1. as art itself 2. as a reference tool (which is art but we look at intention)
1. as art I find this interesting. I like how the dark hair is dominant in the upper images and it transitions toward minimal....BUT the grey of the deep background takes up the prominence. Transition then is what seems most emphasized by the artist. Both an arc forms in the repition of the head and the slight motion as it wavers and goes to the right.
As a statement is transitions, I find it exciting that diferent elements change in prominence. It is an intriguing example of time. Many other artists are exploring this theme and the artist has alot ahead to explore i think. This is but one in a series and handled a little lightly, tongue in cheek.
2. as a tool for reference it is only fair. It generaly lacks strong lighting. Light is what we are drawing. Alot of these poses make themselves so neutral in these things as to soften the shapes and volumes with overly generalised lighting. I visit the artists pages and see some interesting pose BUT, I dont do it because of all the work I would need to do to deepen shadows and drama in the lighting.
Of course if the artist added dramatic lighting someone else would complain its from the right and i need it left or top or whatever.
In the above set, the last image is strange and useful. It is split in half so I could make use of a grey or visualize as light. Both are apparent and the neck finaly has a shadow that offers a shape....and a nice shape. A complicated shadow with a core on the chin and an shadow accent where the trachea drops down and away.
Four distinct light levels: hair; lit skin; lit midground and last dark background
I split the ratings because different intentions were better or worse in the resolution.
It is wonderful to see useful stock photos available for use on the internet. Since the reference material is focus more on the features, it should be used for drawing the features at different perspectives and distance from each other.
A few of the pictures do not match the centre line of the model's face, and may confuse some, but it also allows the viewer to see the shape of the face better. The facial expression gives a good sense of lightness or joy in the eyes.
The pictures has a lack of shadows that may cause some to be unable to identify the facial shapes from the cheekbones to the mouth, and also on the forehead. If the photos are available for download you can adjust the contrast and settings in photoshop to get a better sense of the shapes. Meaning the lack of shadows isn't a huge issue for the motivated.
I would suggest the viewer to copy a human skull and compare it to the model's face to understand the head better. Kxhara I do enjoy your work and reference materials. Please keep up the good work.
Hello, I just wanted to ask you if you will ever do this also while you're looking at camera all the time? I always have huge troubles to find such a references... Oh, and if you will ever do that, thank you very much then~