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One thing that just came to mind, that I thought I would pass along, is how we are actually training our eyes and minds to detect minute details in shading and features.

Here are a few things I do to help me try to notice the differences between my drawing and the reference photo.

Sometimes I rotate the drawing sideways and upside down. It helps me see things I don't normally see?!? Especially when drawing eyes, and when I'm trying to determine exactly where the eyebrow borders are. I don't need to tell you how a few hairs in the eyebrows can make all the difference in the world?

I sometimes tape it to my desk too, because the edges of the paper curl up, and it effects my pencil strokes?

Holding it in front of a mirror helps too.

But the MOST effect way I detect differences between my drawing and the reference photo, is when I think I'm finished, I take a photo of my drawing (before I spray seal it) and then I view it on my computer, side-by-side in THUMBNAIL version, next to the reference photo. For some reason, seeing them in thumbnail format helps because they are both smaller versions of what you've been staring at for hours.

Better yet, I view them back and forth very fast using "Windows Picture and Fax viewer". You will be amazed at all the differences you can now "SEE" that you could not see before?

Hope that helps? :D
Kurt Cobain by Doctor-Pencil
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fabriceg Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is pretty much the same thing i do! the thing that you do with your computer and comparing the two. Cooll man
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's an old entry, but still useful :D:D
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philippeL Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's relevant. When you focus for hours on the same drawing, with the same light source at the same angle, you tend to have a huge surprise when you change one of those components, or when you use a mirror or scan/photograph the piece...
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Isabella-Crazi Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
you make a good teacher, RickSTAR!
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thx a lot Biggsy!!! :D
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Isabella-Crazi Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010
you are very welcome!
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learning111 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
I have often used the mirror and took photos at different angles...the others will be noted by...thank you for these..:eager:
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sure thing! :D
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SvdK92 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I use the mirror too =) that helps, especially to see if the shape of the drawing is correct

Thanks for the tips
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome! :D
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SeelenDieb Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
"Holding it in front of a mirror helps too."

I always do that, my father taught me that when I was younger :)
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lackasleep Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
haha, I draw upside down, too. That way I am only drawing shapes and shadows, not letting my mind trick me into drawing what I think should be there, only what really is there. :)
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know what you mean! :D:D
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lee100188 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
very helpful and easy to understand explanation rick :) cheers for this mate :)
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you are welcome! :D
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punkins Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
vey helpful man,got to looking at how far you came in a years time absolutley
amazing ,it makes me think im on the right path somewhat?one thing i would
like to learn in the future is how to make things in the background look out of
focus.and make it look somewhat right you know?but yeah very helpful ,thanks!!!
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
me TOO! You know who is really a master at that? [link]
Check out some of her backgrounds! Just amazing!!! :D
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punkins Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
yeah her stuff is amazing the one where the guy is in the car
thats insane!!!!!!!!
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
tell me about it! I love the one in the rain! Holy chit!
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ItsDaniDee Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool, I'll do that next time when I finished a drawing =)
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes it works! :D
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1adia Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
Thank you for your advices.
I also hold my drawing in front of a mirror, but I will deffinately try your methods.
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sure it can't hurt? :D
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yarrboots Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
I learned how to "pick up" the details after watching 5 cm Per Second by Makoto Shinkai. Have a look! [link] It's an animation, but gosh the details and color schemes are brilliant
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I will have to check that out :D
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yarrboots Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
Please do : D
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CptDesign Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010   Traditional Artist
i sometime do those things but not always cuz i'm not so patient... i always hurry to see comments.. and that's bad.. i know :P
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ya I do it too. we can all be praise whores sometime lol :D
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Anne-Marie-Angel Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010   Traditional Artist
thanks you so much for yours very helpfuld advices:) Rick:smile:
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sure thang AM! Glad I could help our fellow artists :D
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Evelijn Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, those are very helpful advices! Thank you very much! :D
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sure thing! Glad I could help! Going to do one today on drawing "hard shadows" (the really dark ones) :D
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Evelijn Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, I'm very curious! I really hope I can draw as good as you once...
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aww thanks! Now I am watching you to see that you do! :D
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Evelijn Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe, no I don't. :P You will have to wait for 10 years to see that.
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, it depends on your level of passion, commitment and how much drawing time you cram in to one year? I just started drawing 14 months ago, after a 28 YEAR time out. Here is the difference that 600 hours will make lol
[link]
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Evelijn Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow, you are really committed! What a huge development!
I'm really committed too, but the time escapes me. I'm doing art academy and you have to do lots of other things than portraits. In my free time I can do portraits, but only portraits in my portfolio isn't making my teachers happy. :P Ah well, I sure am committed anyway!
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well then show your teacher MY drawings and tell her that I am your mentor? LOL kidding :D
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VampInMask Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Though I already have known some of your advices, I found others very useful. Thanks! :D
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sure thang! Glad I could help :D
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