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    Chris Goodwin's Sketchbook

    Hello, I just joined the site and uploaded some recent work.

    I currently have a book cover to do but I'm waiting on the
    size specs before I get going on it. I'll post up progress on
    that here as it comes. I'm not sure if this is the right part
    of the forum for that kind of thing(?)

    In the meantime, here's a painting of my shoe. I teach painting
    and this was a quick demonstration of using gouache to my
    students, we painted our shoes in class (30 minutes drawing, then
    then an hour painting). Working from observation is always useful,
    and things like shoes make perfect subjects for two reasons.

    First, they are organic in shape, typically without a lot of
    straight lines to worry about. I've noticed that many students
    get caught up in notions of detail and representational precision
    too soon in a picture, instead of trying to capture the overall gesture.

    Second, they aren't figurative. This helps to avoid preconceptions
    about anatomy and learned habits/shortcuts, forcing them to actually
    rely on observation to inform the shapes.

    It's a great exercise and a time-honored subject for a still life

    Uh.. so here's my shoe, made with prussian blue, sepia, yellow ochre and
    white. Limiting your palette can be useful for helping you to focus on
    other things. Black paint is a lie.

    Other, hopefully more interesting stuff to follow.

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    "Unicorn"

    Bleh, still waiting on clarification for size of this cover image. I'd love to get started on it sooner than later.

    In the meantime, here's a unicorn.

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    Heya welcome to CA

    I like the shoe, and the unicorn design is really cool. Can't wait too see the cover

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    good work!

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