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    Stuff from the weekend.

    Another work in progress...the first step of a castle tower type painting.

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    Im going through guptil's book on rendering with pen and ink and he suggested doing outline practice before you get into shading so here is some outline practice...little experimentation with line weights...obviously I need more practice hehe.


    iwasink - Thanks bro...definitely don't stop, keep going. Jester is the man...he will give you honest advice.

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    stuff





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    The caterpillar crawled along with force and purpose...like a wounded man on the battlefield trying to reach the safety of the other side. (this was for the new themed speed painting thread...metaphor had to be inherent in the pic...mine looks more like a dead soldier hehe)


    There is more than this but I forgot to bring my zip disk with me that had the other stuff on it. I will post that tomorrow...I think the only thing is my self portrait.

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    Great caterpillar!

    Do you know this children's rhyme? :p

    Cecil was a caterpillar
    Cecil was my friend.

    When I first met Cecil he was this big.

    ...


    I forget the rest.



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    Yeah actually I think I have heard that before to be honest! Lemme see if I can find it...

    Cecil is a caterpillar....

    Cecil is a caterpillar,
    Cecil is my friend,
    Last time I saw Cecil, he was *this big*.
    I said Cecil, what have you been doing?
    He said, "I ate a whole cabbage leaf".

    Cecil is a caterpillar,
    Cecil is my friend,
    Last time I saw Cecil, he was *a little bigger*.
    I said Cecil, what have you been doing?
    He said, "I ate a whole cabbage".

    Cecil is a caterpillar,
    Cecil is my friend,
    Last time I saw Cecil, he was *even bigger*.
    I said Cecil, what have you been doing?
    He said, "I ate a whole cabbage row".

    Cecil is a caterpillar,
    Cecil is my friend,
    Last time I saw Cecil, he was *enormous* .
    I said Cecil, what have you been doing?
    He said, "I ate a whole cabbage patch".

    Cecil is a caterpillar,
    Cecil is my friend,
    Last time I saw Cecil, he was *small again*.
    I said Cecil, what have you been doing?
    He said, "I got sick".

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    Oh wow, thanks a lot, I heard this from a friend when I was staying in Aberdeen in 1988 and enjoyed it immensely - now I've got the full text again. Great.

    Gotta run again (no spod ) it's Star Trek film night tonite (first the last two and then Nemesis at midnite). Cross your fingers for me that I don't fall asleep...

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    caterpillars ROCK!!!

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    I sketched from a nude model for the first time last night in my drawing I class...sheesh...talk about difficult...our stuff gets stored at school so I can't post it yet...not sure it is worth posting anyways...it's so difficult when they change position to compensate for that...oh well...I have figure drawing I tonight so I will get double practice this semester. At any rate here is some stuff:

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    you've gotten much better, and i think you are at the point if you want to get stronger with your portraits you should pick up the hogarth head book, It goes into details about over lookd things, that aren't really needed to know but will strengthen you knowning them in the long run.

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    Sweet I will check it out davi...I think my bro may have a copy of that already I could just borrow it from him. Thanks for the encouragement too...I am struggling right now...very frustrating. I will keep pushing though.

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    I don't have access to a scanner till next tuesday but here is a digital piece I did this morning...I am going to be working in grayscale now because honestly...if I can't even render something well in greyscale than how can I possibly do that in color. I will conquer greyscale/pencil/charcoal...etc doing life studies and then will move to color. Peace,

    Fractured:

    I looked in the mirror and painted everything I saw there.

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    I am going to be working in grayscale now because honestly...if I can't even render something well in greyscale than how can I possibly do that in color. I will conquer greyscale/pencil/charcoal...etc doing life studies and then will move to color.

    That is the way I had to learn in High School!!!!!!!

    Plus you will have some excellent underpaintings when you get ready to use color,,,, and get a "COLOR WHEEL"

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    Thanks Odin...yeah I have a color wheel...I don't know color theory though...but the color wheel helps with that...peace

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    I did this just now...I am at work...don't tell my boss...no painter...no photoshop...they can't stop me!!!! I have windows paint! hahahahah Did this one for the bug speed painting thread.



    The factory workers never thought their experiments would turn ugly. When the mutated bug escaped it tore through the workers like a rotary ground tiller.
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    - here is a picture of a ground tiller if you've never seen one-
    http://www.easternfarmmachinery.com/...41711130916144

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    I was in a figure drawing class for three hours last night but I have no way of documenting what I do in there...so you will just have to trust me hehe

    I'm kickin around some ideas for a more involved drawing.

    I've been sick lately

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    Did 3 hours of life drawing in my drawing I class last night...the model skipped out on us so we did each other's portraits. That was a good exercise...especially since the other person was moving a lot.

    Here are some things from yesterday as well...I am so tired and feeling sick lately...not sure what it is...I was falling asleep while doing this portrait...craziness

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    hey mindy. good stuff. I see the improvement you've achieved. I really like the still life, with the avocado in it i think, and those hand studies are looking sweeeet!

    keep on posting!:thumbsup:

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    had 3 hours of figure drawing again last night...rough rough...I stink I stink


    I am working on this monster sketch on the train to and from work for the past day...the anatomy is awful among other things.


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    The discussion in foster's "earthbound" thread got me thinking about velasquez and how much he could imply without actually painting it. So I took that into account in this self portrait.

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    Hey thanks iwasink...I'm glad you come back to check out my thread here and there. I appreciate the encouragement. Maybe you can recognize where these are coming from. I am going through "Anatomy for the artist" by Jeno Barcsay...I think I saw in your thread that you mentioned it as well. I am going through and drawing each page to learn anatomy. I am trying to do a page every day...it's hard but I am trying.

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    Hi MindCandyMan - I got that book from Barcsay, too and I do recognize this page with hands. I even considered doing this copy-one-page-a-day-thing, too (but decided against it because I know I will loose interest and find better things to practise half way through ). If possible, try to get a look at Gottfried Bammes' books, an academic art teacher from the GDR (his most famous book Die Gestalt des Menschen, no idea what the English title is, is from the 1960s and looks a bit dated but has very valuable info I didn't find in any other book on anatomy!).

    I like the monster! Why not try and paint it instead of drawing?

    Keep practising!

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    Stuff from the weekend...I thought I was finally getting over being sick but now I am wondering:

    self portrait:

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    Doing a master's copy of Sargent's streets of venice. I am having a blast doing this and learning a lot.

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    i'm looking forward to see your finished copy.

    oh, and nice avatar

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    Thanks cucaracha I really appreciate it.



    I was mad when I did this sketch

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    hand studies

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    Still working on that sargent piece...doesn't look like I did much but I did work on it some more...just hard to get the results I want...I'm learning a lot through this

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    good start you got goin there on the sargeant piece mindy! I want to take a stab at it! Can you find a pic for me? not to hard but yet challenging and give me the link in my sketchbook page!

    If i choose the picture, then I'll for something easier, but if you or anyone else were to give me one then I treat it as homework and know that I have to do it.

    One little tip i can give you on your pencil drawings is to try and not go over the same line twice. Because instead of having nice smooth transisting lines, you kinda have "hairy" lines. Where a lot of little guys make a big line, instead of one solid longer line. just a tip.

    P.S i like the motion in the fighting one! keep on posting friend!:thumbsup:

    BTW: great job on that sp. it looks a lot more human, and more like what you do!:p Although your pic that you posted of yourself is warped and dan(smeagol) still hasn't posted his!:mad:

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    Still workin on it





    I'm having a lot of trouble obtaining the textures on this one...if anyone could give some advice it would be appreciated thanks.

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    sketched my hand real quick on the train.

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    Last night was AWESOME at figure drawing class...I am starting to get things a lot more...I am starting to become more comfortable. I think I will be taking life drawing every semester...it's so important.

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    This is hard



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    Thumbs up WOW!

    Man oh man, I'm impressed bro. Good job so far, this is coming along nicely. If it's not hard and the journey isn't a challenging one than a lot of times it's not worth doing, eh? You're really making some good progress on this piece though and it's looking good.

    Don't be afraid to add your own influence and mark on the piece even though you're copying something else. It can be a learning experience by straight emulation and discovery.

    Great job bro, I'll have to sit down and talk with you about this sometime soon, this is great stuff! :fruit:

    "I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
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    Thanks bro. I have a ways to go before I catch up with you...especially since you won't stand still...you keep getting better

    Yeah maybe I will add some blood on the walls or something hehe. Kind of put my mark on there hehe (just kidding hehe). I am going to shoot to try to have it finished by the end of tonight so we will see. It's been very interesting studying the textures that sargent created. I have absolutely no idea how he did this while he was there...just straight up...set the canvas down and start painting (if that's what he did). My respect for him is growing immensely. I like doing these master copies I am going to do a lot more. I am learning a ton by doing them too. Who better to copy right? hehe.

    My next one is gonna be this one:

    http://www.artrenewal.org/images/art..._Genevieve.jpg

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    Hey MCM i want to see your pics but many of the new links end up taking me to a page with an error message saying no direct linking to images allowed... am i doing something wrong? or can i access the images from you website somewheres?:confused:
    thanks

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    I'm sorry ummo...I am having trouble with netfirms (my host)...all the sudden they spring on me that I can't have remote links or whatever...I am going to upgrade and bite the bullet and pay 5 bucks a month and hopefully that will appease them...sorry bro...check back soon

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