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January 15th, 2009 #1
Okazu. . .
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January 16th, 2009 #3
First post pasted here due to thumbnail edit.
O.K. well here goes nothing.
So I just registered here a few months ago and posted some stuff up in the crit centre where I got some very useful crits which helped me push myself further than was comfortable and the pieces I was working on turned into some of the best work I've done, so thanks C.A.
Other than that I've been scoping out the rest of the site and regularly picking my jaw up off the floor. You folks in here make me want to be better. I can't say enough about how inspiring it all is. Thank you all for putting yourselves out there so that I can learn form your work and experience.
Well enough talk on to the pics.
These are posted from earliest to most recent. ( Oh yeah as it is a hobby I don't get to draw as much as most folks on here so I may not update all that often.
ref'd from a photo mag. graphite on paper
some hand studdies
Portrait of my buddy Jim graphite and conte on Illustration board
Some ref'd figure studies trying to get away from using a smudge stick - teaching myself how to use the pencil to create tonal changes - So far to go!
Portrait of my sister-in-law and her new husband graphite&conte on illustration board. (this one should come before the figure studies.
Thanks. It's the only way I know how to do highlights with graphite. Are there more? do tell.
After looking through some more of the work here I realize that I need to start working bigger - All of these pieces are 9"X12" - gotta go buy myself a big pad and maybe some charcoal pencils too.
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January 16th, 2009 #4
What is "subtractive highlighting"
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January 16th, 2009 #5
Well as I've stated I don't have a formal background in this stuff, but I assumed that subtractive highlighting refers to the technique of removing graphite from the image with a kneadable gum eraser thus creating a highlight .
January 16th, 2009 #6
January 20th, 2009 #7
Small update here. I got a new Moleskine from my wife. She wanted a notebook, but accidentally picked up a watercolour book by accident, so she asked if I wanted it as the paper was too toothy for her. I said yeah 'cus I've wanted a small portable sketchbook for a while now. I'm not sure though 'cus the paper is pretty coarse. Here's a elf portrait I'm almost done fiddling with what do you folks think? any ideas as to how to make the best of this paper for sketching?
January 22nd, 2009 #8
i like the pencil stuff you've got going on so far.
if you want to make use of the watercolor moleskine, why not change direction and do some watercolor sketches? i don't mean get a full palette or anything though. at first, just buy one tube of GOOD quality watercolor--something like venetian red, or burnt umber, or sepia. and then find a suitable tiny container-- altoids mint boxes work well, but they also tend to rust.--something that size with a lid would be perfect.
just squeeze out a small pile of the paint and let it dry and stick to the surface of the container. then all you need to do is do a line drawing and then do a couple of monochrome washes. i think it would help improve your drawing by giving you a chance to focus on line for a while instead of rendering full value with the pencil.
**GOOD quality is important for the watercolors. if you buy cheap stuff, they don't re-wet nicely after they;ve dried. believe me, i've wasted a lot of money fighting with them...
ccsears' mentoring thread--Lesson 1. Pen and Ink, hatching
ccsears' mentoring thread--Lesson 2. Reilly's Head Abstraction Notes & Discussion
some threads i've been following and some people i met along the way:
Tensai *** Mike Butkus' SB *** Bhanu *** Wanimal *** AztcFireFlwr
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January 22nd, 2009 #9
OH My GOD! It is so weird that you just posted in my sketchbook Chris. I spent a good 2 -3 hours last night reading through yours and fell asleep only to wake up this morning and continue where I left off. Now I'm going through you SB and your mentoring stuff.
(O.K. Sally Field voice on) " You like MY pencils? You really like my pencils?" (Sally Field voice off) Wow I'm totally flattered - Thanks.
As for the watercolour suggestion. I have been really hesitant to try painting as I don't know anything about it (any kind of painting - never done any - well outside of primary school that is) plus I don't really know anything about colour theory. So I've always been a little afraid of it.
That being said I found a pack of twelve Reeves watercolour tubes in the art supply closet here at the house (I think they belonged to my brother-in-law from when he was putting together his portfolio to get into architecture a couple of years ago) and decided to have a go. This is still at the under painting stage but I'm kind of liking it. It's from a photo I took when I was in living in Seoul S.Korea, it's the part of the royal palace complex Gyeongbokgung.
I like the idea of the washes too I'll have to try that out. I was thinking of starting to use my set of warm gray Prismacolour markers for tonal variations and a black conte pencil for the lines.
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February 11th, 2009 #10
O.K. guess I should update this thing, although I haven;t actually finished all that much well anyway here we go.
A really bad nude I did trying out my prismacolor markers - used too many should have stuck with three
a couple of pages of some mediocre (sp?)
An unfinished portrait that probably won't get finished.
An update on that watercolour I posted earlier (probably as finished as it wil get.
Another attempt at using watercolour (probably won't be making another for a while - I'm sure you can see why)
Some friends from Seoul and tokyo ( think I'll do more of these I like 'em - even though I f'd up the faces)
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February 11th, 2009 #11
i really like your rendering with the pencil stuff. your watercolors seem a bit flat, though, which may be intentional. you may want to push some of the lights and darks though.
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