Very good work, it's a skill to behold, showing so much detail in gray-scale... It's a much more limited palette yet the sense of detail conveyed here is great. I've studied this a bit, it's hard in particular to draw a woman in detail because it very often mucks the picture up. I think I may look into charcoal...I've recently tried drawing from photographs, but seeing this gets me thinking of drawing real world objects. It may sound silly, because 99% of artists practice by drawing what they see, everything I draw comes from my head... probably not a good practice, hahaha.
That's very astute Erik. Drawing from life is the key. Photographs are fine but you wind up drawing the distorted nature of the lens rather than a soul of a character or human being. We tend to forget that our eyes are 2 cameras and our brains compile those 2 images into an image that has depth and color no painting or film can match. The flatness of a single camera image will show in your pictures if you're too slavish about copying them verbatim. I'm like you in that I tend to draw from my head a lot and it doesn't always serve me well if I'm trying to depict realism. I use a lot of google reference images and personal photos to supplement not having a centaur or dragon standing in front of me but another fun thing to do is build maquetes and draw from those. Plus you get to have fun sculpting:)
really cool studie :)
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