Leaf from my pet bonsai. First attempt at understanding light & color. Cheap wacom in either Gimp or Photoshop (can't recall - it's been a while).
In general you need a lot of work on proportions and shapes, practice!
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Keep Going! If your wife can stand it, draw her summore!
Maybe try some quick studies of her too. That might help with just getting an idea of her basic shapes. I complained about some of the short studies I did at a figure drawing session, but If you break the form down to super simple shapes, you can learn how they relate to each other.
Another trick is to not draw what you know, but what you see. Like, most people will draw what they think an eye looks like, but not specifically they eye they are observing. Its tough esp in the face because we can instantly recognize when something is "off." Some tricks they will do in school is have you copy a photo, but have you draw it it upside down, so you actually observe it.
Im definitely going to life drawing tonight. its been a while.
From what ive seen, the skill level varies a lot btwn the people that are there. There are uber awesome amazing people, and people just getting into it. The first part is quick studies, then the second is long poses..its def a mental workout =)
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