How big are these, Stephie?
They're a little larger than A3. I drew them using a roll of lining paper, chopping them off to the size of my drawing board as I went.There are shadows on the photos from the trees in the back garden, apols.
In fact they're A2, I've just gone back & had a look.
You seem to draw better when you draw bigger. Would you agree? Have you tried getting bigger and bigger? How about bigger-than-life-size? Would you need to use paint and a brush rather than a pencil? Or can you get really massive charcoal sticks, like the size of broom handles?
I think the choice of red in the second drawing is different and interesting. I have an observation -- I caveat this with I AM NOT AN ARTIST SO YOU CAN TELL ME TO BUGGER OFF IF YOU THINK I'M FULL OF IT -- I can usually tell when a drawing has been done from a photo rather than from life based on a couple of tell-tale signs. The photo tends to limit the number of values that are perceptible in real life and unless you recreate them based on what you know in your mind, there is not as much depth. The second thing is that photo reference tends to put introduce a fish-eye/skewed perspective to an image. The camera sees what's really there, but in life, our brain and eyes continuously compensate for that effect as we look at the object. I think there is a bit of a telescoping effect as we see the figure's feet recede into the background that is most certainly in the photo, but that you may consider altering slightly. I love the studies -- this is just an observation I've made after watching Scott work almost exclusively from photos -- he does a lot of altering in those two areas. Lovely!
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