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Title: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 16, 2013, 01:14:22 PM
OK, folks.  I did it.  I started my Let's Draw class.


Here's my landscape.  I must admit -- it was easier than I thought it would be. 

I know it's not as good as it could be, so please tell me what I should have done to make it look better.

aloha

mea

Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: nolan on December 16, 2013, 01:30:34 PM
Mea, your first drawing is just fine :clap: :clap: :clap:

Continue to the next drawing O0 :gl:
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: ImBatman on December 16, 2013, 01:40:10 PM
Not a bad attempt mea. Your reflections (especially the ones on the right) should be the reverse to look more realistic. Imagine folding the piece of paper along the water edge. If the top of the tree is to the right of the base of the tree on the land, then it should be the same in the water. E.g. :
    \
      \ | /
____________
      / | \
    /


I hope that gives you the drift.


Batman.
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 16, 2013, 02:35:38 PM
Thanks, Batman. 

Definitely will work on doing reflections.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 16, 2013, 02:37:53 PM
Thanks, Nolan.

Wish I had taken this course months ago.

Will work on my flicking.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Denise808 on December 16, 2013, 08:13:27 PM
Woo Hoo!! NICE.
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 16, 2013, 11:14:15 PM
Thanks, Denise.  I'm pretty proud of myself. 

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Germa on December 17, 2013, 01:15:08 AM
Nice drawing Mea!
I think the Batman's tip is something to concern about, next time you draw reflections.

And ehhhm.... where is your tree of day 0?  ;)
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 17, 2013, 08:13:36 AM
Ah-hem, Germa, my day 0 tree is so bad I don't want anyone to see it.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Germa on December 17, 2013, 09:04:34 AM
Fair enough!  ;)
Gives you lots of room to improve though  :P
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: V on December 17, 2013, 09:20:12 PM
Excellent start Mea :clap: !
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 17, 2013, 10:39:31 PM
Thanks, Vjah.  I'm taking baby steps.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Ray3 on December 18, 2013, 12:32:20 AM
Another excellent drawing Mea reflections are not an easy thing to do its judging where the light is coming from and how it casts that shadow keep at it.  Ray
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class - Ball
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 21, 2013, 06:52:55 PM
OK, folks.  I made it to day 4 - the ball.


Must admit it came out better than I thought it would.   Followed Nolan step-by-step (rewind after rewind).

I had once tried to do this drawing with no instruction and it came out terrible.

Amazing the difference a good teacher can make.

Mahalo, Nolan.

aloha

mea

Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Denise808 on December 21, 2013, 09:37:37 PM
Hey, looks great Mea - nice dark shadow .....
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Germa on December 22, 2013, 02:50:38 AM
 :clap:
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Val on December 22, 2013, 06:41:50 AM
This is a great exercise to keep practicing. Will really help later when working gradations. Nice go Mea.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 22, 2013, 08:52:09 AM
 :thankyou:   Denise, Val, and Germa for commenting on my ball drawing.  Now on to Day 5 of Let's Draw.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: jennylynn on December 22, 2013, 09:16:33 AM
hey mea great work on your drawings so far, great course isn't it  :yippee: you know your gonna ace it don't you  :yippee: :clap:
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 22, 2013, 10:35:19 AM
Jennylynn,

Don't think I can ace the drawing course, but will give it my best shot.

Thanks for the encouragement.
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: nolan on December 22, 2013, 11:37:43 AM
great stuff, on to day 5 :clap:
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Happychappy on December 22, 2013, 12:13:28 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  You are doing well Mea, fun isn't it?   Patricia
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 22, 2013, 12:32:36 PM
Thanks, Patricia.

I have a fun competition with myself to see what I can do better each day. (Some days the idea wins over the execution.)

But, yes, such a fun way to spend time.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: V on December 23, 2013, 04:54:14 PM
 :clap: , keep at it Mea. When I took this course, I remember I was timid with my darks. Yours is fantastic. Old habits, now it shows on my painting  :D .
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Germa on December 24, 2013, 12:10:51 AM
I don't think you will have any troubles with day 5 ;)
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Ray3 on December 24, 2013, 05:52:23 AM
It's wonderful that you have started the Drawing course and looking at the work you are showing you are really getting your teeth into the course well done looking forward to seeing more of your material   Ray
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 24, 2013, 07:44:17 AM
Thanks, Ray. 

I hope to have the berries drawing done today if Christmas preparations do not get in the way.

Hope you have a happy Christmas.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 24, 2013, 07:47:06 AM
Thanks, Germa.  It's coming along fine.  Buut Day 5 will actually take longer since Christmas stuff is impinging on my drawing time.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 24, 2013, 08:09:15 PM
Day 5 or is it 6? - The Berries

I took this photo after dark, so there is a bit of a glare.


I really learned a lot about the tonal values of the different pencils.  It took a long time, but worth the effort.

Please comment so I'll know what to do better next time.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Steven on December 25, 2013, 12:43:45 AM
Fun stuff isn't it Mea?  O0 We talked about consistency with a light source on your palm trees, same thing here.  The light should be hitting all the berries in the same place.  Nice work on the reflected light on the bottom of the berries and good rounding and the leaves look pretty good too.  All in all a good exercise! :clap:
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Germa on December 25, 2013, 02:55:56 AM
Well done Mea!!!  :clap:

Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 25, 2013, 07:39:49 AM
Thanks, Steven.  Thanks, Germa.

I'm still trying to get the light in the right places.  Need to work harder on that.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: nolan on December 25, 2013, 10:23:17 PM
well done Mea, I can see the photo has washed out the lightest lights, so great job :clap: :clap: :clap:
even better is that you are learning your pencils :cloud9:
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Happychappy on December 26, 2013, 06:03:50 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Wow, Mea, it makes me so happy to see everyone excelling in the drawing course.  I always feel that having an interest in art as we all do, we will never ever be lonely.  You are doing an excellent job. 


Patricia
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Lillian on December 26, 2013, 06:26:40 AM
Well done, Mea!   :clap: :clap: :clap:


Nice to see you're enjoying the drawing course.
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 26, 2013, 08:13:22 AM
Thank you for your support of my Let's Draw efforts:

Lillian - Yes, I am enjoying the course.

Patricia - Yes, if you have art to do, you always have a friend with you.

Nolan - Pencil numbers were a total mystery until I started this course.  Now I feel quite comfortable using them.  Thank you so much for taking me to a higher level.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Ray3 on December 28, 2013, 01:41:37 AM
Love your berries Mea you are certainly getting to grips with the drawing course well done. Ray
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 28, 2013, 08:19:06 AM
Thanks, Ray.  When I've shown the berries drawing to friends and family, they have a hard time believing I did it since they know I have struggled with drawing all my life.

It feels so good to be conquering an old foe!   Thanks for your supportive comments.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: liz on December 28, 2013, 09:21:58 AM
Good for you, Mea! Great to see you enjoying drawing with pencils, too!   :clap: :clap: :clap:
-Liz
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 28, 2013, 10:23:06 AM
Yes, Liz.  I definitely needed to learn to crawl before I could walk!


aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: liz on December 28, 2013, 01:15:31 PM
You're talking about me, you know!  I should have started with drawing myself.  I do love pencil drawing more than I imagined and right now just want to paint a couple more dogs and other animals.  I'm waiting for the mail; I ordered some toned paper pads from Blick and more acrylic paints.  Only a box of canvases were delivered yesterday.
Happy New Year, Mary Anne!!!  God bless you real good!!!   :1hug:
~Liz
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 28, 2013, 02:17:09 PM
Thanks, Liz.  Happy new year to you.

We'll have to get together once the golf tournament is over to compare our drawings first hand.

You, too, Denise.

Maybe we can meet at Ala Moana Beach park and do an "en plein air" drawing session.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Denise808 on December 28, 2013, 08:07:20 PM
Count me in!  8)

I could pick up some bentos from Shirokiya? or pizza or .....  :)
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Val on December 29, 2013, 02:47:35 AM
So Denise ..... you wouldn't be going for the plein air experience, or the company of other artists? ..... You're going for the food!  :eek:     :2funny:
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Sarah (arch) on December 29, 2013, 07:27:14 AM
Mea, you have launched on the most worthwhile venture! Enjoy. And take advantage of everything that is taught here. I started this class to improve my watercolor, and just fell in love with graphite. Which is so strange, because drawing was the one part of painting that I did not enjoy or feel at all confident in. Now I don't ever paint anymore. Oops!! But I hope you will love it. You are doing well!
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Denise808 on December 29, 2013, 12:54:08 PM
So Denise ..... you wouldn't be going for the plein air experience, or the company of other artists? ..... You're going for the food!  :eek:     :2funny:

AHH! Busted!!  :2funny:
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Steven on December 29, 2013, 08:21:14 PM
Count me in on the bentos box!  (well, if you deliver)

And Sarah, I did the same thing, drawing to better my oil painting and don't want to put the pencils down now!

Mea is coming on strong O0
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Denise808 on December 29, 2013, 10:03:30 PM
Count me in on the bentos box!  (well, if you deliver)

Steven, sorry, I don't deliver but I'm pretty sure Val does! We'll see if she's available for hire... :boat:
 
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 29, 2013, 10:15:17 PM
Thanks, Sarah.  Wish I had the time to devout to the drawing - will in a few weeks.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 29, 2013, 10:19:28 PM
Good grief, I get behind in messages for a couple days and you turn this into a food fest.

Hmmm... maybe that's no a bad idea - instead of a paint and wine party, we can have a sushi and paint party.     I love the shrimp tempura handroll at Honu Sushi on Dillingham! Sooooo  Ono!!!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Denise808 on December 29, 2013, 10:22:25 PM
OK! if Liz likes sushi, Honu sushi it will be  8)
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Val on December 30, 2013, 02:15:48 AM
 :eek:   Good Grief!   :doh:     :2funny:
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Steven on December 30, 2013, 02:40:18 AM
I take it that means no delivery Val? :'(
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 24, 2014, 10:16:00 PM
OK, folks, I got back to the Let's Draw Class.  Obviously, I will need lots more practice with drawing rocks.


This is not my best work.  Where did I go wrong?

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Germa on January 24, 2014, 10:40:21 PM
I think it's just the darkest shadow under each rock Mea, but I think Nolan and others can give you better advices since I'm just a beginner drawer too.
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: sally13 on January 24, 2014, 11:13:35 PM
It is a tricky exercise Mea and Nolan will help best with this one. I am only a beginner drawer too. I can see a face on the side of the large bottom rock, is it someone you know? :2funny:
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 25, 2014, 07:25:59 AM
Sally 13,

Last night I thought I saw those face-like indentations in Nolan's template, so I put them in.  This morning, I don't see them on the template.

Weird, huh!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 25, 2014, 07:29:01 AM
Thanks, Germa.  What lesson are you on now?  I am so far behind.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Germa on January 25, 2014, 09:42:58 AM
I've seen all lessons, but didn't draw the outside drawing yet, it's not such a good weather to draw outside over here, and I saw I missed the drawing of day 17.
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Daisyblue77 on January 25, 2014, 11:29:27 AM
Mea ... I really like your drawings.
 Keep up the great work.  Looking forward to seeing more of your work.   :clap:   :clap:
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 25, 2014, 11:42:10 AM
Thanks, Didwaud, still have a long way to go in the Let's Draw course, though.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: nolan on January 25, 2014, 02:23:15 PM
It is all about the contrasts Mea. The more a plane is facing the light, the lighter it will be, the more it is facing away, the darker it will be. What has happened here is that you have not quite got the tonal value changes correct as well as their values (darkness / lightness) The biggest ones being the shadows cast by the rocks onto the ones below it.

Take a look at the two large rocks on the right hands side as an example. Add their shadows in on the top planes and you will already see a big difference O0
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 26, 2014, 03:54:09 PM
Thanks, Nolan.  had to read this a couple times before I got what you mean.  In the meantime, I lost the rocks drawing, so might be awhile before I find it to go about correcting it.

Thanks, though.  Now I know what to do the next time.

aloha

mea

Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 27, 2014, 10:54:20 PM
Up to Day #9 and the cross-hatching!  I tried, but I wasn't very good at it. Curved lines are so much harder to keep parallel than straight lines.


I sure hope my teddy bear comes out better than Nolan's coffee cup.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Steven on January 28, 2014, 12:43:20 AM
You got the form fine MAL :clap:, try varying the line spacing more and not the darkness of the line so much, so the tighter spacing gives the shadow effect and the looser line hatch is lighter or high lights.  Good curved hatching on the handle!
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Val on January 28, 2014, 03:13:04 AM
Steven is right about the line spacing Mea. The closer the line spacing the darker it looks, the farther apart... the  lighter it looks. The other thing is to take your time, there is no behind.... trust me on that one!  :2funny:

Good job.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 28, 2014, 09:03:46 AM
Thanks, Val and Steven.  I'll follow your advice as I do the teddy bear. I've seen the cute little fellow so many times when the others have cross-hatched him.  Looking forward to that challenge.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Germa on January 28, 2014, 09:43:27 AM
... the others have cross-hatched him...


Oh boy, this sounds dangerous.
"Go away, out of my side, or I'll cross-hatch you"  :fight: :fight: :fight:

 
 :gl: with the little fellow Mea!
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 28, 2014, 10:41:46 AM
Germa,  cute!!  I knew someone would find a way to have fun with the "cross-hatching."

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: nolan on January 29, 2014, 12:14:33 PM
Mea your cross hatching mug is fine, absolutely nothing wrong with it.
with a bit more practice you will be hatching like a pro O0
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 29, 2014, 07:45:21 PM
Thanks, Nolan, as long as I'm not hatching like a chick!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: nolan on January 30, 2014, 11:26:41 AM
 ;D
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: cyril on January 31, 2014, 09:36:57 AM
excellent drawings Mea  :clap:  :clap: ..... you doing great.
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 31, 2014, 11:28:43 PM
I made it to Day #10.

The poor little Teddy Bear looks kinda sad to be in this cross-hatched suit.  I am not good at cross-hatching and hope I don't have to do it very often.


It's good to learn new techniques, but this is not one that I feel comfortable with.

Sorry, Teddy for putting you through this.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: dennis on February 01, 2014, 12:23:57 AM
Compared to the mug, the cross-hatching on the teddy bear is an awesome improvement  :clap: :clap: :clap: Some lines still need to follow the curves O0
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 01, 2014, 08:53:41 AM
Thanks, Dennis.  I worked on it again this morning to try to make the cross-hatching more contoured like you suggested.

It was late last night when I scanned it; I should have waited until morning so I could improve it before sending it in.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: nolan on February 01, 2014, 11:03:46 AM
looking forward to seeing the changes O0
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 01, 2014, 12:06:53 PM
Thanks for the suggestions.  Hope the teddy bear looks better now. I need more practice, though, with following the carved lines.  I darkened a few places and smoothed out the cross-hatches with a stump.  I hope that is okay to do.  I wanted to try stumping.

I did have a few indentations where I pressed too hard during the tracing.  Will be mindful to not do that in the future.


I'm taking baby steps here, but can definitely see improvements.  Thanks for your patience.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: nolan on February 02, 2014, 02:41:47 PM
what a difference Mea. Now you can say that you CAN cross hatch, well done :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 02, 2014, 03:33:07 PM
Thanks, Nolan.   I am beginning to understand all the nuances of art!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 02, 2014, 04:54:14 PM
Oh, can someone recommend a good pencil sharpener.  I have three, but they don't seem to work very well.
Two are hand-held cheapies (General All Art and Staedtler Mars Lumograph) and a battery one (X-acto Model # 16750/16755).

The Xacto has never really worked well.  It cost less than $8.00.  Do I needed a mre expensive one?  The hand-held ones actually work better than the Xacto.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: jillh on February 02, 2014, 05:17:58 PM
Mea I was given an Xacto Powerhouse for Christmas and I love it.  I treat it like gold and never use it for pencils that have wax in them.
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 02, 2014, 05:25:53 PM
Thanks, Jillh, I'll check it out.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 02, 2014, 11:07:44 PM
Day #11 

Here is my scumbled goldfish.


Critique please.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: nolan on February 03, 2014, 11:09:34 AM
I take a pencil with to the shop and actually try the sharpeners before choosing one to buy ;D
Fish looks good Mea :clap: :clap: :clap:
I suggest adding a light outline on each fin so we can see there is a definite edge to each O0
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 03, 2014, 10:39:48 PM
Nolan,

Why didn't I think of that - taking a pencil with me to the art supply store to try out the sharpeners.  That's why you are there and I am here!!!

Also thanks for the comments on my scrumbled fish.

I am so enjoying the Let's Draw class.  I see so much progress
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: jennylynn on February 04, 2014, 07:42:59 AM
hey mea great drawings :yippee:  look like your enjoying it  O0
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 04, 2014, 06:26:17 PM
Thanks, Jennylynn, wish I had taken drawing lessons decades ago.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 05, 2014, 08:34:26 AM
Let's Draw Day#13

It was fun listening to Dennis's story of how he started in art.

I am quite pleased the way my barn came out, although I'm sure that there are things I could have done better.


Please let me know what needs fixing.

mahalo and aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: nolan on February 05, 2014, 07:17:16 PM
very good Mea, love the textures in this one :clap: :clap: :clap:
Darken the window "inside" on the right hand side, get it as dark as you can. That will enhance the looking in effect O0
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 05, 2014, 10:46:26 PM
Thanks, Nolan.  I'll work on that window.

I really enjoyed doing this one, now that I know about textures.

Thanks for teaching me so much.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Germa on February 07, 2014, 10:31:43 AM
 :clap:
Lovely to see how you surprise yourself, you're doing great!
I was sure you could do it from the beginning.  ;)  :whistle:
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 07, 2014, 10:46:05 AM
Germa,

You are always so supportive!  I value your input.

Are you working on a new "dream" painting?

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Germa on February 10, 2014, 03:01:39 AM
I wish I could, I'm visiting doctors, have had already 1 surgery this year and in March/April 3 more are already planned.
I have splints on my thumbs so it's not so easy to be creative these weeks.  :crazy2:

mwa, just waiting for you girl, so we can do the next lessons together... ;)
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 10, 2014, 07:09:08 AM
Gosh, Germa, you are so resilient.  Nothing will hold you back.

I'm working on the February painting challenge right now in oil, finishing an oil painting for a friend, and each evening I hope to do a Let's Draw lesson.

I'll be caught up soon.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Val on February 17, 2014, 05:32:51 AM
 :heeha: Great strides happening here Mea! Miss a few days and WOW, you just flew the coop! Coming on famously, keep those pencils scribbling!  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 17, 2014, 07:28:51 AM
Thanks, Val.

I've been neglecting my Let's Draw lessons for the past couple weeks.  Best get back to them soon.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Val on February 18, 2014, 02:24:55 AM
 O0     ;)
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Steven on February 25, 2014, 02:22:56 AM
Nice barn Mea!  O0  Looks as if the pencils are being "tamed"!
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 25, 2014, 08:25:42 AM
Thanks, Steven.

I did darken up the right side of the window later as Nolan suggested and it made a big difference.

aloha

mea  (pencil tamer)
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Lisafromoto on February 25, 2014, 10:41:51 AM
Mea your barn looks great  ::) I have a bit of work to do on my.  I didn't like the hatch as much either  :o ;D
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on March 10, 2014, 08:07:44 PM
Finally made it to Lesson #20.

Here's my horse.  I had to quit tinkering with it.  The eyebrow is not right yet.


Anything else?

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: sally13 on March 10, 2014, 09:52:10 PM
Great job of the horse Mea, he has that look in his eye like hes ready to take off. :clap: :clap:
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Post by: mea hamo pena on March 10, 2014, 10:06:18 PM
Thanks, Sally.  I am so happy that I signed up for the Let's Draw course.  I can't believe that I am really drawing!!!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Mariep on March 10, 2014, 10:39:03 PM
Gheee, the horses look great......I am a horsy person....stop riding about 6 months ago because of a neck injury....think I must join  in on this drawing bears and horses and other animals.....how do I go about and what course is this?
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Lisafromoto on March 10, 2014, 10:45:00 PM
Marie it is the Lets Draw Course.  I think I found it under the watch Paint basket blue button under the pencil icon.  The others will tell you for sure.  I am just over half way and loving it.  I am about to do the horse too.  :)
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on March 10, 2014, 11:09:09 PM
Marie,

Lisa is correct.  It is a lesson from the Let's Draw course, with Nolan as instructor.  I was fortunate enough to buy it when the Christmas specials were offered.  It has proven to be a great investment.

I am so amazed that my horse came out so well.  I am really learning.  Fifteen months ago, I had ZERO talent in art.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Steven on March 10, 2014, 11:12:50 PM
Well done Mea, the horse is a fun exercise isn't it? O0

Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: jennylynn on March 11, 2014, 12:55:15 AM
really well done on your horse mea love it  O0
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Post by: Danielle123 on March 11, 2014, 03:35:02 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: beautifuly done Mea, the eye looks great to me.
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Post by: mea hamo pena on March 11, 2014, 07:25:45 AM
Thanks, Danielle.   It had a few errors but I now know how to do better the next time.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on March 11, 2014, 07:31:21 AM
THANKS, Steven and Jennylynn.

Yes, the horse was more fun than I expected it would be.

aloha

mea

Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: nolan on March 11, 2014, 11:49:06 AM
Like this rendition Mea, it looks nice a loose and free :clap: :clap:

Just remember that the horse doesn't have an eyebrow like we do, the marking above his eye is more like a wrinkle. Look carefully at the reference drawing and correct O0
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Post by: jillh on March 11, 2014, 07:52:15 PM
Mea!  Lovely drawing of the horse.  The lets draw course is awesome isn't it?
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on March 11, 2014, 10:46:30 PM
Thanks, Jillh.  I love the Let's Draw course.  It has really helped me.  And it's fun!

Ah, Nolan, I see what you mean about the eyebrow.  Will need to correct it.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Germa on March 15, 2014, 03:50:44 AM
Great job on the horse Mea!
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on March 15, 2014, 07:28:24 AM
Thanks, Germa.   Good to shear from you. 

How are you doing?

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Germa on March 15, 2014, 08:28:42 AM
I'm OK, still a bit dizzy from spinal anaesthesia and I have some stitches on a place where you don't want them but that's going to be fine in a couple of weeks.
1 done, 2 to go (in surgery). ;)
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on March 15, 2014, 08:36:19 AM
Oh, dear.  Sounds like an ordeal.  Hope it all goes well, Germa.  Will be thinking of you.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Germa on March 16, 2014, 05:49:27 AM
Thank you Mea, maybe it would be an ordeal when there was no surgery possible but nowadays they can do lots of good things in a hospital. ;)
I'll be fine when summer starts, just don't feel like painting and drawing much. Really have to find the courage to start again.
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Post by: mea hamo pena on March 16, 2014, 07:32:50 AM
Germa,

I'm sure you'll be back painting again soon.  You do it so well. 

I'm looking forward to seeing more of your "dreams" on canvas.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: nolan on March 17, 2014, 03:36:18 PM
hang in there Germa, you will do it O0 :flowers:
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Mariep on March 20, 2014, 05:52:47 AM
Hi Mea...your drawings are  great!!! SOund as if there are a few Master Artists  assisting us on the Lets Draw forum.   :stress:
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on March 20, 2014, 07:01:26 AM
Thanks, Marie.  Let's Draw has changed my life!

Saying prayers for your husband.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: cyril on March 29, 2014, 03:43:09 AM
Wow Mea!!! ...... your drawings have really improved  a lot  :clap:  :clap:  ...
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Germa on March 29, 2014, 04:11:47 AM
Thanks Nolan, I took a step again Mea, bought the portrait drawing course. I've read you bought it too, and you're also going for the replays, I understand?
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Post by: mea hamo pena on March 29, 2014, 06:58:58 AM
Yes, Germa.  I have a couple UFP's to finish before I can start it.  I am really enthused about it after seeing all the eyes, ears, noses that the others have done.

Happy to know you will be doing it, too.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on March 29, 2014, 07:01:12 AM
Thanks, Cyril.  Wish I had started drawing lessons 50 years ago.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: bamagal on March 29, 2014, 07:45:10 AM
these are great! I wish I had started years ago too!!
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on March 29, 2014, 09:12:57 AM
Bamagal,

I'm stuck at Lesson 23 until I get my shadow box and spotlight.

Have been enjoying doing the drawings.  Hope you have as much fun and sense of accomplishment.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on April 26, 2014, 10:24:46 PM
Life seems to have gotten in the way of my art, but I did have a chance to do the outdoor scene (Lesson #25?) from the Let's Draw course the other day while Senior Sitting for my friend's mom.  She loves to watch me draw and paint.


This is a scene off her back porch.  I am getting better at drawing ti plants, but the plants in the foreground just do not seem to show up very well.  The stoney-looking things form an old, unusable fish pond.

I think I'll revisit this sometime when I have more experience.  Suggestions appreciated.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Steven on April 27, 2014, 01:28:37 AM
Hi Mea, I love your tireless production!  Even on a slow bell you get a lot done! :clap:
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Post by: nolan on April 28, 2014, 12:39:29 PM
there is nothing wrong with the drawing work Mea, what you want to do however is make the things in the background lighter and lower contrast so that the foreground objects stand out O0
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Val on April 28, 2014, 02:40:02 PM
Very nice Mea. Remember the kneadable eraser.....my best friend!  ;D
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on April 28, 2014, 04:31:00 PM
Thanks, Val, Nolan, and Steven.   I'll go back to the drawing and use your suggestions.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Danielle123 on April 28, 2014, 05:03:35 PM
Beautiful Mea, I like that plant in the front. :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on April 28, 2014, 06:20:22 PM
Thanks, Danielle.  I will do that scene again some day once I have more experience.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Mariep on July 13, 2014, 12:56:05 AM
Well done Mea!! Keep good faith in you talent! Sometimes i get lost while drawing and the end result, like June 2014 clouds, turn out to be a mess....i realy dont like to struggle with any thing in life, but i am getting better. Drawing teaches me to calm down and accept my booo booos. The best sinario for me is to draw perfect from the start but that has never happend so i just go along an SMILE!!!  Have a great weeken and keep going!!! I do get my strength from all you artist that started about the same time as me!!! Xxxx
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on July 13, 2014, 03:23:58 AM
Mariep,

I am still in a state of awe that I am actually drawing now.  NEVER was able to do it before I found PB.  I am totally certain that it is my late mother guiding my hand.  Then the positive comments and constructive suggestions from you folks that make me want to get better and better.

Bless you, all.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 24, 2015, 11:25:35 PM
It's been about a year and a half since I did the Let's Draw class so I went back tonight and looked at some of my work. 

I decided to retry the coffee cup, but did it free hand this time and without the cross-hatching.


Now that I see the scanned version I see that it is not as symmetrical as it could have been.  I have gotten better at making the brim rounder around the sides, rather than coming to a point. 

My sense of shading is definitely getting better - I am no longer afraid of the dark.

Also, I finally realized that just the tiniest tweak can really make a difference in the way things look.

What else still needs improvement?

aloha

mea  (Left-over cup after Santa drank his hot chocolate.)
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 25, 2015, 11:30:42 PM
I revisited another Let's Draw lesson and tried the Scumbled Fish.  This time I did it free hand and I am not quite happy with the shape.


Where did I go wrong?

aloha

mea ( I love that word - scumbled!)
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: nolan on December 27, 2015, 12:41:28 PM
great job Mea :clap: :clap: :clap:

The cup itself looks great, it is the shadow that need adjusting - the shadow is darker against the object, then shades lighter away from it O0

Fish - The shape is fine as you get all sort of different shaped fish. Just the edges of the fins - using a 2H or H show where the fin ends. If you can't see the end, the lines appear to be separate which in turn makes it look like hair.

You can see this effect nicely by looking at the tow top back fins. They are edged and looks like fins. The rest are not edged and look like hair. Amazing how a small edge can change the appearance so dramatically O0
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Post by: mea hamo pena on December 27, 2015, 05:49:15 PM
Thanks, Nolan.

I see what you mean about the shadows.  It did look darker, though, on the original.  Wasn't a good scan.

I see what you mean on the fish fins.  I'll do some fin practice.

Slow, but steady - I'll keep drawing.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Joins the Let's Draw Class
Post by: Val on December 28, 2015, 01:26:15 PM
 :heeha: Good on you Mea! What a difference on the mug from your first one!  :clap: :clap: :clap:

I just might have another go at my mug...I think I'll use my new mug this time...the shape is a bit easier!  :whistle:    ;D