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    tracking progress....updated 15th November

    *moved from FF*
    I'm a teacher by trade but being married to an artist I'm exposed to much art and having watched my husband work away endlessly on his computer (especially for the recent thunderdomes), decided it was about time I learned to draw. That journey started in August 2004. Recently I have been drawn into the idea of digital art and was bought my own little wacom about 2 weeks ago and now I'm hooked !
    This is my first real stab at a painting.
    Objective: to get my head round the basics of PS.

    With this piece, I've now come to the point where I'm afraid to do any more incase I ruin what I have. I've learned a whole ton of stuff in the process of doing this and hoepfully can apply what I've learned to my next piece.
    This is the reference
    tracking progress....updated 15th November and this is my painting.tracking progress....updated 15th November
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    WIP 2nd painting

    Objective: to have sharper lines
    the ref tracking progress....updated 15th November and the WIP tracking progress....updated 15th November
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    show us traditional art and for painting i would recomend to take about 50$ and buy a basic traditional media suply to get the feeling of painting and belive me you will have much more fun even if you wont be making any "serious" art but just messing with brushes and paint gives a good feeling and more confidence , for crits on those 2 paintings i would say you going good if you want real deap crits on the mistakes etc just say , will be glad to help you out .
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    Thanks for the comment Eew.
    I already own an extensive traditional media supply and have played with paint and other stuff for a couple of years but in a very abstract form because I didnt know how to draw or represent anything in a life like way. At school I didnt take art as an option so I havent had any kind of 'teaching' for 22 years but having 'played' for long enough and watching others learn, decided it might not actually be too late for me to learn how to draw.
    I will in future post my traditionl media stuff too as I'm sure I'll find it useful to see all developments beside each other.
    As I get more confident I may well take you up on more in-depth crits.
    Anyway, thanks again.
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    I'm done for tonight...I'm getting tired now from staring at this screen all day plus I need to go do the work I'm paid to do before I fall asleep !
    Tomorrow night I have life drawing class but hopefully I'll be able to find time throughout the week for this one.

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    Great progress for just one day! I can't think of anything more to say other than keep it up!

    *grin*
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    You need to do more anatomy...and check your values....wait...did I just say that?
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    Went to my 2nd ever life drawing class last night.
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    I hate it !
    Ok I hate it because it makes me feel uncomfortable.
    Its more like a portrait class than a life class. It was advertised as life, suitable for beginners but basically its a small class of people who know each other and are all painting in oil.Its the same girl (who moves a lot) for a 2 hour pose. Last time was the same and next week too !
    Quite daunting for the beginner. Every time I ask the tutor something he goes into some long speel and doesnt really explain anything.The only thing I can liken it to is taking someone to a maths class and sitting them down to quadratic equations without any help.
    I may not know a lot about drawing but I sure as hell know a lot about teaching and learning ...and he sucks !
    Anyway, its bought and paid for now so I'd best make the most of it..eh no !
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    dl books from Loomis and do some study and after go to your drawing class and you'll see progress imidiatly... and that alot of "art" teachers just bs all the time is normal ....yesterday i show my hand studies to my teacher life drawing and ask himù what he think of it .... his answer is : you are going to fast .. we will see anatomy only next month ..... that was the smartest thing he could say to me .....
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    just another progress post for my own tracking really

    tracking progress....updated 15th November

    I'll scan and post my sketchbook when I have the energy.
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    Hi! Welcome to the fun world of art addiction, Madoliane!

    Great progress on the painting of the village boy. I see you making good steps in the right direction. I'm pretty new to the whole PS painting thing too, and it's all about experimenting and seeing what tools do what.

    That's terrific you have a chance to take some life drawing classes. You will find you get better and better with each drawing especially if you are drawing from life. And it helps to take a look at a lot of the sketchthreads here to see how other people approach their processes. One that is really good for beginners is MindCandyMan's. You really see his perseverance and process of teaching himself different aspects of painting. It's long, so bring a lunch.

    Anyways, just wanted to say BRAVO for taking the leap into the art world. It's challenging and very rewarding. Just remember to have fun!

    I look forward to watching you grow and learn...

    Cheers!~~~JadeDragon
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    Thank you Jade Dragon for the lovely and encouraging comment. With so much to learn it can all get a bit overwhelming at times but every now and then even I can notice a little progress.
    Anyway thanks for dropping by.

    After getting achey eyes from working on my village boy PS piece I thought it might be an interesting exercise to do a self portrait and compare it with the one I did in August when I first decided I wasnt quite too old to learn how to draw.
    On my first draft, there were so many flaws that I just wanted to bin it, however I decided to correct what I could and what I couldnt I'd chalk up as something to watch out for on the next one. I could have done a lot more but its getting late, its Saturday night and there's a movie to watch !
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    This week past week has been write-off as far as drawing is concerned...work has been a bitch and there just arent enough hours in the day !!...then this weekend went horribly wrong when some asshole went into my new car ! Ok so it was only a 10 inch dent in the passanger side...and its insured but man !!!!! the car's only 2 months old damnit !
    Anyway....no work on the village boy but here's my latest self portrait. Funny how as soon as you scan something all the faults become glaringly obvious. Oh well it's better than last weeks at least !

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    I'm not going to say anything.....ok...I am...I think this is a fantastic leap in the right direction. Considering you've not drawn all week also...I think this is a great piece of work.

    I am so impressed with the improvement!

    Just wow!

    Now...I really should draw something myself...
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    You need to do more anatomy...and check your values....wait...did I just say that?
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