How would you feel about receiving this?
(yes I know the paper isn't the best but it is the only paper in my apartment I had and i only had a mechanical pencil to draw it)
Also if you want to suggest any shadings or details to make it better for it it would be appreciated
Most Helpful Girl
I would appreciate the gesture.
Sometimes you don't need to shade. Minimalism can look good, like this portrait. There's not shading, but they darkened the hair, eyebrows and glasses to show contrast.
But if you wanted, you can try darkening the outside, to make her pop out more. Also darken certain places, not too much though. Thinner lines for the facial features, like her nose and upper lip, but maybe darken just a bit underneath the bottom lip to add some shadow.2
Most Helpful Guy
It's not horrible, but it could use some work. I would refrain giving it to her just yet until you are sure it is the best you could possibly make it.
Human faces are very difficult to draw. Here's what I would suggest working on...
1.) Eyes. You seem to be suffering very slightly from the "eyes are look like football" mentality. What I mean by that is that they look slightly awkwardly shaped. Try picturing the eye as a sphere and the eyelids as just parts covering the sphere.
Also on the eyes, it is really defined more than the rest of the picture. The extra outline on it makes it stand out a bit awkwardly.
2.) Contrast. You are also suffering from contrast issues. Feel free to really define dark and light in it. The problem is that it is all pretty one color. You need to really draw out the shading and at the dark textures to make them darker.
Where is the light coming from-- what direction? How does the light hitting her face affect the shadows? Does the left side of her hair look the exact same color as her right? Are each of her teeth the same color? Are the eyes REALLY that dark compared to the rest of the face and body? Where are the highlights (the shine of the lights or white spots)? Where is it pitch black? Those are some things to consider.
3.) Shading. Here is a big thing. You are missing shading on the clothing, throughout the hair (see point 2), on the side, the neck, and for sure the nose. A lot of the shape of a nose is defined by shading. Without it, you can't see how far of a nose it is -- the depth I mean. Use your finger as a blender when needed to make the shading smoother. Just make sure you don't shade it all too much to make a gray smudge of one color.
4.) Details. I would add more features to it to help it out some. Some notable examples include... the jaw/below lip, below the eyes some (which is mostly just shading), the clothing for sure.3