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    Portrait and other studies.

    PLEASE GO TO THE LAST PAGE. Thankyou.


    Hi all. Would love your thoughts on my drawings. Any comments or impressions appreciated.

    These are all drawings on Fabriano Ingres paper over the last 6-8 months. Some are Sanguine (deep rust colour) or black Conte stick. The rest are just graphite/charcoal.Thanks for looking.
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    Portrait and other studies.:

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    MArine Blue-

    Very nice work! I would add that you need to punch up your darks to help
    model your forms. Check Rebbecca Kimmels work on this portion of this site.
    You'll see what I mean.
    Good Job! keep it Up!!

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    Hi Doug

    I would agree with you there. I take kind of a layered approach so sometimes I stop short of really pushing the tonal values. I have seen Kimmels work its great. Thanks for the advice.

    James



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    Good drawings, i like theese)

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    Thank you. Glad you like them!



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    good portrait man, really good job, put lights whiter and it'll be perfect
    try to do a self portrait, it would be a good exercice

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    Thanks dude. I will try. I tend to subdue the whites to stop them popping out though. I think it is more to do with the contrast, like Doug said; pushing those darks more. I think then the lights will show up better.

    I have been meaning to do a self portrait, I just put it off because I think I would quickly tire of looking at myself for hours.



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    James-
    If you are having trouble with the tonal values try using a photographers grey scale
    to help match your values. If you get the chance try going over and checking out
    rational painting http://rationalpainting.org/ some really great stuff. I would like to see
    you take a couple of your earlier posts and add the darks and show everyone the before
    and after pics.
    Again, Good job!

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    Hi Doug

    I have just registered with rationalpainting and am awaiting a response. I may revisit my earlier drawings and do what you said, I will certainly be working towards deeper values in my next drawings. Thanks for the encouragement and tips.

    James.



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    Really very nice work!Good drawings.I like this

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    Thank you. Glad you like them!



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    Couple more loose sketches studying anatomy.

    All sketches formally listed in this thread have now been moved to sketchbook section.

    Thanks for looking.

    James.
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    surprise to see the exact same book I used for my sketch book. I also did draw all those anatomy on mine which looks juust like urs lmao!

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    Nice work! I have a problem with accidentally smudging graphite. Any tips on how to avoid it?

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    Hi Cool. Yeah the bridgeman books are great exercise, plenty of people use his studies in here. No shame in it

    Hi Alesoun, On my more finished sketches I work on an easel and use a mahl stick (http://www.artifolk.co.uk/catalog/pr...m?r=froogle)to prevent resting my hand on my work. (Don't let it become a crutch though) and make sure my pencils are sharp. I do smudge with my finger deliberately though when I need to. With sketches, I am pretty rough as it is just for study so smudging doesn't bother me.

    Hope this helps

    James.

    Hope that helps.



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    Heya- your conte drawings are strong, as is the amount of studies you have up on your sketchbook thread. Good stuff all round

    As for your question regarding life drawing classes and Bargue plates on the UK thread, I'd say any life drawing class with extended or multi-session poses are a good start- longer poses allow you to observe carefully and get the drawing accurate enough for more detailed rendering... most of the better sessions even in London tend to be of a longer pose length for that reason.

    Bargue plates are also great if you can get your hand on it- sight-size studies help to improve line quality and general drawing skillset. Apart from that, would be interested to see some works in colour from you soon.

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    Hiya mate, thanks for the kind comments. I have ordered the Bargue book with a view to blowing up the prints and trying that out. I am in need of some colour in my life I agree with you there. All in good time though. Looks like I need to join a life drawing session pretty soon too... we shall see.

    Cheers

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    Marine Blue's really your all sketches are amazing.

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    Thank you so much, your very kind!



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    Update

    Here is an update of my latest work. Based on a photo by David Johnston.

    I have called it 'Hard Knock'.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Marine_Blue View Post
    Hi all. Would love your thoughts on my drawings. Any comments or impressions appreciated.

    These are all drawings on Fabriano Ingres paper over the last 6-8 months. Some are Sanguine (deep rust colour) or black Conte stick. The rest are just graphite/charcoal.Thanks for looking.
    I'd strong;y recommend dropping the heavy gradient paper once you've mastered value. You're a good sketcher but if you haven't already done so I'd suggest getting some Bargue plate images off google for free and start reproducing them. Bargue plates have been used for over a century to teach students exacting skills re value and line. When I look at each of your sketches I see a good image which could be fantastic. The difference? You don't have enough values - I see 4 maximum levels of shade.

    If you go online and find a mindblowingly brilliant sketch which causes you to wonder whether it is a photo or not it is usually because that image has 5 or more levels of value.

    Get the Bargue plates and your skills will rapidly improve.

    And trust me - drop the gradient paper, all it does with mid-value sketches is make them two-dimensional.

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    Hi. Thanks for the advice. Funnily enough I have recently received the Charles Bargue Drawing Course by Gerald Ackerman. I am going to begin with some copies in the next day or two and see how I develop. Interesting advice about the paper too. I notice the book recommends only a slight tooth, looking forward to seeing how that turns out.

    the only thing stopping me is I am not too sure how to proceed with charcoal. It is a very fluid medium that I only use as a foundation. Any tips on how to create a resolved image with it?

    Thanks for the heads up.

    James.



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    James, I might suggest a paper like stonehenge or strathmore bristol vellum ( light tooth) or Canson recycled Bristol ( vellum) - slight tooth and to use graphite for some Bargue studies. Good luck!

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    Thanks Kevin, I was just coming on to find paper suggestions. You must have read my mind. Nice one!



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    Hey,

    If u are really into portraits, I would really recommend going deep into studying the skull. If u can, get one of the cast skull or other casts on the David's facial features. They are a great help in learning the structure of the face and will certainly complement your brague studies.
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    Thanks for the tips. I do have a skull, but I admit, I have not done a huge amount of studies from it. I am yet to begin my Bargue studies, so I will try to fit all that in. Unfortunately I am not a student and I work full time, so it takes a fair bit of commitment.

    By the way, very solid development on your work, I was just checking your thread.



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    Here is my latest



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    Another in Sanguine Conte of a Tibetan Soldier. Taken from a photo by Leo dos Remedios



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    Mucking about with oil

    Been trying to get used to Oil paint more recently. Finding it difficult as I am using cheap canvas that is quite slippery. Any suggestions would be appreciated and more importantly comments/crits on the work.

    It is pretty quick stuff and I know I need to tighten up but it is more a focus on tone and I guess the emotive (at least in the portraits) its not the best but its a start...

    I posted one earlier but decided to add more to my old thread of work.

    More to follow.
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