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    Lav – I'm glad that you find this sketchbook interesting.

    Paints 2012 part 7 – Repetition again. Two figures and still life reducing to simple figures.

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    Paints 2012 part 8 – Exercise on equilibrium. I found it in "Expressive Drawing" by Steven Aimone.

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    Paints 2012 part 9 – Exercise on equilibrium. Next works.

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    Paints 2012 part 10 – Symmetrical and asymmetrical composition with the same elements on start.

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    Grzessnik,

    Your art is really expressional and has inspired me alot to try this working method. Your sketches looks truly artistic, and I can only hope to achieve something in the like.

    Can you please tell us a little about how you draw? Your sketches seems to rely heavily on contours. Are you doing most of your drawing as blind contours, where you almost always look on your object, rather than your sketchbook/paper?

    I also like the blocky values you put in with that ink tool. Can you post a link or a picture so I can see which tool you are using for that? Thanks

    Anyways, keep doing your beautiful work

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    Reaping – Thank you for stopping by. I'm glad to hear you find this thread valuable. I try to answer your questions.
    It's true that my drawing rely on contours. I think it's because of my basic tool (fountain pen). When I started this thread I work with blind drawing. Next were gesture drawings and experiments with drawings rely on senses (weight, smell etc.). Now I mix all of above. I look at the subject mostly and my lines are free in flow and respond to my feelings.
    About tools. I use very old fountain pen with gold flexible nib (my is Conklin Crescent 1918). I like how it allows to change a line width. For values i use two brush pens with container (something like this). As my blacks i use Noodlers X Feather for Conklin and Parker for brush (it is little lighter than Noodlers so pen line is still visible). As a gray i use Ecoline 718 (warm gray).
    When i find little time i try to make photo of my tools.

    Paints 2012 part 11 – One paint made with acrylics and graphite. I like abstract works and possibility to rework and rethink my process.

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    Thanks for explaining it to me, Grzessnik. I was so inspired that I went home after work and tried to work in a similar method of yours. I must say that I really loved drawing in semi-blind contour(only looking down when I need to change positions, like when I have to draw the eye sockets in a skull). It gave my work more expression and life, as opposed to many of my drawings that are stiff and boring.

    I don't have ink or a fountain pen, but I was able to use a Pentel Stylo Sketch Pen(http://www.amazon.com/Pentel-Stylo-S.../dp/B003XQFWCO). And this water pen which I filled with water and black watercolor from a tube(http://www.amazon.com/Pentel-Aquash-...ef=pd_sbs_op_1)

    You have been a great source of inspiration. Thanks

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    Reaping – great to hear, you gained more expression in your works.
    Don't think too much about tools. It is only tool and it changes. Today pen, tomorrow pencil maybe etc.
    Keep working with open mind and turn off your inner critic.

    Paints 2012 part 12 – Emphasize elements and changing in composition 1/5.
    I've prepared two sheets with lines (like first image, but remains only this one) scanned and printed some copies. My goal was change composition with changing elements only.

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    Made my own sketchbook where I posted some of my drawings inspired by your technique. Have a look

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    Reaping – Great work. Keep drawing!

    Paints 2012 part 13 – Emphasize elements in composition 2/5.

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    Paints 2012 part 14 – Emphasize elements in composition 3/5

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    I really like the overall variaty of the sketchbook, you have very interesting abstract work

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    Lav – Thank you. Your works are great. I try to find what is interesting for me. It changes so my sketchbook changes too.

    Paints 2012 part 15 – Emphasize elements in composition 4/5

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    Paints 2012 part 16 – Emphasize elements in composition 5/5

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    Paints 2012 part 17 – Emphasize elements in composition II 1/2. Acrylics and graphite.

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    Paints 2012 part 18 – Emphasize elements in composition II 2/2. Acrylics and graphite.

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    Paints 2012 part 19 – Grid drawings/paintings like Ellsworth Kelly. Pen, ink, acrylics and graphite cutted and glued.

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    Paints 2012 part 20 – Two acrylics works.

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    Paints 2012 part 21 – Working from big to little shapes.

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    Paints 2012 part 22 – A broken color acrylic painting.

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    Paints 2012 part 23 – Window composition in acrylics and graphite.

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    I really like your sketchbook because it shows a vast amount of studying. You focus more on elements and principles more than a "pretty" picture. I started this realization about last year. I'm interested in the composition exercise template on the last page, where you printed out copies and tried to do it differenty. Can you explain this method further? I'm interested. You could private message me if you like. Thanks God bless!

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    poetry man – thanks for stopping by. I think that "pretty" is difficult to define and depends on personal taste and experiences. I try to do my best and because I'm graphic designer specialising in print (rather then painter, illustrator etc.) my goal is to learn about elements and principles. Of course I love to draw and paint but I'm not realist and a don't aim for that.
    When you thnik about composition exercise, you refer to posts 309–317? I've started from drawing lines with ruler (of course it can be freehand too). When I was pleased with amount and directions I've scanned my sheet and printed it few times. So it was my template. Then I've started to change emphasis on first sheet. I've used black graphite to made lines stronger and bolder and white acrylics to make them lighter. It was great, because I've started without assumptions and composition changed while working.
    Next sheets are made with the same method, only techniques changed. Sometimes I've used initial weight and changed onli lightness, sometimes I left vertical lines or horizonta etc.
    The same principle was in next exercise with "stoneslike elements".
    If you are interested with this kind of exercises there is great book "Expressive drawing" by Steven Aimone.
    Good luck and keep drawing.

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    Color charts 1. Base colors – After two weeks, my color charts are complete.
    The first one is all my base colors with white. Colors are:
    • Cadmium yellow (PY74/PY83)
    • Cadmium orange (PY83/PO34)
    • Cadmium scarlet (PR9/PY83)
    • Crimson (PR122/PR5)
    • Ultramarine (PB21)
    • Phthalo blue (PB15)
    • Phthalo green (PG7)

    Top row is color without white.
    Bottom row is color almost white but color is still visible
    Middle row is 50% color (it means halfway between top and bottom)
    Second and fourth row are values halfway between top–middle and middle–bottom (75% and 25% color).

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    Color charts 2. Cadmium Yellow – Base color is cadmium yellow. It is mixed with others colors that color changes but yellow characteristic remains (I hope so).
    My observations:
    Yellow, because of it lightness is difficult to mix. You don't know how far you can go adding white.
    White is cooling color.
    You can mix great variety of greens using yellow and different blues and greens (here ultramarine, phthalo blue, phthalo green)
    When one color dominates, there is great harmony of colors.

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    Color charts 3. Cadmium Orange – Base color is cadmium orange. It is mixed with others colors that color changes and orange characteristic remains.
    My observations:
    • Orange is very energetic color
    • Cadmium orange mixed with Cadmium yellow changes a little in full color. Difference is visible when adding white.
    • Cadmium orange and blues or greens (Ultramarine, Phthalo Blue, Phthalo Green) produces great browns.


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    Color charts 4. Cadmium Scarlet – Base color is cadmium scarlet.
    My observations:
    • Red is very intense color
    • Cadmium scarlet mixed with Cadmium orange or cadmium yellow changes a little in full color. Difference is visible when adding white.
    • Cadmium scarlet and blues or greens (Ultramarine, Phthalo Blue, Phthalo Green) produces darker browns than cadmium orange.


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    Color charts 5. Crimson – Base color is crimson (pigments PR122 and PR5).
    My observations:
    • Crimson gives deepest reds in my paints.
    • This is the coolest red in my tubes.
    • Crimson and blues or greens (Ultramarine, Phthalo Blue, Phthalo Green) produces very dark violets (almost black).


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    Color charts 6. Ultramarine – Base color is ultramarine (pigments PB21).
    My observations:
    • With ultramarine you can obtain cool blues and violets.
    • Ultramarine mixed with cadmium orange and scarlet gives achromatics greys and deep almost black colors but with personality.
    • Ultramarine and Phthalo blue gives interesting blue (warmer than ultramarine and cooler than phthalo).


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    Color charts 7. Phthalo Blue – Base color is phthalo blue (pigments PB15).
    My observations:
    • Phthalo blue mixed with other colors gives warmer blues to green.
    • Phtlhalo blue with yellow produces intense green.
    • Phthalo blue mixed with other colors without white gives very dark colors (almost black).


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