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Justin by PonderHope Justin by PonderHope
Here's a portrait of my friend Justin, who goes to college at Umass Amherst all the way up in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Charcoal, pastel, pencil on sketch paper
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emueller Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Nice portrait! There's just a few things that I would point out.

Be very careful in your initial drawing that you line up the proportions correctly. The nose and mouth are lined up, but the eyes are off center. One way to easily see this particular mistake is to draw light lines from the outside corners of the eyes to the center of the nose, then see if a line is significantly longer. Also, try to be more observant of light and shadow, as adding a few highlights or shadows will go a long ways to adding to the illusion of depth.

Aside from that I'd just say work on your details, and keep observing and drawing.
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PonderHope Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you for the honest critique. ^^ People really aren't my speciality. X_X Though I did buy a ruler and used it for this piece in order to try and get the proportions correctly. Plus I used charcoal and pastels, two mediums I'm not too familiar with. At first, I wanted to paint a portrait using acrylics, but then this sketch sort of turned into the final product, I guess. hahaha
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emueller Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Yeah dude, people can be really hard. If you're off by even a centimeter or two, you could completely ruin a portrait. But good for you for taking the time to thoroughly measure. I'm not sure what guidelines you used, but here's a generic way to measure that's pretty effective if you're struggling at all.

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And yeah, I just started working with charcoal and pastel, and they are muuuuuch more difficult that pencil or acrylics for sure haha.
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TwiggyTeeluck Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I wish I knew something about drawing so I could give you some tips, but I don't. Still, this is better than anything I could do. :)
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PonderHope Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you ^^
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Kuja09 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know its hard to use pastel for full coloring. You need to pratice the shading tho and the proportions Keep it up :p He was holding the camera with his left arm?
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PonderHope Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student General Artist
I tried very hard to get proper proportions though. I use grids, rulers, and reference photos in my work, so it doesn't come out sloppy. :)
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PonderHope Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Maybe, I can't tell in the reference photo I used. :p And yes pastel is something I'm not very used to using, I mainly using mediums such as acrylic for color. I'm also not very good with charcoal. In general, you could say, chalk-like mediums.
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