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.
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! So good luck!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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. :thumb325218269: 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
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.
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
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.