Well, my name's Meg, and I'm a young artist looking to improve on portraits. I'm okay, and when I separate a sketch from it's reference it seems fine. But when you compare it to what I drew off of there's just not a lot of comparison. It's really irking me. I don't really have a lot of art supplies. I have:
1. Sketchbook I grabbed from the Dollar General
2. A book, "How to Draw Lifelike Portraits from Photographs" by Lee Hammond
3. 2 charcoal pencils, one soft, the other extra soft
4. 1 soft carbon sketch pencil
5. 1 ebony pencil
6. Extra black pencil, it just says "layout" on it. I don't really know what it is.
7. 1 graphite drawing pencil, 2B
8. 2 erasers
I don't know if that's a lot to work with. I'm so used to just using the drawing pencil that I forget that there are darker shades than that sometimes.
I used to have an account on deviantart, but I got tired of nobody really helping with my drawings and I got tired of the same old drama happening over and over again. I still use it sometimes. There are a lot of good photographs that make for nice reference.
I'd like some critique on using the pencils and I'd LOVE some critique to help me. What am I doing wrong with these portraits? They always seem to cartoon-y, and I think it's the eyes? I dunno. :/
For the first one, I used http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/...e+-in%3Ascraps as a ref.
The second one was drawn from the third one, which was in the book I got.
The last one was drawn from http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/21362905/