Today’s critique is from artist Daniel Tanner (https://www.facebook.com/DanielTannersDrawings)
These drawings are absolutely amazing in their accuracy and detail. The first photos that Daniel submitted had a filter over them. I asked him why that was and he said it was because he was unable to get the darkest parts of his graphite as dark as he wanted. He has since started using a carbon pencil in combination with his graphite to get his darker areas even darker, but for the rest of us it brings up a great tip. If you take a photo of your work and throw filters over it (this can be done with most photo editing software, including photoshop and apps for your smartphones) and it looks better with the filter…this is a good sign that you need to work more on your piece. I love doing this myself to see if I should tone down certain colors, or if hyping up the contrast would make the painting or drawing look better.
As for my tips on these pieces, my main suggestion is on the guy from Halo. His gun is blending right in with his armor. By lightening up the armor on his arm and his fingers, it will separate the gun more, adding more depth to the piece. One thing we really have to watch for when working in black and white is what happens when we change a color photo to black and white. The color in the original photo may be what was separating different areas of the piece. When we make it black and white (as with graphite, charcoal, or just black and white paint), we need to counter this by adjusting the contrast on various areas just to push some parts away from others, creating more depth 🙂