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    Back to basics of Art

    I really am cracking down on myself and decided to go back to the very basics---portraits/shapes/colors/values--things you expect from Art 101 courses and whatnot. I found some great exercises on this site under peer mentoring projects in the mentoring community. So here is where I am at.

    First, I have two sphere practices where one is just sitting on a table and the other is a series of skin-toned balls. Just tones.

    Then, I have 20 sets of greyscale/tone practice. Yes, it took me that long before something in my mind clicked about darker colors versus lighter colors. God, I have a lot to learn. They are all in order, so it would go something like Tone 1 Grey 1, Tone 2 Grey 2, etc.

    I am only posting one of each assignment on the forum here: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=76955

    but this thread here is going to be a documentation of my long, hard journey. Who knows--maybe it will be inspirational or daunting to another newbie...

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    Nice start to your SB , It's good to master the basics so your art is then built on solid foundations (of which I know nothing about) (yet ) keep up the good work

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    Thanks! Yeah, stopped serious drawing for about four years--even then, I took only one college class and one class in high school. The highschool teacher put me off classes for a long time because she would draw over things you did (which I hated--digital paintovers are fine, you aren't doing anything to MY piece, but a traditional paintover is permenant and makes the piece no longer mine). I really want to reach those pro levels with the beautiful art like Henning of Diane....some day

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    Still Life Practice

    So after that looooong ordeal with greyscale versus color, I decided to take it to the next step and do a still life that I setup at home. I first did the composition in greyscale, trying to see if I could match the values. And then I colored it. Then I took the colored version and turned it to grayscale (easy in photoshop). The color-turned-grey version is actually pretty close to the original greyscale. Of course, the big question is on the original. I did take a picture of the setup and I will post that when I am able to upload it to the computer. I don't have the little gizmo for that right now

    To get a white background, I too old sketchbook and propped up the back of it so that it would form a floor and wall. Then I took a lamp and placed it to the right of it. The whole setup is on the floor, so I was kind of looking down on it. It put some objects at weird angles (the battery charger).

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    Japanese pear
    Metallic funnel
    Cup
    A pair of rolledup socks
    Battery charger for digital camera.
    Rings of the sketchbook binding.

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    If you want to learn basics (anatomy, perspective, composition, proportions,..), start with simple lines (pencil/pen - traditional, 2px-5px hard brush - digital).
    Then start with rendering (lighting, shading, coloring, details..)

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    Thanks, WoLf. Yeah, my lines have never been steady and even in art class I always struggled. My hand just doesn't like straight lines haha. As I said in my first post, I am using :class like exercises: I find. In this case, the Peer Project in mentoring. I'm just following those exercises and then doing a cumulative to see where I am at. I think I saw a thread or two about lines, but I can't find it again so I will have to look. I want to finish this peer thread first and then move on to it. A little out of order, I know..but it feels comfortable for me...go figure

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    More color practice with the Peer Tutoring Thread

    These exercises almost killed me--too much percentage and math! Ahhh!!! Haha but I tried and did okay. The first image was the third exercise, and I think I did all right on it. (I'm not going to explain the exercise, any one can go and look at it on the thread. It is stickied.)

    The fourth exercise was a pain!!! My thoughts as I did this? Shoot me!!! Ah!!! But I do understand the point of it. Light affects objects differently in a given piece, and sometimes the affects can be very dramatic. This can really impact a piece--say if I want a red post but am using a blue light. This is actually really good stuff!

    So I did the exercise first one my own and tried my best to understand the dynamics. My mind wanted to shut down with all the math numbers and percentages ,but I still gave it my best. Then I scrolled through all the posts to find examples of others and feedback, and finally found the post with the key. I got about 40% right--if that. I made corrections in the second one by going over the original, so you c an see blurring on the ones I corrected. Some of them just needed more of the hue and I count that as being pretty close. As much as I really wanted to bang my head against a wall on this one, this was definately an assignment that I really appreciate and will never forget.

    As soon as I finish up these Peer Tutoring Exercises I am going to hunt around for similar exercises on line and perspective. I found Loombergs book as PDF (that wasn't his name...ugh...he is really famous for having great guides and stuff). But they focus mainly on form and figure more than lines.

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    There is A LOT of e-books on net about drawing. Some are free, some not.
    I suggest you Andrew Loomis books and Perspective Drawing Handbook by Joseph d' Amelio.

    Also, if you'll have time, read this: http://spoonbard.deviantart.com/art/...-v1-3-40590655


    and after that, start looking for books for rendering. But most important are LINES.

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    Loomis!! that was the name!!! Thanks, WoLf I haven't heard of D'Amelio before--I will look for him.

    And I have an account on DA, but you just saved me a long search You are awesome!

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    Nice studies, I need to work on my coloring too.

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    That peer tutoring thread has some great exercises to practice with color. I highly recommend it

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    Nice studies eh! I'm having trouble figuring out colour myself; so I'll be trying some of those exercises myself today

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    Lines Lines LINES!!!!

    I once asked someone if my lines were that bad. I can answer honestly--yes. Yes, they are....

    I actually am finding this very VERY fascinating. I am using two sites for this study. The following exercises below are from an outside site:

    http://www.drawspace.com

    (highly recommended) In my next post I will show the other exercises I did from conceptart.org.

    In any case, I am lefthanded--but a good artist can probably tell just by looking at these sketches. My vertical lines are not too bad, I think--all things considered. Horizontal and vertical--ack! Between these exercises and the ones in the next post, I have already spent one hour on this. I am merely posting to give me a break.

    One thing I noticed as I did these is that just using the wrist to move, even on a tablet, is not good for lines. But also, neither is just moving the whole arm. There are a couple that turned out fairly well and it was because I coordinated the wrist and arm movement just right. But then...I couldn't always repeat it. Just doing these exercises, I now understand why "Start with lines". Though, I don't understand why it matters if you start with color versus lines, etc. I think both are good for starting out, but I definately definately need to work on my lines. So I will do these two websites exercises for a while, then go back to color, then go back to lines, then do a combo.

    I always do cummulative projects. For lines, it will probably just be line art of various objects/imagination/etc.

    My one one question is....how do you get good at drawing lines!!?!?!?! I know..practice...but it seems like just practicing drawing lines isn't going to make me draw them straight

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