I like the concepts you're working from. It somewhat reminds me of Salvador Dali. At this point you just need to focus on your fundamentals. I cant tell if youre going for a stylized figure or if you want to make realistic figures. Either way you'll need to study figure drawing. Style will come after you've gotten a LOt and I mean A LOT of practice drawing from reference. Search for Proko on youtube and watch all his videos starting from the most basic stuff like measuring and basic forms. Then move on to his gesture, landmarks and mannequinization videos. Watch them multiple times and practice the stages he talks about. Dont try and skip stages and go straight to drawing contours of the body. You need to drill the basic understanding of the figure in space into your head. Good luck!
Ah, thank you. I've always been fond of Dali's work, so I'll take that as a compliment. Anyway, with that last piece I was attempting to create a realistic figure above a stylised one. I've done more studies of figures since I did that piece but it's still very much something I need to work on. I'll most definitely take a look at those videos. Thank you very much for your suggestions.
Wow, thanks a lot man. I'll go and take a look at those books and videos right away.
Nice portrait. You should go darker in your shadows. Try using a black charcoal or a black colored pencil for your darks. Not seeing your reference I cant say for sure but almost always you will have a dark occlusion shadow on the inside corners of the eyes. Also do some skulls studies and identify the different bones of the skull like the maxilla, the zygomatic, the lacrimal and the frontal process of the maxilla. Knowing where structures are and what they look like isnt enough. Knowing the names will cement them in your brain. Do the same with the muscles of the face. Take note of what the individual muscles move. For instance, the zygomaticus major and minor muscles begin at the zygomatic bone and pull the corner of the mouth up and out. Keep up the good work!