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Title: More Scribbles By Val
Post by: Val on May 20, 2017, 12:49:18 PM
Having some issues uploading but managed to get these two so far.

The first sketch I spent about an hour with this delightful Blue Macaw in Antigua (Guatemala). He seemed quite happy to have my attention.

I am quite happy with how his beak turned out, the eye was better before the "if I just refine this a little...." One day I will learn...  ::)

Title: Re: More Scribbles By Val
Post by: Val on May 20, 2017, 12:55:17 PM
This second 'sketch'  :2funny:   I barely had 5 minutes before I got pulled away to go in search of a restaurant. I'll take another crack at this one from one of the many photos I took of the arch. I doubt it would have come out well anyway, very poor angle for sketching. None the less, one of my many warts for your pleasure!  ;)    ;D

Title: Re: More Scribbles By Val
Post by: Kathysutterlin on May 20, 2017, 02:17:50 PM
I love your Macaw, Val. I also like the beak. Well done.  :smitten:
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Post by: mea hamo pena on May 20, 2017, 02:21:07 PM
Wow, Val, a bite from that beak would be quite painful.  Don't get too close.

aloha

nea
Title: Re: More Scribbles By Val
Post by: Win on May 20, 2017, 04:20:46 PM
Your warts are great Val  ;)
Title: Re: More Scribbles By Val
Post by: Val on May 20, 2017, 04:25:09 PM
Ta much Kathy and Mea. The upcoming sketches as well as these two were drawn with only a 2B pencil. My bag with all my sketch gear got left behind.  :doh: After searching through the town of Antigua I managed to find the equivalent of a small office depot. The best I could get was a box of 2B pencils, a cheap notebook, and a small eraser and sharpener.
Surprising how many values you can get out of a single pencil when you have to.
Title: Re: More Scribbles By Val
Post by: Val on May 20, 2017, 04:25:44 PM
Thanks Win.... lots more to come!
Title: Re: More Scribbles By Val
Post by: Kathysutterlin on May 21, 2017, 03:44:40 AM
 :heeha: You did that Macaw with a basic #2? I'm really impressed, Val. You got a lot of value out of one pencil.
Title: Re: More Scribbles By Val
Post by: Val on May 21, 2017, 08:39:09 AM
I never fail to be surprised at the possibilities. Nothing more than layering and paying careful attention to pressure.

I was surprised to find anything there (expecting the usual HB), just had a look and they are made by Faber Castell! They look just like your old HB yellow school pencil with rubber top and all! They really hold a point which also surprised me. I really lucked out with these.

Will see if i can upload a couple more sketches today. My modem stick ran out so using the free wifi here. Not very strong and highly unreliable as usual.  ;)    ;D

 :thankyou:
Title: Re: More Scribbles By Val
Post by: Happychappy on May 21, 2017, 09:57:22 AM
Val, I am also so impressed with your Macaw's beak for it has a 3D look to it.  Fantastic job.


Patricia 
Title: Re: More Scribbles By Val
Post by: Val on May 21, 2017, 05:41:05 PM
Ta ever so Patricia. Now if only I could get the rest of the bird as well done as the beak! Then I'd be getting somewhere!  :heeha:     :2funny:

The wifi here is running too slow to upload the next pair, so off to town tomorrow to get some time on the modem.  :run:
Title: Re: More Scribbles By Val
Post by: lynn p. on May 28, 2017, 06:18:53 PM
Val, don't know how I missed these.  So happy to see you drawing from life and agree with the others that the Macaw is awesome--actually looks like charcoal. 
Title: Re: More Scribbles By Val
Post by: Val on May 28, 2017, 08:03:51 PM
Thanks much Lynn, now if only my people turned out looking as good!   ;D   I'll keep trying...   :painting:
Title: Re: More Scribbles By Val
Post by: Abbietaya on May 29, 2017, 04:38:02 AM
Love the parrot, especially the beak.. i doodle eagles i just love them. Big majestic birds!
 :painting:  :clap:
Title: Re: More Scribbles By Val
Post by: Val on May 29, 2017, 05:49:16 AM
I am working on trying to sketch quicker, I always find myself getting caught up on some part and finishing it off.  :crazy2:   Just have to loosen up!  ;D

Before I started the drawing lessons, I was a bit before them, I had started doing portraits on my own. I loved the way they developed. As my sight has deteriorated somewhat I found I couldn't see the tones and values well enough, plus it would take me months/years sometimes to get close to finishing one. So, we move on.

I feel the pastel sticks may be giving me a new lease of sorts with their intensity and vibrancy. Will just have to see where they lead...
Title: Re: More Scribbles By Val
Post by: Val on June 05, 2017, 06:36:36 AM
As my sight has deteriorated somewhat I found I couldn't see the tones and values well enough, plus it would take me months/years sometimes to get close to finishing one. So, we move on.

 :heeha: Fast forward! I have been looking at Lynn's life drawings and pastel..... Lynn, you are just too good and I just feel I have to give it another go.  :doh:    :faint:   I made a horrid quick sketch of a little girl while up in Antigua, and am having another go starting at more basic life drawings. Here we go.....


This little girl was with her mum selling weavings from their village. Never sat still more than 10 seconds!  :D


Crikey Lynn... this was supposed to be a timed 1 min. warm up... I took three and needed 30 more!  :2funny:   Kudos to you for your accomplishments.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: mea hamo pena on June 05, 2017, 07:28:22 AM
Val,

Those are not bad.  If the girl had her eye's finished, then you would have been happier with the drawing.

I admire you for trying.  I went to one life drawing class and haven't been back.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: More Scribbles By Val
Post by: Val on June 05, 2017, 12:03:55 PM
I do better with charcoal Mea, much quicker and easier to adjust for tone. But, you play with the cards you're dealt!  ;) Not totally disgusted with it since I only had the one pencil (2B) to try and do this with. Yikes was that little fireball hyper!  :D   I hadn't seen a child like that since my son was a toddler!  :2funny:

The gentleman I'm actually reasonably pleased with. Sadly his right arm seems to have stretched a bit, when I drew the lines afterward his wrist was definitely below where it should have been. I'm just going to say that I think he must lift weights more with his left arm...hence the larger muscle mass...  :whistle:   The rest I think is not too bad.  :sweat:
Title: Re: More Scribbles By Val
Post by: Win on June 05, 2017, 02:58:03 PM
I admire you for doing a life drawing Val, I am not sure I ever will be able to do that. and your mans body form is pretty good but he sure has overworked those muscles in the one arm  :2funny:
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Post by: Kathysutterlin on June 05, 2017, 04:07:56 PM
 :clap: I agree with Win, Val. I, too, admire your desire to do life drawings. That little girl looks really good. I would like to try life drawing at some point too.  :D
Title: Re: More Scribbles By Val
Post by: Happychappy on June 05, 2017, 04:10:09 PM
Gosh! Val, I don't think I would be able to do half as good as you have with drawing life drawings and I too, admire you for taking on the challenge.  Great to see.


Patricia
Title: Re: More Scribbles By Val
Post by: Val on June 05, 2017, 04:46:13 PM
Sad as it is Win.... that's the best excuse i could come up with! The more I look at this.... I think his upper back and upwards looks like the hulk!   ;D
Title: Re: More Scribbles By Val
Post by: Val on June 05, 2017, 04:50:04 PM
 :thankyou:   Kathy. It might sound strange, but I always seem to feel more excited about my drawing when I'm "on the scene" as it were. That said, photos do make it easier....people can't walk away half way through!  :D
Title: Re: More Scribbles By Val
Post by: Val on June 05, 2017, 04:51:12 PM
Thanks so much Patricia, but I think you would do magnificently at anything artistic you put your mind to.  O0
Title: Re: More Scribbles By Val
Post by: Happychappy on June 09, 2017, 01:37:59 PM
 :thankyou:  Val, you are so kind.   Patricia
Title: Re: More Scribbles By Val
Post by: Win on June 09, 2017, 04:16:37 PM
 
I think his upper back and upwards looks like the hulk!   ;D


Maybe hes metamorphosing into the hulk Val  :2funny:   Still I think its a pretty good scribble  O0
Title: Re: More Scribbles By Val
Post by: Cath on June 09, 2017, 04:30:26 PM
Talking of challenges, Val, - live, moving people, a bird, and 2 minutes to sketch a building - you are a winner!  :clap:
Title: Re: More Scribbles By Val
Post by: linley.plester on June 13, 2017, 04:18:01 AM
Val.... :whistle:A wheel potter I know has an arm like that. He always wins arm wrestling contests in the pub. Strangers are fooled because he's quite a small weedy looking man with his clothes on. (Not that I've actually seen him shirtless...)