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Jack Sparrow by Sarahharas07 Jack Sparrow by Sarahharas07
Prisma coloured pencils on Stonehenge paper.
Size A4

My first portrait, using coloured pencils, it was fun to draw :D

Reference photo [link]
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Hi Sarah! This is a critique you've requested as a prize in `lintu47's contest.

You've mentioned in the description that it's your first portrait with coloured pencils - well done! It's a great piece for a first try. I can also see that you've already submitted another portrait to your gallery in the mean time (the one of Frodo) and I've noticed some improvements in that new one, so I'll mind that while writing this critique.

Let's start with general stuff - you've captured Sparrow quite nicely, I can definitely tell who's that and I'd tell either even if this character wasn't so specific, these are Johnny Depp's face shapes for sure. The anatomy is mostly correct - there are minor flaws, like the diffrent sizes of his irises and cheekbones, but that's nothing serious and easy to correct - and I can see improvement conider this matter in your new Frodo portrait. I also think that adding a darker shade on the bottom of his nose would make it stand out more, it looks a bit flat right now. Looking at the reference photo (which I believe is this one; you should have included a link in the deviation's description), you can see that the nose has that darker shade - your drawing lacks it because you didn't include the light contrast between each half of his face - and the nose's bottom's shade comes from a shade similiar to the one on the right half (right side according to the viewer). But then again, you've improved that in your newer drawing.

Hair looks not bad, however, you tend to repeat a common stereotype about drawing hair - one single line after another, presenting each single hair. It's not a 100% wrong way, but in most cases it makes you forget that hair is a mass forming just another shape - and as any other shape, it has its "general" chiaroscuro, just like an apple or a cube does. Let me show you an example - Molly Hooper drawn by `alicexz. Can you see how it behaves with light? You can tell exactly where's the light source - and while hair still keeps its shine and structure, it also forms the mentioned shape, it's not just a flat stain. You can see a similiar thing in your photo reference - ligher on the left, darker on the right, although this case is much harder and the contrast is not so easily noticeable. So to sum the hair part up, it's not a bad thing to draw single hair after another, but you should remeber about seeing them as a mass, not only details.

Shading and colours. While there are flaws that you've improved in your new portrait, I'll mention them to show what you might be still missing. The best example is the skin: in this drawing you've used many diffrent brighter and darker parts to form it, but they were all brownish, peach, pinkish - which is what most people consider skin tones. However, you've proved in your portrait of Frodo that you started thinking more consciously - you started using purple and gray instead of darker versions of the same colours. That's a very good observation and definitely an improvement compared to this portrait of Sparrow. Think even wider - after improving skin this way, think of doing the same with everything else in the drawing, hair, eyes, cloth, background. This, of course, refers to realistic drawing and painting.

That would be all, I suppose. Once again, this is a very good portrait as for a first try and while it has some minor flaws, you've already shown us that you can improve and I believe that you'll keep it up. Good luck!
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EyiRokafou Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
Very well done!
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swimagain Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I am in love with your technique! I'm surprised this was your first portrait with the pencils. Wonderful! :heart: :)
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Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so very much for the compliment dear :heart:
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
But where is all the RUM? :rofl: GREAT work, Sarah!! :clap:
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Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you dear, I took the rum away, he's had  enough :bow:
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Amanda1810 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Hahaha... So cute Jack! Anyway, if you can work more on the shadows to make it softer, takes care a lil'bit more on the hair details, it'll be perfect! Just my opinion
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Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :iconhowdyplz:
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runningfreely Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist
His hair ** Aw, Sparroooow!!! :love:

Awesome again, Sarah, he looks so real (and handsome, of course)! xD May I ask you which mark of colors do you use? :)
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Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much :iconahoyplz:

Yes, of coarse you can ask.
I used Prisma coloured pencils.
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runningfreely Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist
You're welcome :hug:
Aw, I really want to try to improve traditional ^^ Thank you for the info!
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Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Always welcome :nod:
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czhino Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Student General Artist
woah this looks like a photography!!!!!!
awesome well done
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Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so very much :iconahoyplz:
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:iconczhino:
czhino Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student General Artist
No need;)
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juliankerremans Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Waaw zeer mooi gedaan :) . Leuke tekening ook :)
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Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dankjewel:iconahoyplz:
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juliankerremans Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
graag gedaan :)
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LeopardLover13 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG SO MAGESTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :iconoverexcitedplz:
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Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much :iconheartglompplz:
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DarkSnowflake Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the colours!! :heart:
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Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much :hooray:
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DarkSnowflake Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! Keep up the great work! :D
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FaustShikari Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
HoW you did this !?!?! !
Xx o.O I'm dead xD
Awesome work, Just GREAT! ! !
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Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much :iconsuperthanksplz:
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kaitlynnasslebell Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
this looks Amazing :D <3 <3 <3
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Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much :iconahoyplz:
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kaitlynnasslebell Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
your welcome :P
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Laisa-Cat Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
very nice :D very cool :)
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Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconsuperthanksplz:
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Laisa-Cat Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
you're welcome :)
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WinterCabin Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013   General Artist
Absolutely stunning :D
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Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much :iconahoyplz:
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WinterCabin Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013   General Artist
You are most welcome anytime :D I'd love to be able to draw like this! :D
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Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:tighthug:
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WinterCabin Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013   General Artist
:huggle:
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plumita1 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
wooooooooowwwwwwww :iconblakelord::iconblakelord::iconblakelord:
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Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconbeerglompplz:
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plumita1 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
:iconchampagneplz:...:iconboybunny-plz::iconhappyeasterplz::iconfunkyfunnybunny-plz::iconchampagneplz:
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Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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Darvia123 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconahoyplz:
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Darvia123 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
XD
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Avogel57 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Ha! Awesome choice of subject (not just CAPTAIN Jack Sparrow, but the angle and the expression too =) )
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Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you kindly, I find that coming from you a great compliment.
Your drawings are fantastic!
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EvansFx Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Absolutely amazing! :)
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Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much :iconbeerglompplz:
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EvansFx Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Your welcome :)
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tamaraR Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013   Digital Artist
Wat zie ik nou??? Een mens? :XD:
WOw prachtig gebruik van kleurpotloden. Die details zijn spectaculair.
Een goede keuze voor je eerste portret. ;p :iconteheeyesplz:
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Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dankjewel, ik vond het heel leuk om te doen.
Ben gelijk aan een volgende begonnen.

Je wilde toch graag mensen zien, nou ik heb de smaak te pakken :hug:
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Iron-Donut Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ermergersh, from a distance I could've sworn it was a photo! And I still wasn't too sure until I read the description~ Very nice work! (My mom is a huge Johnny Depp fangirl btw XD)
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