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Lightning. by Zombiebaile Lightning. by Zombiebaile
This is Lightning from Final Fantasy 13. Like I said I accidentally made her a brunette. I had to, the Blending required it. Other wise she would of looked black.
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Final Fantasy artworks are always really hard to do because of the realistic portrayal of all the characters. So at first, I applaud your attempt. :clap:

However, for a sketch like this one, you have to observe the original picture very carefully. If there isnt a source image, then that's even more difficult to draw.

The shape of the face is alright, but I feel you could have done more justice to the eyes. The hair deserves a fair bit more volume and tone. You could always try using two or three mediums of pencil. It always helps. Also, blending comes best on A4 paper for soft pencil sketches..

Facial shading is pretty good, but I would like you to note the shape of the nose and the cleft under it.

Overall, I believe a few improvements would really help you enhance your art. The artwork shows potential! i like the effort you put into it, but a bit more technique would really bring it to life! :D So good luck!
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rigigo Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
if you want a cheap and easy to use smudging tool, use a q-tip they work wonders.
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Brighght-Lighght Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
I prefer Q-tip over a blending stick, I feel like a have more control.
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rigigo Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i havent used a blending stick, but i have heard they work nicely; I have also heard that brushes are good for smudging, but i think ill stick to the Q-tip, they are just so cheap and awsome
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Brighght-Lighght Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
I 100% agree.
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Zombiebaile Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I never thought about that..... I'm actually surprised I never thought of that.
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rigigo Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol, i felt the same way when i found out about it. I happened upon it while watching videos on ideas on smudging since i only knew you could smudge with your finger, and i felt like that was a terrible way of doing it since the smudging didnt come out right. Also, if u put a piece of paper over the paper you are drawing on, you have a place to put your hand where you can avoid accidental smudging while still getting in for those tough details.
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Zombiebaile Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My mind equals blown. :iconexplosionplz:
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rigigo Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:laughing:
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smilkey Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What did you mean by the blending required it?

Actually, I think that she could use some more shading.

Once again, shading. Don't hesitate. There is this wonderful thing called eraser that can fix mistakes such as too dark shades.

And at shading, shade the parts that need more shade. Don't darken the whole thing altogether. So you really don't have to worry about her turning black if you only shade the parts that need it.

Do use black and white references? Using black and references will help easily point out parts that need the darker shade.

Besides that, some problems with anatomy and the hair lacks definition.
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Zombiebaile Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I forgot to add, I thought I made her to dark. Sorry I forgot that. Again the hair I'm slowly learning how to do that. As for anatomy yeah I know that one. Again most of these are experiments. I'm trying to see if I can blend correctly. No I usually use colored references. Thank you for the feedback.
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smilkey Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright, and welcome. Is there anything specific that you wish for some feedback on?
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Zombiebaile Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I mean I can't really think of anything specific hold on let me get you a picture I recently did. [link] Here I know the hair on this one is a little bit eh. The lips are a little thin, I feel as though I messed up on the eyes a little bit. I think however I got the shading a little better on this one.
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AbstractDoctrine Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Okay, I need you to explain why you had to make her a brunette because of the blending. I think I have an idea why but I don't want to assume.
Just throwing it out there: is it because you think you shaded her face too much?
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Zombiebaile Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes I made it a little to dark. To compensate for that I had to shade the hair pretty dark so it didn't look off.
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AbstractDoctrine Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Alright. I had a feeling that was what you meant. Okay. For the purposes of explaining how you in no way went too dark, I'm going to use one of my pieces for an example.
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Now, looking at your piece I can see quite a bit of the white of the paper in her features. In the figure I've drawn the white of the paper is still visible in the shine in his hair (barely), the reflected light in his eyes, part of his eyes and...I think that's it for his face. Now, the character I've drawn, is Caucasian and blond, like the character you were trying to draw. Granted, he doesn't look bleach-blond because of the high contrast of my shading (he's actually supposed to look more dirty blond) but you can see how I was able to go so incredibly dark on his face. It's all about balance.
Because as white as someone is, they're never perfectly white, I immediately blend the character's face with a HB pencil. That is, after I've drawn in their features, I add a layer of HB before blending it with a tissue. With my 'base layer' established, I build up from there. The highlights above his left eyebrow, beside his left eye, and on his left cheek are all that same base layer. It's not the white of the page. Excluding exceptionally dark areas such as nostrils and pupils, I have gone as dark as 2B on Caucasian skin tones, maybe 4B on shadows on said skin tones. It's all a matter of building up value, blending, building up, blending, and eventually you'll get some incredible smooth gradients. I would recommend utilizing 2H, HB, 2B but mostly HB. If you're doing it how I've described you'll find that the more you work the HB and the darker you get it, you'll still have areas that need darker values and that's where that 2B will come in handy :)
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Zombiebaile Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm going to work with some more blending. I'm going to get this right. Thanks man for the feedback it really does help. Especially with the feedback. I don't want to impose, but I was wondering, when I post my next picture. Would you be willing to give feedback? It's really helped me improve.
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AbstractDoctrine Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Of course. Send it to me when you're done!
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Zombiebaile Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the help. :D I checked out some of your traditional drawings....... I mean damn. That's it. Daaaaaaaaamn. It's hard to imagine you as an amateur at one point. :D Amazing art.
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AbstractDoctrine Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, I've cleaned up my gallery since joining but, even my earliest works in my pencil drawings folder is juvenile in both the subject matter and execution. I used poor small images with poor resolution. It was terrible! Since what I did and what I'm doing now there is about a four year gap so I'm looking to start filling that. My three most recent works are what I've done to fill that gap :)
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Zombiebaile Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wouldn't call it juvenile. I mean I can only hope to be THAT good some day. I'm looking forward to actually seeing those drawings. I'm awe struck at what I saw in your gallery already.
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Zombiebaile Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was so worried that I was going to make the picture too dark. I used HB for the light reflections of her face. Then I used H for the skin tone. Then I went over it lightly with a kneeded eraser. So I was going way too light. I see what you mean on your picture. About taking the white out of the features. So I need to kick that fear of shading to dark. I see what you mean.
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AbstractDoctrine Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Since that thumbnail doesn't seem to be showing up, I'm including the link:
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