ve learned about drawing since I started this blog is not to judge an unfinished drawing prematurely. I’m more pleased with the outcome of this one than I thought I would be.
That being said, I’m not totally happy with it, ha ha! I never am. Next time I do something like this I’ll spend more time laying out the features & trying to get the proportions right – but I don’t think this is bad. I did end up redoing the lips & I think they look better than they did yesterday, but I still need practice.
Another thing I find tricky is drawing lighter shadows. I like dark, bold areas, like the left side of the face, but when it comes to more subtle shading, I have some difficulty with that (near the right eye, the ear & that side of the face, for instance).
The whole thing’s not as life-like as I was going for. I’m not trying to draw super realistically, but it still looks a little cartoonish/illustration-y/stylized. I don’t think that’s a bad quality! But I’d like to be able to do both things, if that makes sense.
Things that I like:
- The dark, bold shading!
- The eyes – I generally like drawing eyes
- The hair was pretty fun – not perfect, but I kind of like the messiness
- The nose is alright – I still need to work on noses, but this one turned out ok
And that’s all! I’m glad I took the time to finish this one.