I look at this now and i wonder; Is there any possible way i could improve it? Did i do my best with her? Is her expression 'right' ? Did i do her justice? And then i realize that the way i feel now isn't any different than how i feel every time i finish a project. I always have doubts. I always feel short. And i am always striving for perfection. I guess (hope more likely) some time perfection will happen to me (although this is a wild guess indeed...) till then all i can do is practice.
I used: Ballpoint pens Prismacolor premier pencils On Winsor & Newton Extra Smooth Bristol paper
I don't know Christina, I like the way you use colours, I like the way you see colours where there aren't any, I like you handle contrasts. There is only one thing I have a problem with, really, but I'm a bit afraid to point it out as my own drawings show so many more imperfections, kind of like 'who am I to judge'. This is still a wonderful portrait though, I love your drawings and your style.
You tell me what you like, but you dont tell me what you dont like? I am a big girl my friend, i can take it. So please share. Criticism (especially from friends ) can only make us better, i promise i wont be disappointed. So what is it that you dont like?
Okay. The problem I have is the tiny highlighted hairs in the borders of the face and in the nose, I think they are a little exaggerated. I mean, they are there in the ref, they are supposed to be there, but when you render them they show a little exaggerated. You do those with C. Kreul, don't you?
I think i need to show you my ref (and i hope her dad wont have a problem with it), so here it is: sta.sh/0288fjdk3k96 Take a look at it, clearly i have changed a lot of things. Honestly the least of them is the tiny facial hair. First of all i changed her expression. Then, the colors, i used a different pallet. Most definitely i added details that there were nowhere in the ref and yes i have magnified the ones existing!
Ariel, i dont know how to say this. But i will try, okay? Art is a vast topic. The way we conceive Art, each one of us, is subjective. It speaks volumes through our hearts and souls and it cant be stopped nor diminished. My way of doing art has to do with me, and same goes with you, no? I am fully aware i see things where they dont exist at all. The "worst" part isnt that i see them my friend, i so much need them that even when i dont see them, then i invent them. Me and my art (thus the way i understand art and i express it) we go hand by hand. I add colors, i add details, i dive deep into a world thats completely mine and mine alone. Its my shelter and my very core. We are inseparable.
I use two markers, both permanent, Edding 780 0.8 mm white and C.Kreul extrafine 0.8mm white. Whichever i have handy. I have also tried to use white gel pen over the color pencils, not very happy with the results, prismacolor are way too waxy to stick with gel pens, its a miracle already i could mix ballpoint pens with them here. But i love to experiment. Dont you find it exciting? It doesn't raise your heartbeat? Some day, God's willing, i will stretch myself over all things i wish to try. All media, all techniques. I hope one life will suffice because this is all i have to spare...
I feel the same way about my drawings, I always have doubts when I complete them, but I think that's a good thing, because you're aware that it could be better in some way. I don't believe that there is "perfection", because there's always room for improvement, and we continue to improve with every drawing. You're your own competition. So I don't think you should strive for perfection, but for improvement.
Anyway, about the drawing xD I think it looks lovely, you're brilliant with coloured pencils! However, I always notice that your highlights are pretty prominent, but I'm beginning to think that's just your style? Wonderful job though :)
I really can't tell you the number of times I've hesitated before pressing the 'Submit' button Christina! It's what makes you the incredible artist you are, always seeing something more that you could have added or something you feel is not right and wished you had not added initially. It's a truly beautiful piece by one of the best artists here on DA and I adore it!!
She is indeed perfect, although at the moment very much out of it as she had all four of her wisdom teeth removed today. This piece completely captures the moment this look happened. Anne who is about to be seventeen years old was five at the time, and for some reason, one I don't recall got very upset with me. I might have teased her and she stormed off to her bed which was the top of a bunk bed she shared with her sister Taylor. I knew she was upset and angry with me so I figured I would capture this lovely father daughter moment. I got my digital camera, tip toed into her room, and took the reference photo for this just as she turned around. Needless to say her sadness turned into anger I and felt all the wrath a five year old daughter could muster.
Christina you have captured Anne beautifully here, and the emotion of the moment far better then I could have ever imagined from the reference I gave you. The eyes, lips, and skin tones are so alive and wonderful, and the expression you have created here is perfect. The one thing I have to point out that is the most amazing is how you got the angle of her turned head. She was facing the wall as I came into the room and when she finally heard me all she turned was her head, giving the angle you so perfectly captured.
When she saw this she was shocked and so impressed with your talent, and so pleased at the result. I have to say that both of her sisters are a little jealous that Anne got drawn at this age and in this way, and if that doesn't indicate success nothing should. I love this work, and I will be something cherished for all time to come.
We are never satisfied..especially if you're an artist! I see perfection..but you have to be happy with it too...It portrays her emotions so wonderfully and yes..she is sad..Keep it up and you know you're only getting better each picture you do..I wish I was half as gifted as you Honey!! You create some amazing portraits!! Many hugs and much love!!
My dear, you sound so discouraged. Let me just start by saying every work of yours that I have seen has been absolutely beautiful! Not only are they so alive and rich with color, but you capture the emotion of your subject. Your portraits are so touching, and the eyes are so expressive. The eyes make or break any portrait, and you capture them every time. You are extremely talented, and I could never do what you do with colored pencils. This is BEAUTIFUL!!! Your hard work shows and your talent is apparent to everyone. Look at all these beautiful comments and compliments you have here...take them, lift them up and hold them near to your heart, so whenever you feel discouraged or inadequate, think of all the people who LOVE and support your works. I am one of them.