man in tank top sitting at desk, colored pencil

Comparative Doods

By DoctorPlatypus | Doctor Platypus | 5 Jan 2023

This evening during my Wednesday evening art zoom, I drew from a reference photo that I have used before, in mid-2021, to see if it would come out better this time. In some important ways, I think it did come out better. In a couple of ways, the earlier version is superior, but I am not too worried about it, because I still know how to incorporate those elements in the next version.

Here are the two sketches, first this evening's picture:

Man sitting at desk, wearing tank top - colored pencil

and here is the one from June or July 2021:

2021 sketch of man in tank top sitting at desk - colored pencil

I think his eyes were better, both in shape and size, in the older sketch. However, those are not hard to fix - you just have to notice them before it's too late. That's all about practice, and I will have my eyes open for it next time. 

I think the use of shading with colored pencils is better in the new one. I'll certainly draw this again after a few more months have gone by.

Happy new year!

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Current projects: writing a literary history book about Victorian and Edwardian fiction as successor to the medieval dream vision genre. Learning to draw. Slooooowly learning the fancier ins and outs of the roll20 VTT.

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