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    What are "falloff" and "focused light"?
    How are you getting the more delicate half tones? Smudging perhaps? I tend to use hatching, and for life drawing it's just too damn slow, I make a mess when I try to smudge. The way you've seperated the ribcage, lower back, and glutes here are masterful http://www.conceptart.org/forums/att...1&d=1188628538, also digging the subtle rendering throughout the back, and the way none of the tones are flat but are subtly shifting in value like on the arm and leg.

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    wow. I just spent a few hours in your thread attempting to soak up some of your talent your life drawings are genius. If you can, please stop by my sketchbook and critique me thanks for sharing your work. subscribed.

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    wonderful studies

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    Wow, man, your life drawings and longer charcoal poses are really ...can i say 'swell' here? Is that okay? Are you actively studying at the LAAFA?

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    Woah your SB is so amazing it hurts! Eheh...

    Beautiful figure studies...rendering and all...It makes me wanna....wanna...

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    amazing as usual!

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    Hey'all,

    Will reply to all and post pics in the next few days.

    bhanu Thanks. Just see the light dark patterns and not the figure. It's a kinda fun exercise. I recommend it.
    Brendan You are SOOoo kind. I hope to keep the improvement consistent. I've mangaed to reach just.....beyond the level of my previous experience, so I'm stoked.
    I am just barely getting the fluidity in pencil manipulation to begin playing with the pressure and nuances of line and render.
    Grandmassa Mr. Spect Thank you!
    csears Thank you. It's a very heavy and difficult task I've been given. My dad is a fighter and my role is to honor his desire to live with dignity and show him the paths that can help him do so. Thanks for your support, it is appreciated.

    I am on a quest to understand & exploit light and dark as a tool for mood and atmosphere. You learn so much by doing lotsa little thumbnails.
    Bard The workshop didn't fly. It was advertised but no takers. Oh well, at it's right time, I suppose. Am still learning much. I have alot of respect for the knowledge of those that do teach the classes I've taken. don't feel on their level, as yet.
    Yes. It's inevitable as our folks age. One can only do their best with the circumstances they are in.
    maxetormer Thank you max. I pray only for the best direction for my pop.

    YES! That;s what i'm after. I'm glad some of the drawings reveal that sense. Al contrario! Tu fuerte progreso en tu libro me motiva, increiblemente.
    Razorb The study of values is just a particular part of the whole course. I often just look at light and dark patterns and not so much the body parts. See flat patterns. There are many approaches, but edges are one way to describe the hard and soft forms that can give you the sense of depth.

    Here's a few recent quick sketches. Getting the right mind set to do 2 and 3 minutes. I still break out in a sweat, but, overall a fun challenge.

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    To hell with critique. Ready your ass for pattage.
    Your figure drawings are beautiful, dammit. The more I learn about the figure and the challenges involved with depicting it, the better your figure drawings become in my eyes. Your compositions, your use of light and shadow, the way you block in the shadow shapes, and the way you construct the figure, it's all just thoroughly inspiring.
    I'm taking a figure class right now (and I'll be posting some of my work this week, hint hint ), and I see all these things that the teacher has been telling us illustrated quite clearly in your work. We also need to do a dozen or so figure artist write-ups for the class. If my teacher okays it, I might just do one on your work.
    So, is your ass numb yet? Post some critters or something, so I can actually critique you.

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    Lion Heart

    This day, October 16th, my pop passed away.

    Knew it was coming, but didn't expect it. He was swept into eternal sleep as peacefully as possible.

    I'll miss you, pop.

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    This is happens, we haven't control about this, we just need is remember our parents an try to live with the good feelings who they leave to us.

    take care and be cool for this times.

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    I'm sorry to hear this...

    Take care
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    I'm so sorry to hear that, Aztec. I am beaming sympathetic and comforting thoughts in your direction.

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    I'm sorry to hear about your biggest loss and I hope you will be able to get through your heavy state and live and feel your father protecting you still. Hope you will be able to think about him without pain someday but with good memories.
    Take a good care of yourself.

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    Aztec, haven't seen your posts for a while so gald to see your marvelous drawings again.
    I'm so sorry to hear about your dad, it's a bitter cup we all have to drink sooner or later and you have my sincerest sympathies.

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    For once I have no words that can express my feelings.

    I am deeply sorry for your loss and will be praying for you and your family.

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    Sending good thoughts your way girl, it's not something you can really plan for, sorry for your loss.

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    I'm truly sorry to hear about your loss. When we lose a parent, we lose an unwavering pillar of love, strength and support. I'm sure those traits have been passed on to you from your father, and will continue to echo through your art and your life.

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    Hey Aztc,
    I'm new to your wonderful sketchbook,some really beautiful life drawings in here! I'm so sorry for your loss, I went through something similar when I lost my mother just over a year ago at the age of 54, I hope you and your family are managing as well as possible.

    Art is a wonderful emotional release and I hope that it helps you through this tough time like it did for me.

    Keep up the lovely work,
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    I'm sad to hear of your father passing away. I'm sure the emotions are overwhelming. I wish you and your family the best during this time.

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    wowm, nice stuff since my last visit here.

    need save the other stuff in your folder.

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    I'm sorry to hear about your dad, Aztec. I hope all is well.

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    I´m sorry about your dad,Aztec.He is in a best place,I´m sure.Down here you have to go on!

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    Thank you.
    And to everyone who wrote with your kind and sympathetic thoughts. I am heartbroken. My life has a totally different perspective. But, I have to stay on track and keep going, it;'s true - art IS a wonderful release and therapy. I know that some day I will think of my father's love with only warmth and no pain. It's harder at night, so I find myself in the wee hours posting things on this thread to relieve some of the emptiness.

    Well, here are a few more quicks done some time back. Will post current ones once my hand regains its confidence.

    I had intended to answer folks many weeks back and had these lines pending.......
    So to catch up on older responces:

    grinn Hey Watts is a pretty cool school.
    Learned alot frm Mr. Gist. Hope to make it back for another round in the near future.
    silvestri99 Thank you. Love the quick sketch routine. I plan on using my last few weeks of work leave to get in some major improvements in my skills.
    DanielC Hi! Thanks! Always glad to see you stop by.
    Howie Thank you!
    Windmaker Thank you for your kind thoughts. My dad is now at peace. And I will try to create the life that will lead to satisfying some worthwhile goals.
    The drawings are about 5 inches or less in size. Most of my drawing life, I only used the pencil side and point. The last few months I began to understand how to smudge jusiciously. I always think values before technique and use technique to help achieve cohesiveness. Same to you! Keep drawing!
    Coleb Thank you, I have a bunch of stuff that will be steadily appearing.
    Cloister Thank you. I love drama in a piece. To be able to state a mood with a simple value design is a major goal for me. Thanks for checking in.
    Charles Carvalho Thank you!
    Fishspawn Hey, glad to have you visit! Thanks for your support and thoughts. Appreciate your comments alot. Please keep coming back.
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    armando Hey. Falloff refers to the light that gradually disapates from the area strongest hit, from, for example a spotlight.
    Focused Light is how you manipulate your values to direct the eye.
    Smudging, I find requires a light, light hand (finger).
    I've used a type of hatching from the sharpened charcoal pencil point, using only the weight of the pencil to make the mark. Smudging can be used to quickly lay in a tone, but I like to go over it with refined point to complete.
    Gee, Thank you. I didn't know you could see all that. :] I guess, I am always thinking of the egg effect of light on form, overall.
    Newbs Hi. Thank you for perusing these pages. :]
    Will b checking out your SB, soon.
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    House Hatke Thank you. ATM, am only taking workshops a LAAFA. Goal is to do my studies at home, where I expect to help make progress in the workshops.
    Blaz Hey, come back!.......... All ya gotta do is keep at it. You never stop improving.
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    These are 5 minute sketches. Trying to go for more fluidity, rythyms that flow.....and setting aside construction for the moment. Looking for the most simple explanation of the form. Often because of time,I focus on a body part usually the torso.

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    Here are some 5 minute sketches with emphasis on values.

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    Here are some 5 minute sketches with emphasis on values.
    you sure? I think these are 5 min sketches with emphasis on awesome!

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    hmmm, i love ur work, it has STYLE!

    what materials did u use on especially those last ones?

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    Hello, Sorry to hear about your father...
    I hope you and your father made good memories before he moved on.

    I don't know words of comfort...but I hope you well.

    *sending you hugs*

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    Mr. Mu You are too kind.......
    ajvenema I use charcoal pencils on smooth newsprint.
    Thank you Bard, it's tough. I know one day I'll remember my pop without pain, but right now the wound is so fresh.

    Here are a few more value sketches. Am really trying to use value for depth, as I practice and understand more about edges -soft and hard.

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    Aztec, I'm so sorry to hear about your pop (yes, here I am half a month late ), Hope all is getting better, my thoughts are with you. Feel like such a **** right now for not coming here often enough.

    But your art has not been suffering! Some beautiful updates since I last took a lookpeek.

    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/att...1&d=1194204430
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    Love these two the most out of your latest batch, and what I love most about them is the way you've handled the light and shade - the planes in light that you isolate almost become separate elements in the drawing. In fact, if it weren't for closure I think these would be even more interesting. This is something I would love to see you take further. I'm a big proponent of creating visual interest, and I think you have a lot to gain by exploring this avenue.

    Your values, edges, rhythm and line are taking impressive leaps forward with pretty much each post I think.

    Keep well, friend, *hugs*
    My thoughts are with you!

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    My condolences on the death of your father, Aztec.

    My own grandfather died this past March and I know it was hard to express in words the way it felt ... heartbreaking, surreal, ... even though his health had been fragile for years and he was in his late eighties it was sudden shock. I can be thankful though that he remained more lucid than most people my own age, and was a terrific source for advice, encouragement, inspiration.

    I've been incredibly lucky that Poppy was the first person in my life to whom I was really close that has died. One thing I can heartily agree with is that it does create a sudden and dramatic shift in perspective. In my own case, the only way that I can make sense of things is to redouble my resolve to, as you say, "stay on track and keep going".

    Since then improving my art has become a consuming compulsion and I won't let any self-doubt or difficulty tangle me up, neither should you.

    PS I've been off the forum for a couple months now but I'll be posting regularly again in preparation for the Seattle workshop (*eyes gleam*) hope to see more of your stuff! ...Peace

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