Oh crap! Sorry about that. My browser quit on me, and I must've clicked on the wrong thread when I went into my browsing history. I didn't even look at the date. Congrats tho!
Maggie Horton said:
I think Gabrielle nailed it there! You're on the right track with the exaggerations in the faces, but I'd suggest worrying less about rendering and cross-hatching (though your cross-hatching is lovely). In fact, the cross-hatching is something CalArts would say looks "tight", as opposed to the loose, flowing lines they look for. You obviously have a good understanding of light, so I'd replace the cross hatching with a few directional lines to give an idea of shape and shadow. I think if you tried to exaggerate more with your observational drawings, you could give them as much personality as your amazing character sketches. Also, it looks like you're using a ball-point pen, or else a very thin pen. I'd suggest trying to use a drawing pen with a 0.45 mm or higher nib to try and get some more solid, bold lines.
I disagree, I personally believe that these would look much nicer if they were done in photoshop. I am however a big advocate of cross hatching!
That's a good point, Johnny. Even though it takes me about three hours to complete one single drawing, I just cannot stop cross hatching.
I've learned that taking that long means the person you're drawing at Starbucks just leaves, so all of my sketchbook drawings are from pictures on the internet.
Any tips on technique?