Last drawing was from imagination, this one’s from a reference.
You asked me about my background so here it is: I’m 49, and unemployed as I had to give up my job as a chemist, due to serious health issues. I picked up drawing since November last year and I find it to be a very pain relieving and meditative activity. I draw a lot, like 8 hours a day. To simplify the learning process, I’ve limited my supplies to newspaper and one kind of charcoal pencil (conté pierre noire). Currently I split up my eight hours into one session where I do fundamentals (comparative measurement, shading, planes of the head, composition) and one session in which I do portraits like this. I’m here mainly for the excellent fundamental tutorials but also for the critiques, because I feel like working in a vacuum (with probably a great deal of tunnel vision and bad routines).
For this drawing in particular, I have a few questions:
-I feel that something is wrong with the design of the shadows, is it because of the massive dark mass on the left? How do I get more balanced?
-I always start with the planes of the head, over which I lay in the ‘bed bug line’.. does this line follow the plane shifts or is it behaving independently?
Many thanks in advance,