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Thread: Shelby

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    Shelby

    I don't do much with pencils so I decided to use my youngest grand daughter as practice. I'm not happy with the result but I can't quite put a finger on what's wrong. The image I posted needs more details which I'll add but still something just ain't right. I posted my image and the reference. Any helpful suggestions will be rewarded with a check to the amount of $250,000. It won't be any good of course but you can pretend.


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    Seeing them side by side I see that her chin needs to be more defined but still it needs something. I also see that she needs more hair on top.

    The last time I kept an open mind,
    my brain fell out and the dog grabbed it.
    Now it's full of dirt, toothmarks, and dog slobber.
    No more open minds or dogs for me.www.gms9810.com/

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    Hi, I think you've given yourself a real challenge with that subject because in that photo your granddaughter is taken from an angle that makes her very foreshortened. I think you've actually done really well but I think you could improve it if you made the lines that indicate the edge of the arms slightly shorter, less far up the body towards the shoulders because in this picture we're looking down on the shoulders.
    I hope that suggestion helps.
    Best wishes
    Sally

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    Some eyebrows George, and lower her top eye lids a smidgeon so she's' not so starey, and look for the shadow on our left side of her neck, so it doesn't look so thick. A bit of definition/shading around her chin and sides of her face to give it shape?

    Look at her top fringe, it actually drapes rather sweetly across her forehead, rather than springing upwards. Mmmm... the top of her lip needs some shape.

    Good on you for trying, she just needs a bit of finishing off and you're done!

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    I hadn't thought about any of those things. I'll give her another try with the suggested changes.

    The last time I kept an open mind,
    my brain fell out and the dog grabbed it.
    Now it's full of dirt, toothmarks, and dog slobber.
    No more open minds or dogs for me.www.gms9810.com/

  5. #5
    It makes it a lot easier for the shading of the photo if you take the photo and put it into a "posturized" setting. Example at: www.picmonkey.com (its free photo editing)

    then you can use that as a reference for a more simple style of photo shading. I linked mine to show how mine turned out (sorry its sideways haha)
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    Quote Originally Posted by MeggerzTouch View Post
    It makes it a lot easier for the shading of the photo if you take the photo and put it into a "posturized" setting. Example at: www.picmonkey.com (its free photo editing)

    then you can use that as a reference for a more simple style of photo shading. I linked mine to show how mine turned out (sorry its sideways haha)
    THAT is a very good idea, I feel like a dope for not thinking of it before. It's very easy to do and helps set values and helps to block in the colors. I'll make that a practice from now on. If I had offered an award of $1,000,000,000.00 for the best idea you would had have won but alas, you have my luck. No award, no new car, no trip to Bermuda, not even a Nicolas Cage pillow case. You can rest knowing that you've enlightened me. I know, you'd rather have the car.

    The last time I kept an open mind,
    my brain fell out and the dog grabbed it.
    Now it's full of dirt, toothmarks, and dog slobber.
    No more open minds or dogs for me.www.gms9810.com/

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