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    Check Again (here are the facts)

    Not to burst anyone's bubble, here's some food for thought:

    Actually I'd have to agree somewhat with Janni on this one. This is not much different than what all the controversy was about with MP3...
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    Very Valid Point

    As if there was truth in the saying "There can only be one" it is becoming more and more aggressive and hostile. It's a dog eat dog and if I can't get there I'll drag you down to my level mentality....
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    Acrylics do have certain advantages

    Unless your chosen painting style is 'alla prima' and/or with heavy impasto techniques, I have found that the most effective method to use acrylics, because of the accelerated dry time, is similar to...
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    Again, An apology WAS made.

    It was not my intention to discredit anyone. But there was and still is towards me. Since you asked, actually I am a Great-grandfather. And I agree, it is in fact immature to show ANY form of...
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    Yes

    What I was speaking of here Mr. Wilson was, to utilize the stiffness of the hog hair only for the initial lay out, not finishing the painting. And you are on the money about Nylon or Taklon for...
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    So Sorry

    An artist's work speaks for itself. No attack was made on their work but, if it is taken than way I humbly apologize to both of them. But it is somewhat prejudicial to have my opinion and experience...
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    Why I'm even feeding the debate

    FourTonMantis

    So if I lived in a neighborhood surrounded by graffiti and because I'm impressed by it that's what MY work will look like? Master studies yes, master copies no.

    FourTonMantis ...
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    The key is your sketch book

    I'm beginning to understand your question. With all of the information available (some good and some bad and some which everyone has "opinions") it's difficult to focus on any one segment of art at a...
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    That's a personal preference that you are...

    That's a personal preference that you are entitled to.
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    riceface Sure, in with the new and out with...

    riceface

    Sure, in with the new and out with the old as we all loose grasp of reality in cyberspace.

    Hey I own and use Photoshop, Corel Photo Paint and quite a few more but there's nothing more...
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    I agree to disagree

    Who did the cave man copy from?

    Creativity is something that is inside you. What you visualize and how you express it is a sacred thing from inside of you. The purity of this talent that you may...
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    Totally sorry Sorknes for my mis-interpretation of your post.

    I'm old and a man that has been callused by the screwed up things that happen in the world so, discussing emotional mind blocks are...
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    It's your choice

    You asked for an opinion and got it.
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    Yes

    Sure did and never agreed with it's principals, never will.

    It's a bad habit to start because it interrupts and dilutes an individual's personal style as well as makes the mind lazy in regards to...
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    That's a flat out no

    It is perfectly fine to observe and/or dissect how another artist work has been created. It is not OK to recreate it. Yes, there are allot of sweat shop companies out there replicating old...
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    NOTE:

    Gees! Mr. Elwell you woke up from your nap, today.


    The reason I recommended the hog hair brush for acrylic (which I've never experienced going limp) was to give this individual the opportunity...
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    Draw with your brush

    I agree with Shantih. Your drawing should be only a means to outline dimensions. From there you are doing nothing more than drawing with a brush. The difference is you can utilize the brush in so...
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    Well in that case only practice makes perfect.

    Well in that case only practice makes perfect.
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    Yes,keep it clean and organized

    You should always keep a your sketch books in a clean and organized matter. Keeping these sketches in a leather bound book will also turn out to become a convenient portfolio.

    Your drawings are...
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    Simple answer to that question is: Once you...

    Simple answer to that question is:

    Once you are certain about the composition of the piece, you should start first by determining general dimensional properties of the rendering as a whole. Then...
  21. Art: Outstanding!

    Your B&W is perfect. Much more effective and to the point. Research for authentication terrific. Reminiscent of John Lennon's "Just give me some truth".

    However, it is my personal belief that the...
  22. Cleanliness is Important

    Besides any related health precautions, cleanliness and control of the paints you are using is an important issue. It's a discipline and habit to start early. In order to create a master piece should...
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    Challenge Yourself

    After you have done a few full body drawings your personal analysis of these will tell you where you are having difficulty with the human Anatomy. For example, many artists have problems drawing the...
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    Art: Seal the panel first

    Not unlike any other support, preparation to Wood and masonite panels is an important subject. To answer your question directly if you are interested in creating archive quality work, wood supports...
  25. Obstacle you must overcome

    I'd have to answer with an empathetic no. You should not allow yourself to be defeated by this challenge. Many times there are subjects that you find difficult to get just right and as you continue...
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