This week’s drawing critique was submitted by artist Vic Feca II. He has completed this piece in charcoals. Great work on your shading! I love how you’ve captured his feathery cloak!


Now you asked in your submission for me to critique your work “more” so you can learn, so here we go!  First, you said in your submission that you used a reference photo for his head/shoulders but wanted to use your imagination for the body. Until you master the human form and really understand proportions, I really do not recommend this. Your proportions on the body are all over the board. Nothing is quite right.

For some reason new artists feel that you have to draw from your mind. This is just not the case if you want realistic work. Especially when you’re starting off. Get reference photos and teach your brain to see it right, or work from a live model. The point is, look at SOMETHING! If you keep drawing from your mind and not looking at things, you will never learn to draw things in proportion because you’re just going to keep drawing everything incorrect time and time again.  A time will come when you’ve drawn so many people that you don’t need those reference photos to get proportions right, but you’ve got a while before that time comes.

I know you’re hoping for more specific points to work on, but honestly, everything that really needs improving on the body comes from the fact that you didn’t use a photo (which means when you use a photo it’s going to look AMAZING given how far you got without one!!)

For the face, now I know you’re using charcoal and that can be difficult to get details, but you’ve left his face white. It isn’t shaded like the rest of the piece so it feels like it’s cut out from another drawing and stuck on this one. Get some of that great shading that you’ve done on the rest of the piece into the face too!

Next, lets look at the photo you took. WHY in the world do you have children’s toys all over your paper? This is so bizarre and distracting from the artwork itself. The pencils you used and erasers…great. The toys…not so much. Between the bright colors and the fact that they are toys, this is …no. Just no.


I can tell you with absolute certainty that if you keep up with your drawing (and use a reference photo or model), given how good you are now (even without a photo), you’re going to be able to create the super realistic work you’re looking for in no time!