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Title: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on May 27, 2017, 11:57:11 AM
Drawn from a pmp.com royalty free photo over 3 days, migraine permitting  :painting:

Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Val on May 27, 2017, 06:35:51 PM
 :heeha: Very nicely done Abbie. Each one shows nice refinement and improvement.  O0   Great piece.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on May 27, 2017, 07:35:00 PM
Hi Val, thank you, practice, practice practice thsts me! I'm getting there  :clap:
 :thankyou: :painting:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: mea hamo pena on May 27, 2017, 09:12:04 PM
Liz,

She looks like a delightful lady.  I love the character that your portraits are able to capture.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on May 28, 2017, 04:46:22 AM
Hi Mea,
Thankyou, i was asked the other day why i drawn portraits?
Its quite simple really, i want to draw realitically but not necessarily photorealistic ! There are some many variations in faces, each one reflects the life story of the person so each has its challenges! Also, unlike alot of artists i draw the eyes last, i prefer to have the subject staring blank at me until the very end and then hopefully - magic!
I am also a believer in practice, practice , practice.. to me flitting from one medium to another means 'jack of all trades ',  master of none' i have so much more to learn with the magic of graphite.
The other day i was sat for over 2 hours in the doctors waiting for a blood test, i got bored and thumb through their dogeared magazines, there was a small gallery of royalty free photos advertising one of the websites. I had an 'h' 'hb'. Pencil in my bag so i begged some printer paper and sat and drew this craggy old man in a hat. Its okay given i only had those 2 pencils ... but what other medium could i have done that with?- i never added it here because it is what it is not good but not bad either , maybe redo with full range of pencils sometime.

Take care and thank you for your encouragement :thankyou: :painting:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Val on May 28, 2017, 09:02:44 AM
Liz.... please post your drawing, it doesn't matter whether you think it's good or bad. As we like to refer to them...warts and all!  ;)    You would be surprised how much you and ('me')  :whistle: we can learn from them. I have posted many a wart in my day I can tell you!  :eyesclosed:    :2funny:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on May 28, 2017, 09:29:30 AM
Hi Val,
Okay, will post later today, its on 75gsm (at a guess) inkjet paper, using an'H' and 'HB' pencil. I really would have liked to have my '2B' , '4B' and '6B' . Still i managed to get some dark tones by adding layers of 'H' and 'HB' but it lacks tone...  :painting: :thankyou:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Val on May 28, 2017, 11:48:58 AM
Can't wait!  :heeha:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on May 28, 2017, 04:10:53 PM
Hi Val,
As promised,here 's the pic.     :o Take care

Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Val on May 28, 2017, 04:43:20 PM
LIZ!  :faint: Are you kidding me?! I see a beautifully detailed weathered face, great old straw hat (not unlike my newer one), and a very nice rendering of a soft comfy shirt. There are some serious stories in that face, and you've captured them all.  O0

This is great and I love it. I'm so glad you posted it.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on May 28, 2017, 05:25:34 PM
Hi Val,
Thankyou, i filled what tooth the paper had quite quickly , though having said that it took quite a number of light layers allowing me to get the darks. Just shows how valuable it is to have someone elses eyes. Thank you again.

I have done another portrait of a hard working  mum who has had a busy day feedng the  kids and the 'old man' getting ready to go to sleep.
 Hope you lie it :smitten: :thankyou: :painting:

Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Val on May 28, 2017, 07:55:57 PM
 :heeha: This is brilliant Liz. Can feel the tiredness in her face, beautifully drawn.  O0    :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: mea hamo pena on May 28, 2017, 09:20:33 PM
This is fantastic, Liz.  The lion looks like he's wondering why you are drawing his picture.

The old man drawing is good too.  Even the shirt is so well done.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on May 29, 2017, 03:29:15 AM
Thank you Val, Mea

Take care
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on May 29, 2017, 02:30:54 PM

I Wanted to try drawing an unruly beard, a work in progress i think! Perhaps i should find a guy who values personal hygiene ! Lol

This guy certainly  doesn't believe in personsl hygiene that much!

Not happy with the beard.



Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: mea hamo pena on May 29, 2017, 03:20:25 PM
Liz,

You have lots of good features in this.

His left eye looks great, but the right eye looks unfinished. 

Teeth are well drawn but maybe some dark spots between upper and lower teeth, especially in the middle as it looks like his tongue might be resting in that space. 

Good overall shape for the ears.

Beautiful detailing on the print of the shirt.

Beard  might look better on the outside of the shirt color because at first glance, it looks like the beard ends with the line that is actually the collar.

Nose looks good, but is the shadow under his left nostril shaped correctly?

I really like this - you are really good at drawing old people. (I feel okay saying that as I really am an old person.)

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on May 29, 2017, 04:46:27 PM
Hi mea,
Thank you, i have check photo and he has some strange shading under his nose and  i have it as in photo also his beard looks appears to be inside his shirts so the line of the shirt does look abit strange. To be honest he looks like he needs a good bath! I think some dark areas are really dirt! His teeth are dirty. I take your point about tbe left eye but again that is how it looks in photo may be i shouldn't be quite so literal when drawing from a photo. Also i wonder  if he is one of the unfortunates who are not  symmetrical in their features. Certainly his left eye is total different from his right!

I think i should look for a photo of a gentleman who takes pride in his self  with a long white beard to practice on.
Project in progress  :thankyou: :painting:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: mea hamo pena on May 29, 2017, 06:21:08 PM
Liz,

I love your sense of humor about this piece!!!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Val on May 29, 2017, 06:42:11 PM
Interesting piece this Liz. I think the only thing really off with the beard is that the hairs are too thick. If you can thin the lines I think you will see quite a difference.  O0
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on May 30, 2017, 01:01:28 AM
Hi val, yes its the very first attempt at an unruly beard or should i say a knotting beard.. i think that it was the wrong photo to pick to attempt this will look for a better subject. But worth doing again in the future..

Take care  :thankyou: :painting:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Win on May 30, 2017, 03:09:43 AM
All your "Practice Pieces" are fabulous, so much character in their faces  :clap:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on June 02, 2017, 12:49:05 PM
 :thankyou: :smiley6600:  :painting:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on June 17, 2017, 08:35:59 AM
Drawn from a royalty free photo.
Using dry tinted charcoal

Its my birthday soon so i treated myself to a tin of 24 derwent tinted charcoal, it was in the sale!

So thought i would draw with them for a change.

Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Val on June 17, 2017, 11:02:56 AM
Have never seen tinted charcoal. Looks like it would be fun.  :heeha:

Nicely done.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: mea hamo pena on June 17, 2017, 11:14:02 AM
Nice work, Liz.

I'll be on th lookout for tinted charcoal.  You know how I love to try new things.

Thanks for sharing something new.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on June 17, 2017, 11:26:29 AM
Hi,

They've been out for a while now derwent do  tinted graphite too, they are both  watersoluble , i think both these are sold in 6, 12 and 24 sets. Only problem , they are thick pencils 4mm core , so don't fit into a standard pencil sharpeners.
Take care :smitten:  :painting:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: mea hamo pena on June 17, 2017, 12:44:16 PM
Liz, thanks for the info.  I have several types of pencils that do not fit in my electric pencil sharpener.  Bummers.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on June 17, 2017, 02:43:05 PM
Your welcome.
I haven't tried them with water yet, they say the colours are more intense. I think certainly with tinted charcoal  and probably the graphitint you really need to make a swatch chart as the names and colours on the pencil are nothing like the actual colour.

I agree about the 'bummers' i don't know about you but i am absolutely useless at sharpening with a knife !  :-\

Take care  :smitten: :painting:

Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Win on June 22, 2017, 01:34:43 PM
Thanks for the info about the tinted charcoal,..... your dog is great  :clap:
 There are so many different mediums out there now days.  I guess one could get caught up in trying them all and never quite mastering one.
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on June 23, 2017, 11:56:08 AM
Thank you win.
 

Yes i agree there is far too much out there with quite alot of overlap. I like my pencil so charcoal fits  there . I have just started soft pastel and i would like to do wc but although last Christmas i was given an art chest which has oils in it  i don't think i will ever use them, i might dabble with the arcylic though.

I think if you had everything out there you'd probably need a multi storey home especially to stire thrm.
 :D

Take care  :thankyou: :painting:

Title: The one anove sees all
Post by: Abbietaya on June 28, 2017, 04:35:03 AM

Stuck at doctors again! Sick of waiting been here and hour and counting! Short staffed , appointment means be here not when  you 'll be seen!<br />So decided to scribble

(Not sure why picture has turned sideways during upload as its the right way up in my photo library)



All fixed!   ;)
Cheers, Val
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Val on June 29, 2017, 11:15:53 AM
This is really good for a scribble! Great job.  O0    :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Win on June 29, 2017, 02:33:09 PM
Good practice piece  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on June 30, 2017, 01:43:43 AM
 :thankyou: :painting:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on July 21, 2017, 06:31:32 AM
First attempt at drawing glass.

Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Kathysutterlin on July 21, 2017, 07:11:57 AM
You have a lot of fine detail, Abbietaya.  :clap: The floorboards look great. Your glass and reflection is nice and transparent above the water line and at the base of the glass. I'm not able to follow the reflections at the bottom of the glass that holds the water. Did you do this from a reference photo? Would love to see it to compare if you did .   ;)
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Gita on July 21, 2017, 07:49:57 AM
This has come out very well! The wood and its grain is very realistic!
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: mea hamo pena on July 21, 2017, 08:19:30 AM
Liz,
Excellent work on the wine glasses and wood. 

Also, noticed that I never got a chance to comment on your scribbles in the doctors office.  Good work.  You made great use of your time.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on July 21, 2017, 10:51:57 AM
Hi, thankyou all for your comments.
I can now see i completely lost my way with the reflection on the floorboards, i sort of have one glass refkection but completely lost it on the other.. another attempt is looming!
Taje care  :smitten: :painting:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Val on July 21, 2017, 11:46:04 AM
This is more complex than it looks.... great job!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Happychappy on July 21, 2017, 12:41:53 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  With a few tweaks on the reflections, you will have a super first try at glasses which are not the easiest to draw. You are doing so well, carry on the good work.


Patricia
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on July 21, 2017, 01:12:21 PM
Thank you all for your encouragement

 :smitten: :painting:
Title: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on August 16, 2017, 11:57:52 AM
Drawn from a royalty free photo

The gentleman reminds me of my uncle sam, the way he is holding his head, the smile. Unfortunately, uncle sam died @ 62 so never reach this gents age. He looks well , obviously looks after himself.
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: mea hamo pena on August 16, 2017, 01:41:28 PM
This is well done, Liz.  Looks like such a friendly gent.  Great eyes. Shirt collar (including the button) and the neckline of the sweater are so well drawn.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on August 16, 2017, 03:01:41 PM
 :thankyou: :smitten: :painting:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Val on August 19, 2017, 02:31:57 AM
Liz, could you possibly post the ref. photo? I have a couple of queries but would like to see the ref. first if possible.
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Win on August 19, 2017, 02:48:40 PM
Great portrait  :clap:, he has a happy twinkle in his eyes
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on August 23, 2017, 11:07:51 AM
Thsnk you   :thankyou: :painting:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on August 23, 2017, 11:08:35 AM
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on August 25, 2017, 02:16:04 AM
Val, i posted the ref and left it for 2 days but its against  terms and condition to repost the ref picture so i have deleted it because i don't want to get into trouble. Please what is the problem?
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: mea hamo pena on August 25, 2017, 08:36:31 AM
Liz,

Your old guys look so happy.  You make wrinkles look fashionable!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on August 25, 2017, 01:34:33 PM
Hi mea, thank you
 :smitten: :painting:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: TeresaM on August 25, 2017, 05:31:26 PM
Wow these drawings are great :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on August 26, 2017, 02:59:36 AM
 :thankyou:  :smitten: :painting:
Title: Re: Practice piece - 'i have my eye on you!'
Post by: Abbietaya on August 28, 2017, 03:51:30 AM
I  :smitten: these birds and enjoy the challenge of drawing them, so every now and then i have a go! I hope i 'm right in thinking i am gradually get better at portraying their majesty maybe soon be able to produce a good colour image ! Who knows!   :smitten:

 
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Val on August 29, 2017, 01:41:04 AM
Looking forward to seeing the birds once the gallery is up and running again.
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on August 29, 2017, 01:51:32 AM
Hi val,
 I have been having problems since the change to web site, this is only the 3 or 4 th time i have successfully logged in and i even had error page several times before getting here.. i emailed nolan out of frustration asking why he made the changes given the old adage 'if it isn't broke why fix it'. Can't even see my classes...

 :smitten: :painting:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Val on August 29, 2017, 08:17:27 AM
Trust me in saying that Nolan only makes changes in order to provide a better platform for our use. As with all changes, especially in programming, there is always a glitch or three to sort out.  ;)   Once it is up and running it will be brilliant.  ;) Just be patient and I promise it will be worth the wait.  :promise:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on September 02, 2017, 03:26:11 PM
I see trees of green , red roses too,
I watch them bloom for me and for you
And i say to myself
What a wonderful world
Ohhh yaaah!

Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on September 02, 2017, 03:30:34 PM
How do you like your eggs in the morning?

Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Val on September 03, 2017, 12:49:51 AM
Louis Armstrong, and the eyes and hair say.... a young Dean Martin. Good go.  :clap: :clap: :clap:

Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on September 03, 2017, 01:44:59 AM
 :clap: :thankyou: :smitten: :painting:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on September 03, 2017, 01:56:55 AM
Sadly missed .

Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Val on September 03, 2017, 04:57:28 AM
Well done, good likeness! Robin will always be a favourite.
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Kathysutterlin on September 03, 2017, 08:09:45 AM
❤️❤️❤️ Beautifully done, Abbietaya. Doubtfire was one of my all time favorites of his roles. It breaks my heart that he was so unhappy.
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: mea hamo pena on September 03, 2017, 08:39:55 AM
Liz

Wow, you do have a way with portraits. 

Louie Armstrong, Dean Martin, and Mrs. Doubtfire.  All three instantly recognizable.

Great work.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on September 03, 2017, 01:13:25 PM
 :thankyou: :smitten: :painting:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on September 04, 2017, 01:00:50 AM
A quote from this wise lady

'We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.'


Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Val on September 04, 2017, 03:23:10 AM
Very well done.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Happychappy on September 04, 2017, 04:12:34 AM
Liz, your pencil work is outstanding to say the least. I loved the drawing of the lioness who looked so tired because she is the one who does all the hard work in finding and feeding the pride.


Patricia
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: mea hamo pena on September 04, 2017, 08:33:45 AM
Oh, Liz, this is marvelous.  My mother was such a fan of Mother Teresa.

Someone sent me a photo of her as a teenager.  I hope it is the real thing - not sure. 

aloha

me
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on September 04, 2017, 05:59:12 PM
 :thankyou: :smitten: :painting:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on September 04, 2017, 06:15:12 PM
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: mea hamo pena on September 04, 2017, 09:06:25 PM
Liz, you are amazing.  You seem to do portraits so effortlessly.  They terrify me.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on September 06, 2017, 11:03:25 AM
Hope you like mea?  :smitten: :painting:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: EmmaLee on September 06, 2017, 01:20:35 PM
Wow, Liz. This one is great. Her hair looks so shiny, just like the photo.  :)
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on September 06, 2017, 03:08:00 PM
  :thankyou: emmalee for the lovely compliment .take care :smitten: :painting:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Gita on September 07, 2017, 08:28:01 PM
Liz,

Your old guys look so happy.  You make wrinkles look fashionable!

aloha

mea

😂😂 Mea, I think wrinkles are so important from the philosophical point of view and the modern world is struggling so much to avoid them and conceal them! I find the " new" Botox faces of aging modern women, hardly wrinkled and hardly any muscle movements so boring.....
Liz, I like your drawings. My favourite is the "friendly gent" with the guitar.
 :clap: :clap:

Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on September 08, 2017, 01:10:16 AM
 :thankyou: :smitten: :painting:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on September 08, 2017, 01:54:29 AM
Some like it hot - a classic comedy


Practice

Practice
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Val on September 08, 2017, 03:47:23 AM
 :heeha: Great job on Tony Curtis (Some Like It Hot), such a funny movie. Love it!  :clap: :clap: :clap:

Nice work on the cat, reminds me of my sketch of old Morissey, I must pull that out and try it again. The mare and foal is very well done as well.  O0     :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: mea hamo pena on September 08, 2017, 10:28:09 AM
Cool drawings, Liz.  Love the cat best.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: dennis on September 08, 2017, 10:59:48 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Excellent cat  O0
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Abbietaya on September 09, 2017, 12:44:06 PM
  :thankyou: :smitten: :painting:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: linley.plester on October 04, 2017, 04:21:31 PM
What an example and inspiration you are! It's so exciting scrolling through these sketches and seeing what practice can achieve. My favourites are the weathered old man at the beginning and the tired lioness. :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Practice piece
Post by: Happychappy on October 04, 2017, 04:59:16 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Excellent sketches.   Patricia