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Portrait of Anas by aneesah Portrait of Anas by aneesah
Anas is my elder brother, but the picture was taken when he was younger. Of course. ;P

First ever pencil portrait, EVER. For class. It's the thing I talked about in my journal entry: [link] . So the 'left brain' drawing was done with the reference pic turned upside-down, and the 'right brain' one was done normally, with the same reference.

The results are pretty interesting, it proved the point. :nod: Though neither of them look 100% like the picture (and it annoys me now 'cause I notice all the things that look different), the left one totally has more likeness. I got an A- for this, I think. (OMG our lecturer grades our work. That's scary.) I find it really shocking how the 'right brain' drawing can look so far off from the real thing, or from the other drawing. :o
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aienazahira Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2007
yeh i agree, left brain seems more accurate but i guess nobody can draw upside down all the time, so like it or hate it, we HAVE TO love our right brain, hehe
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beyoutifool666 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2007
totally superb!
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petitechick Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007  Student
lol tht's AMAZING mashallah..
i love ur drawing, by the way wht pencil did u use??
and u got an a-?! dude! a-?!!! 0_o"
it should be A+ gosh... lol
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aneesah Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
We have to use a whole range of pencils, usually from 2H to ... 6B or so. Wooden pencils too. :paranoid:
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petitechick Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007  Student
ohh.. ingatkan satu je... i was surprised on how much one pencil could do.. hahaha.. bt still ur drawing is FAB! and like do u usually hv the tip sharp? or is it nt good to hv it sharp??
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aneesah Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It MUST be sharp! (Our lecturer's so unbelievably particular about sharp pencils. :paranoid: ) I'd use mechanical pencils any day (sharpening is so old skool. :roll: ) but dah kena paksa... ^^;

Oh, and my 6B pencil dah pendek after just a few weeks of using it. It was about the length of my pinky finger, so I had to throw it out and buy a new batang.
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petitechick Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2007  Student
oh REALLY!! sharp????? amazing, i've never heard such thing, :D n yeah!! u guys should've use m.p. "saves ur energy frm sharperning those woods" lol

u should keep all ur pinky pencils n see how many of those u'll end up hving :D
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aneesah Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well, we use those crank sharpeners (she's also particular about the sharpened part of the pencil being loooonng, which only crank sharpeners can do :roll: ) but I wish we had electric ones. :( I had one before, but cepat rosak 'cause the sensors get less sensitive and akhirnya tak bergerak pun.

The pencils are sharp so they'll make very precise lines without having to tekan kuat. (NEVER tekan pencil kuat-kuat.) The shading's made up of lines, hatching and cross-hatching. Or scribbling or stippling, if you want. It takes a while but shading with lines is neat. :D
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petitechick Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2007  Student
i guess i hv to learn not to tekan kuat eh?? ^_^"
i dnt kno man.. sebab like everytime i draw.. some how i jst HAVE to smudge it XD sengaje ke xsengaje..
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aneesah Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hehe, if it's your style, it's up to you lah. :nod: This is just 'cause it's a class, so kena follow this and that, what the lecturer says. :roll:
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EMKEY Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2007
Lol I missed you aneesah hahaha love the new drawings
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
looks to me like maybe you spent more time/concentration on the left-brain drawing...? it seems to be worked with more confidence than the right-brain drawing. the dark areas look deliberate, where as in the right-brain drawing it all looks a bit tentative...

still and all, very well done. and interesting project. i'll have to try something like this, looks like fun! :D
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aneesah Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You can't help but focus more when the pic is upside down, 'cause all you see are these darn lines and shadows. ^^; You're supposed to spend just as much effort in the right brain drawing too, but people tend not to, and even the lecturer said that for her bigger class (since ours consists of only 6 people :paranoid: ), the students were awfully quiet when doing the left brain one, but talked and chatted and laughed around when doing the right brain drawing.

The less-dark shadows in the right one is partly due to me just remembering that the lecturer said about not to make things too dark, for whatever reason that I don't know of. (Personally, my shadows have to be as dark as it looks in the picture, but I guess I followed her advice anyway.) But yes, there was more confidence in drawing the left one, whereas in the right I drew things lightly first because I wasn't as sure.
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
very nice work, either way. maybe it is better to copy with the left brain? i'll have to try, next time i'm doing a portrait. ;P cheers!
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lethia Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007
Wow, that's interesting! Makes me wonder if I should start drawing things upside down from now on. ;)
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aneesah Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Maybe once in a while. :D It's not as enjoyable as drawing things right side up, your brain gets tired easily, but it's worth it when you turn it around and see a cool drawing. ;P
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WitchiArt Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's really interessting!
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Gymnart Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
That is so fascinating how the two sides of our brain see things differently and the two combine to see what we know.
I just find it very facsinating too that when we turn the pics upside down and draw it, that the logical left side of the brain "shuts up" and then we can draw without the "you can't do this or that" or "this is supposed to look like such and such" thoughts.
I've read about this in a book by Betty Edwards. I've used the upside down trick on my husband too. It worked, he drew an excellent picture but he still insists he's not an artist :).

Years ago, when I took art lessons, the teacher had me turn my work upside down to find my mistakes. That was one of the best things she taught me.

Great pic btw!
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aneesah Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Actually, when you turn the pic upside down, the right brain shuts up. I thought it was the other way 'round at first, 'cause I keep hearing that artists = right brain, art = right brain, but really, you don't need creativity if you want to draw something that looks exactly like the reference. The right brain will just interfere and would want to change this and that because it thinks the person looks like this and that.

And yup, the exercise was taken from Edward's book. I just think that the term "artist" means so much more than drawing upside down pictures accurately, right?
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Gymnart Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, the term, artist does mean much more because when you do a piece, you add you own style.
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BolLepel Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007
That's really weird. I think both brains should be used, if it's possible :P
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aneesah Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
If you intentionally want the drawing to look better/different than the reference picture, then yes, both brains should be used. But for accuracy/likeness, only the left brain really helps, because the right brain is too imaginative and likes to add this and that. :nod: I think the best artists (ie. people who express what's in their minds) are right-brainers, though.
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sahtel08 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you missed the smile in the left one ,. you can see that smile in the right one and also in the Original one :) ...anyhow awesome work ;)
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aneesah Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I know, I already see all my mistakes now. ;P Even the left one is pretty darn different from the original.
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sahtel08 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice! :D
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