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    STILL LIFE THREAD!!!...GET BETTER AT DRAWING and SEEING..at the same time!!

    hey all...

    I think we have all noticed a lot of improvement out of everyone over the past six months. I think that part of this has to be owed to the daily excersizes such as the self portraits and the speed paintings.

    I have seen a tremendous amount of growth in the areas of imagintive drawing and painting. In the areas of observational drawing I think that we all still need a LOT of work.

    and thus...ITS STILL LIFE TIME.

    this new period is inspired by one of our newest members...JD HILLBERRY.

    Take a look at this thread link to see what I am talking about.

    http://www.jdhillberry.com/images/On...d%20Garlic.jpg

    and this site

    http://www.jdhillberry.com


    This kind of drawing is very patient and controlled. it will develop your eyes and will develop your skills. you can do it both digitally and traditionally.

    Lets see how many we can get ok!

    i will post some other still life images as I dig them up. Feel free to post some awesome still life stuff ok??

    choose anything you like...just draw some stuff!!

    placing a light near your objects will make things easier on you. One light source in an environment where the light is not constantly changing will be beneficial. Drawing in "north light" is ideal.

    Life drawing is perhaps the most single important aspect of learning to draw and paint. It is perhaps the most difficult thing an artist ever attempts to do. It is something that must be refined. we have been letting the life drawing section slide...its time to get back to basics...and to what is important!

    feel free to ask questions.

    PLEASE post your images in this thread.


    j

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    Re: STILL LIFE THREAD!!!...GET BETTER AT DRAWING and SEEING..at the same time!!

    Originally posted by Jason Manley
    Life drawing is perhaps the most single important aspect of learning to draw and paint. It is perhaps the most difficult thing an artist ever attempts to do. It is something that must be refined. we have been letting the life drawing section slide...its time to get back to basics...and to what is important!

    PLEASE post your images in this thread.


    j
    Well since you said life drawing is welcome, then I'll also post here my life drawngs from school!

    Here are today's life drawings. These were done towards the end of class. Each pose is two minute drawings. The model would start where it says the #1 and end at #5. I think they're pretty good for 2 minute poses!

    STILL LIFE THREAD!!!...GET BETTER AT DRAWING and SEEING..at the same time!!

    STILL LIFE THREAD!!!...GET BETTER AT DRAWING and SEEING..at the same time!!

    STILL LIFE THREAD!!!...GET BETTER AT DRAWING and SEEING..at the same time!!

    These are blind drawings. The model would pose. then we turn around and have to draw from memory for two minutes, and these are the results! The one in the middle was: study for 2, draw for 2, study for 1, finish with 2 minutes. I had never done this type of "blind" drawing before. It was really fun!

    STILL LIFE THREAD!!!...GET BETTER AT DRAWING and SEEING..at the same time!!


    -http://iwasink.com/-
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    "Get reference.
    There is nothing wrong with using a photo to help you see things.
    No one complains about life drawing,
    so take a photo.
    its easy, and will improve your piece greatly."
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    just for that...you owe me a still life!




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    Awesome work

    Does anyone have suggestions on how to do a nice still life digitally? I would go tradiational but i have no scanner.

    ps:i use my wacom on my lap..

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    to J> but aren't these still life's? :p I'll do one eventually. But my real question is: Is this thread for life drawings? that way i know what to post and what not o post!

    -http://iwasink.com/-
    DS Illustration
    "Get reference.
    There is nothing wrong with using a photo to help you see things.
    No one complains about life drawing,
    so take a photo.
    its easy, and will improve your piece greatly."
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    heres a still-life in oils from the first day of painting2 (just started), in case you cant tell the thingy in the back left is a chromish portable water container (theres a pic of one on feng's site) any crit is great, especially from other oil painters

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    I hope this is what you were looking for Jason. I spent 3 hours on it last night, I closed up shop when I noticed my clock read 6am.

    Digital still-life. Not too spectacular but it was a learning experience.

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    uh - great stuff everyone-
    COUNT ME IN (although.. i still have 9 bugs to do )
    Geronimooo

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    nice start blackhawk...Id like to see how far you can finish one of those...


    oblio..get those damn bugs done. you are needed in here.


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    well this is a lot harder than it seems. i put an avocado, a potato, and some crumpled garlic on a peice of paper and stuck it in a shallow bowl.

    this was really tough for some reason. some really weird colors in the shadows....

    i'll try another, time for sleeps.

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    vegetables...

    :iws:

    5 bugs done.. 5 more to go. Yet.. i couldn't stay away from this.

    Sorry Keyth - this is not eatable. (i don't know how is this called in english. Here it goes by "Tartacuta" - ornamental only nature spam.)
    Don't worry J - the next one will be traditional. ok?

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    P.S - the composition suck .. i know!

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    A still life thread is a great idea. Let me add my first two tries, both pencil. I'm quite happy with the first one,it came out better than I expected, so i will post it although some people told me already that there is NOTHING good in it.
    Nice work everyone ! :thumbsup:

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    plum, butternut fork

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    a fork for your knife, Nold ...

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    Wow.. mia - superb!
    Mind that the fork is bent at the handler (a litle little bit)

    Oblio

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    Thought I might join as well...

    Good starts everybody. I struggled about 45 minutes on mine.

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    Thanks for the knife ! Well done, I love the colors.

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    another one

    heres another in oils, for my painting class. 36x36"

    maismak, the colors in that one are fantastic. how about another one?

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    my first still life ever...first of many

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    what is the intention of this thread, should I be commenting on as much of the still lives posted as part of the learning experience as well?

    Sorry I bent my fork Oblio, I thought no-ne would notice. I tried to fix it but it got worse. I try harder nextime.

    jhibbs, thanks I was trying out this trick I read in a watercolour book lately. To make the orange look really orange the highlights are a very pale blue. Good work with the oils, I have never tried them myself.

    good one MCM definitely 3D feel.

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    mia that one is amazing...sure yeah the fork is bent VERY VERY little. But the fork is the best part to me...the reflections are awesome...you really painted what you saw with this...great work. I hope for the clarity of vision myself.

    jhibbs - looks awesome man...love the way you did the cloth.

    nold - great work man. I would try to push the values more. But great work man...keep it up!

    jester - good stuff man. That's a really complicated one sheesh hehehe. I would have a really hard time with that. For the next one shade it completely out. I think yours will look lovely completely rendered out.

    keyth - boy that was hard one...sheesh...great work with the textures though.

    oblio - the top part of the pumpkin thing looks awesome.

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    First art post for me... this is me learning Painter.

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    This is my first post here, and before I begin I must say I am soooo impressed with everyone. It is going to keep me from getting too complacent. Inspiring work from all of you. I welcome your comments and criticism.

    Here are 2 of a series of autobiographical still lifes I did back in 2001 - done in Corel Photopaint. no references. (oops, i lie - the penny is a photo- the apple and frog are referenced)

    Admit One

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    Quixotic (when you wish a frog was prince)

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    Red face

    ! What a coincidence... I found some really old film rolls last week and went to get them developped out of curiosity. Had the suprise to find pictures from when in fine arts a few years ago.
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    The scanner flared the right side of the picture but that's okay considering it was my first "nature morte" with paint.
    I have no regret ; some poor desperate soul stole it right after exhibition !

    I'm finishing emptying boxes and finally setting my easel back home.. it's hard to motivate yourself when you get back home at 11pm tho. Damn game developpers !!
    Anyway, I'll try to get back into painting.. scared..

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    human still lifes

    i did these sketches this morning over in the disection labs of the hospital...
    guess they can count as "human" still lifes..

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    you guys are lucky you cant smell these drawings....bleh they reek of formaldehyde

    -wes

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    Talking 30 min still life

    Did this just now real quick... mainly a color study, some proportions are off. I saved my first step seperate so i can go back and do the whole thing with detail (for once ) I love the work on this thread. Those cadaver sketches are great, albiet creepy. good job wes. Egerie, that looks totally professional (you must be). Mojo, thats a cool idea, i should try it. Job well done.
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    Wes is back dead! aaa.. from the dead.
    good to see you alive capt.

    HellTaxi - come on.. a little more work on it could make it a lot more better.

    egerie - wow - lovely. That metal thing is superb. Some perspective problems on the vase thing back there - i think. It looks a bit flat. MORE!

    mojo - ohh.. not current work so.. i'll be quite. Anyway.. how odd it may sound they look too clean. The light does not varry on the whole picture enough to create a mood. I hope you get my point. So.. MORE!

    eric - perspective pb. on the lower part - it looks ready to fall.
    nice start though.

    MCM - nice start. you can value the benefits of a still life.. it holds still doing so many SP's made me love something that doesn't move.
    So.. no excuse for the measurements errors, perspective and so on. The value is good though. Rock on MCM. Rock on...

    Jhibs - Oooh.. aaahhhh (i love it)

    Jester - very nice. very clean. Yet.. you can not have the same white value allover. i know the glass is transparent but it is a different material. same with every other object - different material = different value. or better, let me quote a cool guy:
    :different plane=different light=different value = different color" – Kevin Chen

    there you go - feedback. Now.. post some more. :p
    i will too.

    Oblio

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    Thank you very muchly Oblio

    wes9000 - OMG !!!! You lucky man .. I wish I could get in there to do anatomy studies, etc. I takes a lot to rattle me
    Will you do more ?

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    Thanks, Oblio, yes, you are right (I read this great thread, too) - but somehow I forgot while drawing. Will keep this in mind for the next one - which I will hopefully draw tonight. Founding a company (albeit a small one) is quite demanding and keeping me busy currently.

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    Oblio, thanks for the criticism, of course you are right. - there is a part of me that likes it bright and almost surreal - but of course I haven't even attempted to create something moodier. It might be great to see what would happen if I put the postive aspects (objects) into the light and the ones I'd rather forget about into the darkness...will work more and try that out.

    Please never fear offering criticism - old, new, anything...I am counting on you all to push me into trying new things...

    thanks again.

    :fish:

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    Well, another attempt, this time with markers. That spoon in front is made of horn btw, so no metal reflections can be expected here. Tried to keep Oblio's tips in mind - not sure whether I was successful or not. There are parts which I like and some I don't.

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