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Self Portrait
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Published: December 27, 2017
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My dad asked me for a portrait of myself for Hanukah this year, so I thought you all might like to see the end result! I used charcoal and graphite for this. Looking for suggestions on how to improve my work and I always appreciate comments! Thanks! Happy holidays! :)
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RaisedFists's avatar
RaisedFists|Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful  Nod 
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Lambieb123|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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RaisedFists|Hobbyist Photographer
You're most welcome Nod 
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828paintedcolors|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like this.  :)
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Lambieb123|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
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Pop-Shop|Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome work here! Thank you for using my art as an example! That's very old and outdated, but I understand what you are saying! Faces are HARD to draw but that's all I do, and nothing else so it became very easy for me as time went on. Just practice and draw dramatically. Make darks dark and lights light that way you can really get a sense of depth.
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Lambieb123|Hobbyist General Artist
Got it! Thank you! :)
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gigi50|Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous work :clap:
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Lambieb123|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
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slowdog294|Professional Photographer
Beautiful. :D
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Lambieb123|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
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slowdog294|Professional Photographer
Many welcomes. :D
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Rs9311|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ugh, faces are the bane of my existence so I don't have any advice for that. For shading though, unless you're going for a semi-realistic style, I'd get rid of the hard outlines. You can get pretty close to realism with thin outlines, like with this drawing: Chester Bennington by zxelfenaxz
But, ideally you'll want to define edges with differences in value, like the jawline on this portrait:
Pre-Yoko Lennon by Pop-Shop
Also, don't be afraid to go darker in some spots of the figure. I'd say a drawing aiming to capture real life should have all range of values, from the whitest white to the blackest black. Without a having a strong white and strong black, a picture will look flat and dull. A picture with strong white and black without a lot of mid-tones will be dramatic and energetic, but might be too dramatic for what it's going for. Here's a good post I found here on DeviantArt about tone: A Brief Discussion About Tonal Contrast

Since you're using charcoal and graphite, I suggest getting an ebony pencil (it'll allow you to get darker than charcoal) and white charcoal (since it looks like you use toned paper). Tone paper's awesome for shading, but it's good to have a tool to put white into the drawing. If you're really adventurous, try out some ink to get even darker than ebony. It's hard to tell if you already use this or are really good at blending away pencil marks, but try out powdered graphite and charcoal with a brush. It speeds up shading big time and can save hours on bigger drawings.
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Lambieb123|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for your advice! I really appreciate it! :)
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Indra1408|Professional Traditional Artist
Lovely!
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Lambieb123|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Indra1408|Professional Traditional Artist
Anytime keep up the wondrous works :hug:
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Lambieb123|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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:) You're very welcome!
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