Roanna's sketchbook AKA Negative Space
I wouldnt worry too much about things looking generic at this point, its more about accuracy. And yea its great you're doing them!

So basically, what would help you a lot is practicing basic geometric forms, like cubes and spheres and stuff, mainly since some things are out of perspective, like the necks on some of the asaro head for example.

Also work on clean line strokes of the pencil, it seems you have watts drawings from the PDFs, are you on the program? He emphasizes pencil sharpening because it allows the full range of what the conte is capable of, as in the gentle and easily removable lines only made by the side of the pencil. A lot of your line weight is patchy and lacks confidence, so the trick with that is photoshop:

Get the reference, do your best to copy it or even better, do from imagination, then correct with the reference, THEN analyze how far off it is by overlaying your picture on jeffs sketch. Again, dont worry about the whole generic thing, focus on accurate observation, and try to emulate jeffs line weight and proportions for now, then once you get it rock solid, you can work on the "generic" issue which in reality is an easy fix once you get fundamentals down.

Like this one:

Jeff's has like heavier lines near the top of the head, heavier near the cheek and nose area, a bigger nose, the kinda muscle indication from the bottom of the jaw to the neck is wider, the ears further back. If you overlay yours, and line it up as best you can, you'll see these difference and those differences are the hardest part of observational training.

Theres a TON of value in these rythms and asaro head exercises do not underestimate them. I think if you are able to replicate them accurately they will drastically improve all your head drawings and observation skills in general. They give you an ideal and a toolset to navigate most the process and get you from point A to point B. there's plenty of good approaches to head drawing, this is a great one, it keeps people from fiddling around in the dark, its worth it i promise

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RE: Roanna's sketchbook AKA Negative Space - by Fedodika - 09-09-2018, 08:26 AM

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