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    Onions and Garlic

    Hello everyone,
    This is my first post here. I thought I would start off with a still life. Not exactly cutting edge stuff here. In fact it is a result of studying the masters.

    This is one of the most thought out compositions I have ever done. I was adjusting the elements and lighting for three days before I even started drawing. Even some of the crumples in the bag were planned. My goal was to use the compositional techniques of 17th century Flemish classical realism to lead the eye through the piece. The dark areas of the bag serve as a contrasting background for the onions and garlic, and the interesting lighting effects on the shadow side of the bag create arrows that should lead the eye to the onion in the back. The background is lighter on the right side to create contrast with the shadow side of that onion. All this, just to make it look like my purchases from the market are waiting on my butcher block while I go look for a knife. By the way, I don't own a butcher block. I had to make that one up.

    Comments and Critiques are welcome.

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    Onions and Garlic

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    Holy crow!
    What a wonderful rendering! Nice composition and textures!
    Was this a lithograph or a graphite project?
    The textures you achieved in the wood and the background are really sweet!
    Congrats and post more!
    Is there a color version in the future? Be interesting to see if you can push the value into RGB.

    Cheers!
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    hey J.D. , nice to see you over here! i'm a member over at your artpapa forums. i've seen this piece before and i really love it. the texturing is great, that paper bag looks fantastic. Welcome aboard!!

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    This is what I should be doing more of; drawing/painting stuff around me!

    You have certainly achieved your goal IMO: to get it to look like the 'old masters' ' work. Nice rendering, details, texture....


    Nice.

    Crits: Ehm - none.


    Oh - and welcome.

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    Thanks guys,
    Thanks for the welcome and kind comments John P.

    Good to see a familiar face here Zip.

    Redehlert, this was done with charcoal and graphite. I use my digital to make the jpgs and there is always unwanted color casts so I switch everything to gray scale before I upload. It loses some of the detail and contrast but it's better than blue onions!

    I recently got a new monitor and I need to calibrate it. Does anyone know of the best way to do this, aside from purchasing Photoshop?

    J. D. Hillberry

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    Fantastic...I can almost smell them they look so real

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    JEEZUM!!
    Nice job, dood. I cant even think about how I would go about rendering a paper bag, and you did it perfectly!! great Job.

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    Incredible work, J.D. -- welcome to the board!

    As far as calibrating your monitor, Photoshop and Illustrator (and maybe other Adobe products) come with a control panel called Adobe Gamma - I think they may even be included in the tryout version of PS, which you can download from Adobe's site. That way you should be able to run the calibration utility without having to pay for the full app. (I'm on a Mac, but I'm pretty sure Gamma is available for the PC as well.)

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    Cool

    Hiya J.D....

    Glad to see you here at CA. I've had your textures book for some time now. It's brilliant. Any plans on putting together another one?

    Monitor Calibration: Here's a good site for some calibration tips. Click!

    - blind
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    Welcome to Conceptart.org's forums. It's an honor and a surprise to have you here J. D. - Hope to see more work from you in the future.

    oh yes, and this piece is brilliant.

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    Thumbs up

    nice! stick around we would love to see more!

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    gorgeous!!!

    now if i could only get the rest of these guys to do some of that stuff. If it aint got robots in it...i cant get them to draw it.

    Im starting a new post...STILL LIFE TIME!!!!


    great eye!!...great show of patience...great measuring and accuracy too!


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    Awesome, J. D. Hillberry is posting here. I can't wait to see more traditional methods.

    And I would love to see a traditional project/thread!

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    That is great! I would like to crumple that bag. :-D May I aks You: how long You`ve been drawing it?

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    I too would also like a traditional thread. Anyways. Awesome composition J.D. Thats what does it for me. I mean a lot of people can render an onion, but that composition is what makes that piece. Great stuff!

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    great job. looks almost photographic, but better! the contrasting elements really makes it. that's one thing I struggle with a lot, I forget to have enough contrast between things.

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    Oh man! J.D. Hillberry is here!!:eek: I'm watching you for 2 years and i love your work. Your renderings are super real...Good to see you in here Mr. Hillberry.

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    your explaination is very interresting. Good work over researching that old style and then using it. outstanding render

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    MindCandy pointed me to this still life - and I'm glad he did. WOW!

    :cool:

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    Omg... The onion, the bag, the wood table... omg wtf.. How do you do it?!?! That is insane, I must practice so I can do that.. What kind of pencil/s did you use??

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    Well yes it's lovely but.... it is also very formal and stiff. rather like a Prudhon nude, a Degas nude however almost lives and breaths. Why perfect and uniform rendering has this effect I dunno Escher gets away with it but the ideas are so good. Looking at the other comments I should probably now duck!
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    Welcome J. D. Hillberry. I remember that piece from another place. I can't wait to see some of your newer stuff !

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    great work but.......
    did it REALLY need a copywrite?

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    i envy you. great stuff homey g.

    btw - technically he doesn't need to throw a copyright on it. he owns all the rights to the work from the time he put down the pencil. for more info on that type of stuff read the GAG handbook.


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    i was just kidding around
    i know about all the legal mumbo jumbo
    its great werk

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    Awesome. The wood grain is beautiful, the shine on the onion is perfect.

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    Nice control of values and contrast. Textures are right on. No critiques.

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    Thumbs up

    just had to reply to this one. well done. You've done a very nice job of this. particularily like the wood grain. looks great

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    this thread was originally posted in January 2003..... dakoscwash revived it.

    If you do happen by and read this J.D, great work, I have one of your books as well. :beer:

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    Goddamn thread diggers.. I been foooooooled ! :mrt:

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