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Title: MarkK's Let's Draw progress
Post by: MarkK on October 31, 2017, 01:16:46 PM
I've been practicing strokes exercise for a couple of weeks now. As I learned with teaching myself guitar, a big part of learning new skills is muscle memory.

Usually, I just practice the stroke exercise on printed out templates, but this time I though it would be fun to try one in my sketchpad without the pre-printed  arrows to follow.

I was a little shaky on this one. I probably drank too much caffeine at lunch.  :tongue:

Title: Re: MarkK's Let's Draw progress
Post by: Happychappy on October 31, 2017, 04:22:14 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Very neatly done Mark.   Patricia
Title: Re: MarkK's Let's Draw progress
Post by: mea hamo pena on October 31, 2017, 06:39:24 PM
Great, Mark.  Your journey has begun.

Off to a good start.  Drawing in all those little boxes is so worthwhile in the end.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: MarkK's Let's Draw progress
Post by: Val on November 01, 2017, 03:20:27 AM
 :heeha: You are going to do so well with drawing. Can't get over how well your lines are spaced. Did you measure them?  :whistle:     :2funny: Seriously now, excellent job on this.  O0      :clap: :clap: :clap:

My eyes are not the best at the moment....but is that a Takamine in your hands?
Title: Re: MarkK's Let's Draw progress
Post by: MarkK on November 01, 2017, 12:21:17 PM
The tree shadows gave me a hard time on this one. But onward! During the course, did anyone go back and redo any of their drawings? I feel like I should make another attempt at this one.


Cheers.
Title: Re: MarkK's Let's Draw progress
Post by: MarkK on November 01, 2017, 12:30:26 PM
Hi Val, that's a Paul Reed Smith (PRS) acoustic. It plays rather nice.

 :thankyou: for the encouragement everyone. This is going to be a lot of fun!

On my stroke exercise, I drew the grid with a ruler for the person asking. The strokes are hand drawn though. :)
Title: Re: MarkK's Let's Draw progress
Post by: Happychappy on November 01, 2017, 12:51:11 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Mark, you are doing great. Quite a number of people struggled with the reflections and the trees but yours seem to be good.  I must go back and have another look at mine.  I often felt like re-doing my drawings but life is so busy and I just moved on.  Mark if you feel it would benefit you to re-do the lesson, then do it for sure.  You must go with what feel right for you.


Patricia
Title: Re: MarkK's Let's Draw progress
Post by: Mysti Vale on November 01, 2017, 06:19:34 PM
Hi, Mark.  I think you are onto something with the muscle memory.  Your strokes look great!  I am doing every exercise at least twice, once on paper and once on the iPad.  I have done a few exercises more than once if I felt I needed it, or just enjoyed it.  I am looking forward to seeing your next drawing.
Title: Re: MarkK's Let's Draw progress
Post by: mea hamo pena on November 01, 2017, 10:02:38 PM
Mark

I think you did well.  I have done this one many times.

I find if you turn the paper sideways, it seems easier to draw a better reflection.  I call this one the EKG monitor (or lie detector) sheet.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: MarkK's Let's Draw progress
Post by: MarkK on November 02, 2017, 12:49:17 PM
Hi, Mark.  I think you are onto something with the muscle memory.  Your strokes look great!  I am doing every exercise at least twice, once on paper and once on the iPad.  I have done a few exercises more than once if I felt I needed it, or just enjoyed it.  I am looking forward to seeing your next drawing.

I've been doing the stroke exercise a couple of times a week since the beginning of October, until I could get my schedule where I could "officially" follow the daily exercises. I figure that drawing lines are important, and since I've never really drawn before, it couldn't hurt to do them more than once as time permits.
Title: Re: MarkK's Let's Draw progress
Post by: MarkK on November 02, 2017, 12:50:48 PM
Mark

I think you did well.  I have done this one many times.

I find if you turn the paper sideways, it seems easier to draw a better reflection.  I call this one the EKG monitor (or lie detector) sheet.

aloha

mea

Good tip Mea! I will give that a try, as I will most likely try drawing it again as practice.
Title: Re: MarkK's Let's Draw progress
Post by: MarkK on November 02, 2017, 12:53:57 PM
Adding my tonal value exercise. Had a little trouble around the HB area, and was also dealing with a cat who decided to walk into the 6B box and leave paw prints.

Thanks everyone for the comments. I'm looking forward to when I start some of the drawings in the course.

Title: Re: MarkK's Let's Draw progress
Post by: Happychappy on November 02, 2017, 01:20:14 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Looks good Mark.    Patricia
Title: Re: MarkK's Let's Draw progress
Post by: MarkK on November 03, 2017, 12:26:36 PM
Shading is definitely challenging! I will be practicing this exercise a few more times...

Title: Re: MarkK's Let's Draw progress
Post by: mea hamo pena on November 03, 2017, 12:33:37 PM
Mark,

You are making progress.  Just remember to gradually lighten or darken so there is almost no way to tell where one shading begins and one ends.

Keep practicing.  It pays off big time in the end.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: MarkK's Let's Draw progress
Post by: Val on November 03, 2017, 03:17:37 PM
Good on you Mark. You've done quite well with it.  :clap: :clap: :clap:   This is the exercise that will carry you through your drawing, painting, anything you want to pursue artistically. Blending, shading, values, dimension, it has it all. The most important exercise in my book!   O0

The sphere is a tough one first few tries...  :whistle: ....     I like to use it as a warm up.
Title: Re: MarkK's Let's Draw progress
Post by: nolan on November 05, 2017, 01:03:43 PM
you are off to a great start Mark :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

On your shaded ball, work on getting a slower, more gradual change in tonal value between the dark and the light area. Seeing as you are not scared to repeat core drawings a few times (the shaded ball is one of them), here is what I suggest you do:

1) Take a dark pencil like a 6B then shade the ball using only a change in the pressure you apply to the pencil - press super soft in the lightest area, then gradually harder as you progress towards the shadow side.
 This will teach you how to control the amount of pressure you apply to your pencils.

2) Shade the ball using the same pressure on the pencil at all times, instead change the pencil to a softer and softer one as you progress to the shadow side. This will teach you when to use which pencil O0
Title: Re: MarkK's Let's Draw progress
Post by: MarkK on November 07, 2017, 06:04:05 PM
Thanks for the tips Nolan! One of my questions was actually going to be "How do you know how hard to press"? I was trying to press lightly with my 2h pencil, and still felt it was to dark. I thought as I was moving through my pencils I was adjusting my pressure, but guess not . I like the tip about the light pressure with different pencils. I will work on doing a few more of the balls and take into account your tips.
Title: Re: MarkK's Let's Draw progress
Post by: MarkK on November 07, 2017, 06:06:56 PM
Thanks Mea and Val for the tips. Work got in the way this week :(, but I'm doing a little each day for practice. I think I have a ways to go before I'm comfortable with my pencils and do what they are capable
Title: Re: MarkK's Let's Draw progress
Post by: Val on November 08, 2017, 07:10:35 AM
Just keep doing a little each day, repetition is the key. Or as we like to say here... 'practice, practice, practice'!  ;D (you'll be hearing that a LOT!)  ;D
Title: Re: MarkK's Let's Draw progress
Post by: TeresaM on November 15, 2017, 03:51:23 PM
Well done keep going  :clap: