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    charcoal attempt

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    fun to see you playing with line instead of shading.


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    charcoal portrait is really nice as well. hope you finish it.

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    Thank you, Soverynight. I actually messed up her proportions, so I want to start it over. Here's another study I did yesterday.

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    Whoa! A huge improvement. Well done and keep it up.


    I didn't think it was possible to be called an artist when you have nothing to say. It's like being a writer who publishes individual words as books and expects to be praised for it.
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    Thank you very much, Black Spot. It's nice to hear, because I don't see so much improvement myself.

    Here's another study. I wonder if this is worth trying to sell...

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    very nice process!
    Your landscape studies from some time back are so incredibly sunny and fresh, I saved them all. The drawings with the thick black marker are coming along nicley, I can see how you got used to making more delicate forms out of those heavy streaks.The charcoal portraits look good, kudos for making the face- perspective in post 454 look correct, that sure took a long time.

    I just took a break to post this.
    But sometimes I also draw stuff
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    Thanks Kiera, for these latest portraits I started with a 2B graphite pencil, so I could lightly draw the basics without ruining the paper. The perspective/outline took maybe a few minutes for all of them. The rendering took maybe a couple hours each. They're not the best, the second one probably turned out the best. While copying, I constantly thought about the basic face construction, to make sure everything connected correctly. I think I screwed up most in the last one.

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    If you dropped the outside eyelid on her right (our left) so there's less white there, it would even up her eyes a lot.

    I start with a 2H first and work up to the darks with softer pencils. Also I never put any hard pressure on, letting the degree of the pencil work by itself. I have found that by going over a dark area with a harder pencil blends it nicely.


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    For some reason, the 2H's I have are waxy. If I try and blend a darker/softer pencil over it, it just doesn't stick. I guess I'm too heavy with them.

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    Nice portraits TA! Charcoal is such a tough medium to use (for me anyway, lol), I'd like to get back into them too. But then I'll probably get charcoal all over my face and that's totally embarrassing. Haha, what am I talkin about....

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    When you do less, you do more. SOme of the lineworks are specially splendid.


    Buts its when you use more, values and colors, you have to have more structure. Its better to work from high contrast photos, so you can understand and draw the values better. Its far better than a picture that only plays in midtones. If you dont handle those midtonal pics well, they turn muddy.
    SO be careful.

    Love this watercolor

    The intimacy with the subject is obviously felt.


    This is a fav., look at those hands!! wow.
    Keep painting and drawing.

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    Bhanu thanks for the crit and all the compliments! I'll try and watch out for making mud, and midtones. It's a hornets' nest for me. Artmaking is like juggling, and I'm uncoordinated...

    I was asked to paint a "tableaux" for some students at my school. It's done but I don't have a good photo yet. Here're a couple process shots. Expect another update tomorrow.

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    Here's a finished shot, from the store window. It's a tradition to display these in town for a couple weeks. I thought I had a better photo, but it was blurry.

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    I love the light you got onto the buildings and mountains. They must be over the moon with it.


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    Thank you Black Spot. I've gotten a lot of compliments, but I've also found a lot of errors with it. The biggest being the chimney's not in perspective. I used a different photo reference and completely forgot to change it according to the building's perspective... Then there are just unfinished spots...

    Anyway, it was lots of fun to paint! Which is odd because usually I hate the exactitude of buildings. Trees are so much easier.

    Back in 2006 I got the idea for a graphic novel, a huge project which I started writing, but my artistic ability wasn't near what I needed - it still isn't. But right now I'm in the mood for a struggle, so I put together this idea for a suit of armor. I've got to dress these characters some how. This is the product of a couple hours, rooting through google images, wikipedia, animal references, and even Victoria's Secret dress designs...

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    Out sketching after work. From life

    Thank god it's finally nice out.

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    I like!
    Try varying thickness of lines. Thick foreground, thin background. Play with it.
    The spoon one has a definite feeling to it. You've captured something

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    Glad to see you back outside as that's where you're happier with your art and it shows. Don't be scared of going even darker in the shadows.


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    That painting of the buildings and mountains for the tableaux is wonderful, man! The color and sense of light are great.

    With the charcoal face studies, it seems like you're giving a lot of attention to the individual features- I say this mainly because of the eyes in that last one especially. They're sort of outlined and floating in the head. When you're doing these studies, pay a lot more attention to the structure of the skull, in particular the shape of the eye socket. It looks like you're doing that already in some- the one of the woman's head in post 454 looks great! It's worth mentioning still, since even now, I find that when my own head studies don't work, it's because I rushed into the eyes without figuring the head out first.

    Great looking landscapes by the way! Those are watercolor, yeah?

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    wow they're beautiful. I see personality in the characters! ) Keep it up! Keep posting.

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    soverynight - thank you! Yeah, working with ink is very hard for me. It doesn't come naturally. I always struggle with planning my lines. I need to do more.

    Black Spot - you're right, I keep laying down dark colors and they dry lighter. I must have painted those dark areas ten times and they're still too light. Watercolor's hard.

    Sidharth - yeah, they're watercolor. Eyes are the hardest part for me. I think they're a bit easier from a 3/4 view, but head on, foreshortened, I always struggle. You're right, they swim on top of the face, like carrots in soup. I'm still drawing the features and not the face. I actually have some questions about the structure of the head. I can draw a circle, and give it an equator, and plan the tilt of the head. But setting the eyes in that armature is beyond me.

    Puffynose - thank you very much! I've been drawing more lately. I'll try and post more soon.

    Here's what I photographed this morning. They're both from life.

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    Hmm, for studying the eye socket I really recommend John Vanderpoel's book. The language can be a bit dense (there are several parts of the book that I had to reread several times to absorb what he was saying), but man... when you get it, you really get it. It's a great book for the entire figure, but specifically for the eye socket, he describes the planes much better than anyone else I've seen. Dirt cheap book too.

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    Sidharth, thank you! I'm going to look for that book. Here's what I did yesterday. The portrait's from a photo on Deviantart (I'll post a link soon). The cafe's from life.

    Here's the original photo: http://bartekwhitecoast.deviantart.com/gallery/#/dwu47d

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    Another watercolor from life.

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    See you're getting those darks in, but I'd avoid the black and mix a dark red or burnt umber with blue to make it more natural.


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    That is burnt umber mixed with blue, but you're right, it didn't turn out how I wanted.

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    It's really appealing how you did your painting. I don't know much about painting because I'm still struggling with basics, but for me your colours are confident, neat and fresh! It's just something I'd like to have hoho


    P.S: Are you a relative with DSmith? The name looks the same hehehe

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    I'm not related to DSmith. Turns out there are a lot of us Smiths out there. Thanks for the compliments!

    So let's see, here are some final student portraits, and another watercolor attempt. I think I should go back to this site and work more on it... The cubed guy is me trying to learn something from Mentler's sketches...

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    eagle study, from a photo by Christine Rasmussen: http://chrisrasmussen.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d1cim01

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