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    Wednesday watercolour

    CodeNothing : always a pleasure having you visit. I hadn't really thought about anything like doing paintings in somebody elses style. But I might just give it a go. I'll have to read up on Picasso and see where he was going in his Blue period. Thanks Phil

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    Thursday Oils

    Tonights update I decided to darken the background to increase the contrast a little.

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    Saturday 6 Hour Lifedrawing

    Bit of a mix up at the venue for life drawing. They didn't have a heater. So life drawing was cut short because the model was freezing.

    First the quick poses all charcoal on A2
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    Left 15, Middle 20. Top right 20mins the shape just caught my eye. Bottom right 20mins. Charcoal and pastel on A2
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    Tuesday life drawing

    Tonights life drawing didn't go as planned. I was hoping to finish off last weeks picture. Last minute the model called off. Oh well, probably would of spoilt it anyway.

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    Quick poses 5 mins each. I think the one on the left is the best, also the first one i did.
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    Long pose 30mins, break, 30mins. Should have gone onto another after 30mins rather than messing with this one.
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    Poop

    Don't know whats happening lately but motivation ain't high. This is poop. It was done in 30mins. Now I've scanned and put the images into the computer, it looks even more poop. I'm not going to make any excuses. But tomorrow I will try again to do a better job.

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    Hey, maybe try yourself at drawing a portrait in 3/4 view (more from the side)
    Because it's less difficult to get the proportions tight than when you're looking straight on the face. (Straight on it's very obvious when the proportions are not the same on each side of the face) But by turning the head the eyes won't be the same size anymore so it's easier to oversee minor mistakes Also it will unflatten the picture!
    (for that you should also use a higher value scale (more contrast) like fro black to white insted of mid grey to a bit brighter grey, just youse a softer pencil (like up to 5B or even 6B for the darkest values! Dont be shy to really darken it up! gives much more depth!

    Hope you get your motivation back!
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    Hey man I see very good progression in your color stuff! I love your great sense of color in watercolors and I think you do very well with them.
    For the portraits I suggest you to change the approach to capture the essence of the face. You can see this very useful tutorial
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    Keep it up, cheers

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    Long time no post

    It's been ages I know. Been really busy sitting electrical qualification upgrades. Mostly done now. Anyway not so much time to darw and paint. So here are a few things I managed to squeeze in. All are oil on canvas.

    Still need to add some detail and lettering on this one
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    Still need to finish the background
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    Got loads to do on this too, only just started this one. Also this is the only painting of the bunch where I did an underdrawing, in raw umber.
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    That apple looks great! And I agree, your watercolors are wonderful. I particularly like the one of the agate.

    Have you ever read "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain"? I really recommend it for learning how to do portraits. I was complete shite at drawing the human face and then I read it and it was like a light clicked on in my brain. My drawings have been better since. If you aren't already overwhelmed with books and the like I really recommend it. You can do some of the exercises online too: http://www.drawright.com/'

    Just keep practicing and everything will click into place, I'm sure.

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    It seems to me that with your drawings, you're thinking too much 2D lines instead of 3D forms. What I mean by this is that you're drawing the lines you think you see, and using them to show the form, instead of drawing the form you actually see, and indicating it with the shadows and highlights.

    When you draw, you should be thinking about the form before you even put pencil to paper. A good example of this not being done would be your portrait from Dec, '07. What I see is you dividing everything into wholes (like the eyebrows), then attempting to shade according to your lines, which often results in off shading. What you should be doing is using your lines to give you a guideline for your shading, unifying everything with these lines.
    (I realize the last pencil drawing in here is from last year, so if you feel you've improved in this since then, ignore the above.)

    Something that would help you get a better understanding of form is blind contour drawing. Simply put, it's drawing from life, without looking at the paper, using only one, continuous line. Click here for more info. The idea of blind contour drawing is to teach your eyes and hand to act independently of your conscious brain that says "that looks like this" and to draw what you see is there, not what you know is there.

    Your shading is pretty good, and the anatomy studies are coming along nicely, keep it up. And I agree, the watercolours are really nice to look at.

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    Wow great progress in your works, I like the hand and I love the watercolor in reply #124!
    Keep it up, ciao

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    I guess I'm writing this down to make myself do it otherwise the lack of energy takes over and everything slips.

    Ok guys been a little under the weather. Haven't had the energy for anything. Feeling a bit more energetic now. Just got my oil studies back, they've been on display all summer in a local art college. Will photograph them tomorrow and post them. Also I'm gonna start a new painting next week.

    Also I finally got a Wacom a5 wide, Corel Essentials 3 and Photoshop CS2. So once I get my head around the coordination and all the shortcuts, I should start posting some digital stuff too.

    Thanx Fanficbug, Lionsword and of course Dreamworker for your support.

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    Long awaited update 26/09

    Ok finally got my three studies, I exhibited at a local art college, back. They ain't "all that" but I was pretty happy with them. Also that they asked, after the 2 week show, if they could leave them up all summer.

    All are oil on canvas pad roughly A3 size

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    Just a quick update. Sorry no pics to add yet. Just to let anyone who's interested know what I'm upto now.
    I've started studying with Jonathan Hardesty, AKA MindCandyMan. I will be updating when I finish the various projects and drawings. Currently I'm doing my first Bargue copy. There have been loads of threads of people doing Bargues. So I don't won't to bore people with another. So just updates of finished work.
    Almost finished my first and learned a ton. Will try to condense my thought's about the process when it's posted.

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    My first ever Bargue

    Time to call this bad boy finished. The more I look at it the more I can see that needs fixing. But I need to move on to the next Bargue and apply what I have leaned on this one. All done with an HB Pencil. Well actually used two complete pencils and into my third.

    The biggest lesson I learned is spend more time on your block in. Gotta get it perfect. Otherwise everything that comes after won't be. I spent over 100 hours on this one all told. Far too long really for it's complexity. But it was great fun and I really enjoyed the journey. It also taught me how to handle a pencil. Gotta keep that sucker sharp too. Kneadable erasers are wonderful. I never knew they were so versatile. Anyway on to the good stuff


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    Good to see you posting again, Phil. Don't leave it so long next time, will you?

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    Quick post. This is the setup for my next Bargue. Don't hold your breath for updates it's gonna take a goodly while.


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    Wow, those Bargue studies look pretty damn accurate to me! I'll have to try these some time.

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    Hey phil!!!
    Your stuff is looking great!!!

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    WOW YER REALLY GREAT!!!!!!sooo MANY AWESOME PAINTINGS!!!!!!KEEP WITH THE GOODS!

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    Hey. some nice work here...good luck.

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    Hy phil, what's up ? You have really nice stuff ! your color and proportions improved as hell ! Try to do more of everything ! selportraiiiits ! Keep it up

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    Portrait Of Lipa

    It's been awhile. I've been concentrating on getting fit, losing weight and getting my life into balance.

    It seemed everytime I concentrated on something in my life something else suffered. Well no more things are working out nicely. Changing things a little at a time.

    Anyways enough hogwash. Heres a portrait I've been working on. It's not finished yet. Also the photograph is a little washed out

    HB on crappy sketchbook paper. But it's only one of many studies for some paintings. Ref was supplied by the awesome Phil Holland

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    Nice one Phil!
    Just been looking through your sketchbook and your drawing skills have improved dramatically!
    Well done mate. Keep up the hard work.

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    Watching your progression over 2 years time is amazing! Your figures have really improved, and your Bargues studies are spot on! I think you've inspired me to start one today.

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    Here's may latest drawing. No where near finished, just blocking in the masses and major values. Not the greatest photo, I will have to make a jig for photographing my sketch books.


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    nice job with your pencil rendering so far.
    I love the portrait study on this page and
    the woman in the coat looks very promising.
    Can't wait to see an update of her from you

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    Wonderful and very fast improvment on this thread

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    Here's my latest sketch. HB on crappy sketchbook. Sorry, bad photography. Photo ref Parlami
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