i have to tell you: I would lose the breasts--you did a nice job on them but the problem is that they detract from the portrait itself. You end up focusing on the breast and not on the subject which is the smile. When you are sketching, always be thinking about elements of composition--your title ties into that: smile and that is what the viewer should be immediately directed to.
Check the proportions of the face especially the width of the mouth. Keep in mind that the face does not lay "straight" but instead, like a mesh, wraps the skull which is essentially a sphere.
Also consider taking a shot at the eyes--with her eyes not developed she has the look of someone who blinked when the camera clicked. I think you will add a lot of power to this by developing the eyes.
I know you said it's a doodle but you should continue to work this piece.
The sculpting is very nice and the whole thing has a soft buttery look to it. It's worth a second look. Good Luck!
Last edited by jayd; 07-16-12 at 11:31 PM.
Thank you for commenting. Yes I break many rules, one of them is bad composition. You are right on the money. I got in to a habit to stay away from fully developing my models, once I get to a certain point, I feel satisfied and leave it alone.
Originally Posted by jayd
Thanks again for viewing.
oh that is just the artist in you--the prime rule of art is that there are no rules--you try and it works and you try again and it still works---the trick is to make that art fall in step with your artistic vision--a constant struggle for me.
I apologize--I teach drawing and its easy peasy in the real world but here its another story--i'm a slave to my memory.
Anywhoo, thanks allowing me to look--you cut a nice bust.
Drawing is fun, but it's not easy. I do draw from time to time, but I think it's a lot harder than sculpting. The hardest for me to translate on to a paper
Originally Posted by jayd
is a landscape.
Do you teach any specific drawing, or just drawing in general?
I teach general drawing--there is a book which is a must have for any artist that you should consider picking up; it's published by Watson-Guptil and is by Rudy DeReyna called "How to Draw What You See".
This book is really good for people who sculpt but it's the book I use as a textbook. It's main goal is to teach you to take any object and break it down into simpler conponents using geometric shapes. For this reason its especially good for people who sculpt because it teaches you to see geometrically and to thing in terms of volume and 3 dimensions.
It's a must have and I guarantee your drawing will improve.
It's also an easy read. Hope this helps.
So when are we going to see some of your art, jayd? I keep watching you spreading your knowledge here and there but your gallery is always empty. I'm not daring you, it's real curiosity.
a valid question--i just started using sculptris which is why I am asking so many silly questions--I have two pieces I am working on and will post them shortly. In the meantime, here is a sketch of a sculpture that I am working on--I did this a while ago and now want to translate it to clay--sorry for posting on this thread but this is where the question was asked. I have a few things I am working on--i am having difficulty working like this--not used to sculptris yet but i do love it. Again, sorry for the intrusion. I will post only when I have something to show the group--thanks.
Last edited by jayd; 07-19-12 at 07:07 AM.
Cīmon, don't act that way. Think this, anyone is free to go around giving advice and teaching lessons without showing his own cards but it's matter of time for someone to ask for some examples and IMO it's a natural reaction. Also, my opinion hardly reflects that of the forum so I'm nobody to make you feel unwelcome here. Now we both have explained each point let it die here, ok?
About the dog, if you did it then you're very skilled. It's true, you'll need some time (not too much, I think) to learn how to take that 2d skill to the 3d space but the result it's gonna be really good. Just don't let any jerk at ZBC piss you off
I guess I did sound negative. First the dog--great dane, colored pencil on black canson paper. I like working on black paper because it lends a faster result but I also like working on Stonehenge paper as well. For watercolor, I prefer Arches but it can be expensive. I work mostly in colored pencil but i do like graphite (pencil). I work in colored pencil and not oils because my wife has allergies--cp is a painfully anal way to work but the results can be very rewarding. So yes, I did this and its one of my favorite pieces which is why i want to translate it over to sculptris. Right now i have two pieces in progress but not ready to post yet.
and truthfully, when you give advice and don't put up it's time to shut up. I should have posted some of my work earlier. :-)