View Poll Results: Best Features of an Atelier/Artist Residency

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  • A Master Artist with Phenomenal Tips, Demos, and Crits

    64 64.00%
  • Privacy to work work work

    29 29.00%
  • A good group of fellow artists to talk with and learn from

    54 54.00%
  • Low Cost - say 500-600 Euros per month

    25 25.00%
  • your own private studio

    17 17.00%
  • studio access 24/7

    35 35.00%
  • A studio with special features/equipment (please specify)

    1 1.00%
  • a computer lab with state-of-the-art equipment

    10 10.00%
  • specialized classes, such as old master techniques, digital painting,digital photo etc

    26 26.00%
  • a well-planned itinerary with trips, outdoor painting, and such, so it never gets boring

    17 17.00%
  • a variety of models for specific art projects

    17 17.00%
  • a comfortable room with plenty of space for your things

    18 18.00%
  • good, healthy food included with lodging

    21 21.00%
  • a large artists' library

    22 22.00%
  • walking distance to a gorgeous national park with cliffs, waterfalls, bears, wolves, and other wildlife

    17 17.00%
  • shorter, intensive 1-2 week workshops

    12 12.00%
  • longer 1-3 month semesters

    15 15.00%
  • fall, winter, and Spring courses

    14 14.00%
  • summer courses

    13 13.00%
  • getting a certificate upon mastery of an art, that really means something

    14 14.00%
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Thread: TArthurSmith - Sketches & Projects (nudity) UPDATE Friday Jan 13, 2012

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    Well the good news is you're capturing some likeness. The Bad news is I look at too much Porn... Happy New Year!!
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    a color study from photo by Päivi Valkonen- http://closer-to-heaven.deviantart.com/

    If you notice the pen lines underneath - I'm sketching over old, failed figure studies, to save paper.
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    I'm happy you're kicking colors again!!! Happy new year!
    I'm glad SM could point out so clearly the problem with values, I was aware of it but unable to figure how to discover the cause.
    There's already some improvement showing as you now erase when needed.
    Keep it up!!!
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    Thanks, Leo, and everyone. Here's another value study.
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    Happy New Year

    Wow, the change in just the last charcoals is great! Keep working on it. And I really love the blues you used in the colour study.
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    Nice progress with the value study. I'd like to see more value in the eyes, there can be so much detail to experiment with there. Also, I'd say her neck is a little too stretched.

    If you want to PM me with your e-mail address I'll send you a sample of one of the units I do.
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    Thanks everyone for the support. Woodbert, thanks for the lesson plans! I'll talk more once I get a chance to read them. So this last week, my family and I went to visit friends in another town. So I didn't get to do nearly the painting I wanted. Ah well. It was a good trip.

    Just tonight, I went back to doing a few studies. I went back into an old charcoal sketch that didn't look good, using the erasor. I'll post it as soon as I can get decent lighting. With these sharpie studies, I figure I can get away with using my flash at night. But with the charcoal pics it ruins the values.

    Anyway, here are the studies. I'd like to do more work, but school's starting again, and I have lots still to grade...

    The first portraits from a photo by...Natasha Schon. The second, I'm not sure of.

    The first nude I don't know either, but the second's by Frank Picollo
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    That last value study looks good. Maybe the hairs a bit unfinished but I don't know if you were worried about that as much. I'd say it's a little more elegant than some others I've seen. Hope all's well for you. Good luck getting that studio together.
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    Here's that touch up I was talking about. Thanks Bill. I'm trying to improve.
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    You are improving man. This stuff is hard, and takes time. A short crit on the piece above, your darkest dark is the area running behind the neck from below the ear. That deep dark, and resulting contrast is like a magnet for the eye. I think you know the theory already, I'm just pointing it out here.

    On the structural side, it can be really, really hard to keep a figure from being crosseyed, as I'd say that she is a bit here. Someone else will probably have a system with guidelines or something. For me it's always just been time. Her mouth and nose aren't perfect but for what it's worth I would say you're making progress. She has a little more sense of life than some others. Good highlight on her right cheek (our left). Just a thought but toneing the negative space behind her might get that to pop a little more. That's a style choice though.
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    you're right on all points. Thanks alot man!
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    TA,

    I'm getting some work done tonight and using a small device that might (or might not) be of use to you. Since back in classical times, I think, art students would put their portraits up to a mirror. It's amazing how much 'skew'can become apparent when you do this.
    A shortcut to get a similiar effect is to draw on tracing paper. This allows you to get the mirror image by by flipping over the paper. Also, you can draw a mark on one side that, when working on the other side, won't erase. It's a good way to help yourself keep facial proportions in check. You probably already knew about this but if you haven't actually tried it maybe it'd be worth a try.

    Just a thought.
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