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    jb777's learning sketchbook. please leave feedback.

    I am a beginner trying to learn about the basic forms and how to shade them. I want alot of pro feedback so I can become better.

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    Lemon

    My first painting is a lemon. I drew it from life. I created it in Photoshop (mostly with the brush tool at different settings). I had some difficulty with the cast shadow. Next time I will try harder.

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    Hi, I think it's a good first attempt!

    I think the lemon itself is mostly okay (though it could do with a bit more contrast).

    The real issues I'm noticing are related to the background and the object placement. It looks like you painted the lemon from life, minus the background, and then decided to play with it a bit digitally. I'd recommend staying away from gradient effects, especially since the lemon was painted by brush, not by gradient. Stay consistent with the tools that you're using.

    Also, was there really a bright green background? If so, there should be some sort of reflected green light on the lemon. Here, take a look at this image:
    http://blog.mycology.cornell.edu/wp-...8/05/lemon.jpg

    Notice the green area? That's from the light reflected from the table. You'll want to observe closely for any of those types of interactions, especially if you work in color. It can help "place" your object in a scene, instead of looking like it was copy-and-pasted there.

    Additionally, you may want to try working in gray-scale for a bit. It's a great way to learn values.

    Best of luck!

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    Thanks for the helpful tips. Next time I will put more thought into the background and how it interacts with the main object. Next I'll be painting an apple from life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jb777 View Post
    Thanks for the helpful tips. Next time I will put more thought into the background and how it interacts with the main object. Next I'll be painting an apple from life.
    Good luck with that! I'm sure it'll be good practice.

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    Heres the apple I tried to create. I'm not too happy with the results but I tried my best. I think im having a little trouble getting the apple shape right. Maybe I made it too round? I never thought an apple could be so complex.

    I tried adding a blue tinted reflection to the apple to match the background but it still looks like its floaty.

    Any critics welcome. I seem to get better when people give me tips.

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    To get the outline, try practicing some contour drawing.

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xjv...orial_creation

    It's not the greatest example, but it's what google turned up.

    Also, in regards to learning how to "see", you should really check out the "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" book. It really helped me out a lot and there are some great exercises in there to help you get the basics down.

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