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Title: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on January 03, 2016, 12:58:25 PM
Here's my first postable drawing. I started the beginner's class about three weeks ago and am having a blast. I'm a retired computer programmer with lots of time on my hands. I always wanted to try drawing and painting, but never had the time till now.

Please let me know what you think..... good or bad.  Thanks.

Title: Re: My First Post
Post by: C.Bodine on January 03, 2016, 01:04:48 PM
Steve, what a great start!!!  :welcome: to our little community. You will find this is a really fun group. Always willing to give a compliment and helpful suggestions! You will see your work progress very quickly!
Title: Re: My First Post
Post by: Happychappy on January 03, 2016, 01:52:12 PM
 :welcome:  Steve to our PB family.  Wow, what a great start, you have done a super job for sure.  Looking forward to seeing all your future drawings.


Patricia
Title: Re: My First Post
Post by: dennis on January 03, 2016, 02:41:52 PM
 :welcome: , Steve to the Paint Basket. Good to have you with us. Your pencil work is very precise and neat. A great start :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: My First Post
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 03, 2016, 05:35:01 PM
Welcome to Paintbasket, Steve.   Instruction is superb and the camaraderie on the Forum is really great.

Your first post shows you know what you are doing.  Really well done.

I noticed the cartoon for an avatar -- do you plan on doing cartoon work in retirement?

Hope you enjoy it here as much as we do.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: My First Post
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on January 03, 2016, 06:15:47 PM
Thank you all for your kind words.

Mea, I'm not really looking to do cartoon work. At this point
I'd just like to learn various disciplines and see where that takes me.

I used the Popeye avatar because, since childhood, I've always liked the cartoon. That and
I couldn't find a good photo of myself. :) When I find one I'll probably change it.

Steve



Title: Re: My First Post
Post by: Maryna on January 03, 2016, 09:09:45 PM
Well done, looks great, looking forward to seeing the progress and rest of the drawings  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: My First Post
Post by: Annie. on January 04, 2016, 06:48:14 AM
 :welcome: Steve
Your drawing is great! Looking forward to see more.

You may want to introduce yoursel in the 'About Me' section... it will become your own page.

I would have thought that Popeye's images would be copyright, but I guess it may not.  I have a tendency to be over careful.
Title: Re: My First Post
Post by: nolan on January 04, 2016, 01:54:29 PM
:bigwelcome: to the PB family Steve, so glad you decided to give the drawing a go :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

So far you are doing an amazing job with beautiful shadings and contrasts :heeha: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Can't wait to see the rest O0

PS - The Lets Draw course has it's own section on the forum so I will move this post over to there shortly and rename it to "Steve W's Lets Draw course". SO what you then do is just reply to this post each time you want to add a new drawing from the Lets Draw course. Later when you do the other classes, you will find it's thread here and reply to that.

Hope that made sense if not let me know and I'll PM you O0
Title: Re: My First Post
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on January 04, 2016, 04:59:33 PM
Thanks for the encouragement.

Annie, I got the avatar from a site that said all their avatars are in the public domain. I guess it will be o.k. until I find a good photo of myself to replace it.

Nolan, I believe I follow you. Next time I log in, I'll see if the post has been moved. Thanks. You know, your advice about practicing our strokes and tonal values has really helped. Even though it's a little boring, I've been doing one of each every week. Seems to work.

Now, if I can only figure out how to put the emoticons in my posts. I try to drag and drop them, but all I get is a URL pointing to the icon.

Take care,

Steve W
Title: Re: My First Post
Post by: Denise808 on January 04, 2016, 05:24:19 PM
Hi Steve,

Just click on the emoticon that you want (in the spot where you want it) and it will pop right in. You could hit "Preview" on the bottom right to see what it looks like first (scroll up to see sample) then post when you're ready  :)

very nice work by the way!
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: nolan on January 05, 2016, 01:53:14 PM
yes the stroke exercises are boring, but you only have to do them in the beginning to help you develop the eye hand coordination. Drawing is a skill so you need to learn and practice those skills in order to master them, so good on you for sticking with it O0
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on January 08, 2016, 01:42:11 PM
Here's my attempt at learning planes. I struggled with this one a bit....thank God for erasers.

Are the shadowed areas dark enough? Most were drawn using a 2B, but one I used a 4B. I'm just using copy paper. Maybe it would come out a little better on something with a bit more tooth.

Please give me your opinions. Thanks.



Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: nolan on January 08, 2016, 04:40:32 PM
I am very happy with this drawing Steve you are spotting the tonal changes well. :clap: :clap: :clap:

As you progress you will be able to spot finer changes, but for now this is great, well done O0
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 08, 2016, 06:27:55 PM
Steve,

The shapes of your rocks are so well done.

Go for the DARK, especially in the deep crevices where no light can enter!!!  You will marvel at how much more this will stand out with darker tones.

Took me a while to GET IT! 

Now I am a convert.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on January 09, 2016, 08:47:12 AM
Thanks, Nolan and Mea, for your compliments. They make me want to redouble my efforts.

Mea, you're right. I shouldn't be afraid to go to the dark side!

Now, on to hatching.



Steve W
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Happychappy on January 09, 2016, 02:22:38 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Steve, I would say you are a natural.  You are doing exceptionally well and like you, I was afraid of the darks and am still a little timid.  It takes a while to get into it but it will come. You can be proud of what you have accomplished thus far.


Patricia
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on January 11, 2016, 05:32:14 AM
Thank you, Happychappy  :blush:

Steve W
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on January 13, 2016, 10:53:44 AM
To me, hatching is a lot harder than it looks. This is my second attempt. It's better than my first, but I still need a lot more practice. One thing I picked up was to use lighter strokes. My first attempted had fewer tonal values. Also, I kept my pencil very sharp this time.

Talk to you soon.

Steve W



P.S.  I just realized I should have done this as landscape. Oh, well.  :doh:
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: nolan on January 14, 2016, 11:07:12 AM
great job Steve :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

It looks like you have the technique sorted so I can't wait to see your teddy bear :heeha:

The secret to good hatching is a sharp pencil O0
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: sally13 on January 14, 2016, 07:27:43 PM
Good job, you have already worked out how to improve, its al practice, practice
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on January 15, 2016, 06:56:15 AM
Thanks, everyone, for your kind comments. :)

I can bearly wait to finish my next assignment!  ;)



Steve W
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on January 16, 2016, 01:11:49 PM
And here's the bear.


Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: jillh on January 17, 2016, 09:48:32 AM
Very well done! Steve.   
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: nolan on January 17, 2016, 11:41:01 AM
and you bearly need any help with it too ;D :congrats: :not_worthy: :cloud9:

lovely free flowing, loose cross hatching. That is what the techniques is all about :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

Just darken the cast shadow a touch more, right up against the teddy O0
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on January 18, 2016, 05:11:17 AM
Thanks all.

Nolan,  :thankyou: for the criticism. Its funny how some of these details can escape us till someone points them out.

Now, on to stumbling.  :painting:

Steve W
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Danielle123 on January 18, 2016, 05:32:36 AM
Lovely drawing of the teddy Steve  :yippee:
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: nolan on January 18, 2016, 11:18:29 AM
yeah, that is why it is so important to stand back every now and again O0

PS - Luckily it is called sCumbling and not sTumbling - otherwise it wouldn't be much fun ;D
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on January 18, 2016, 05:04:20 PM
He-heee! I better invest in a spell checker  ;D.

Thanks for the encouragement, Danielle.

Steve W

Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on January 21, 2016, 11:31:10 AM


Hopefully l didn't stumble too much on my scumbling.  :)

I really need to lighten up when tracing outlines. The lines are showing through.

Everyone have a great day.

Steve W
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 21, 2016, 12:43:40 PM
Steve,

You scumbled well.  Looks good, Maybe a bit more darks to add drama.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Happychappy on January 21, 2016, 02:41:23 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Oh Steve, you are doing so well and as I said before, I personally think that you are a natural. Keep up the wonderful work.


Patricia
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: jillh on January 21, 2016, 02:44:39 PM
Nicely done Steve!  I are going to ace this course. 
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on January 22, 2016, 06:08:43 AM

Thanks, all.

Thanks for the tip, Mea. I went back and darkened the area between the back middle fin and the bottom fins. Also, part of the problem is that my scanner doesn't faithfully reproduce things. They come out a bit lighter. I did some image adjustment on the new version so it is more like the drawing. Still too light?

Steve W


Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: BarryC on January 22, 2016, 06:22:19 AM
Great job Steve! I was surprised how well this technique worked when I first used it, and yes, you will use it again.
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: nolan on January 22, 2016, 01:06:53 PM
your fish is perfect Steve, awesome job :congrats:
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on January 22, 2016, 03:09:13 PM
Thanks, everyone.  :)

Here's my attempt at the old barn.

Steve W


Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: jillh on January 22, 2016, 04:42:53 PM
Very nice Steve. Who is the person standing in the barn?   :)
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 22, 2016, 04:50:55 PM
Looks like Arnold Schwartzneggar (sp??) to me.

Nice work on the barn, Steve.


The fish looks great, too.
aloha

mea
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on January 22, 2016, 05:24:40 PM
Thanks, guys.

Good catch, Jill. Maybe it's Old McDonald. :) It sure is a strange optical illusion. Thanks for pointing it out.


Steve W

Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: nolan on January 24, 2016, 01:16:28 PM
awesome job Steve :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

Just the dark on the tree follows the edge of the house too closely, so add more tree going up and to the left in order to fade the dark out slower O0
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on January 24, 2016, 06:24:59 PM


Thanks for the advice, Nolan. How's this? More?

Steve W
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 24, 2016, 06:45:04 PM
Good job, Steve.  I think the frame on the bottom of the open window might need to be angled up, not down.  Regardless, it still looks better than the one I did.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on January 24, 2016, 07:45:11 PM
Thanks, Mea. I noticed that also....after I had finished.

I think I'll leave it alone and just mark it down as a lesson learned. But I did get rid of the ghost standing in the barn door. It was creeping me out. :o

It's getting late here in the East Coast. Time for  :sleep:. Talk to you again.

Steve W
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 24, 2016, 09:06:04 PM
Darn, I thought the ghost looked like Arnold Swartzneggar.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: jillh on January 25, 2016, 10:51:44 AM
 :2funny:
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: nolan on January 25, 2016, 12:32:48 PM
the tree is great no Steve O0
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on January 30, 2016, 02:45:30 PM


Hi all!

This lesson took me a lot of time to complete. I'm not sure why. But I'm happy that this is my first drawing where I got the outlines on the paper freehand.  :yippee:

The photo from the lesson had two different light sources. I chose to eliminate one of the sets of shadows. To me it looks better with the light coming from only one source.

I was really worried that I the vase bases would get lost against the black background of the table, but it seemed to work out o.k. The plate might be a little too light, but I wanted to make sure that there was a tonal difference between the plate and the table.

Please let me know what improvements I can make. Still learning!

Have a great day.

Steve W



Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: BarryC on January 30, 2016, 04:08:48 PM
Fantastic job Steve, nicely done. Of all the classes, this is the one I least enjoyed, but you stuck to it and did a great job.
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Happychappy on January 30, 2016, 04:29:47 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:  Wow, excellent Steve.  I love viewing your work for you are doing so well.  Patricia
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: jillh on January 30, 2016, 04:54:17 PM
Excellent Steve!
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 30, 2016, 05:04:15 PM
Steve,

Wow, this is incredibly well done -- the best rendering of this still life I have seen yet.

I couldn't even get it to look good by tracing - You do it freehand and it's perfect!

Wow, you are making fantastic progress.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on January 30, 2016, 06:55:18 PM
 :thankyou: all very much. Your encouragement means a lot to me. :smitten:

Mea, I stole Nolan's idea for the plate by tracing the circumference of a roll of masking tape. Worked great. The rest was just draw, adjust, draw again. It took me all day to get it so it looked O.K.

Barry, I hear you. This one was the least enjoyable lesson I've done. I think it has to do with the uncertainty I had about how to approach drawing it. Fortunately, things worked out as I went along.

Everybody have a great day.

Steve W
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Kathysutterlin on January 30, 2016, 09:57:22 PM
Wow Steve,

Your drawings are beautiful. I just came on board yesterday after enrolling in the "Let's Draw Class" and have been poking around on the forum.  I am inspired by what you have done in a few short weeks.  Your hard work and focus is evident the drawings you have produced. Thank you for the inspiration!  :clap: :clap: :clap:

Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on January 31, 2016, 08:47:11 AM
Thank you very much for your kind words, Kathy. They're appreciated. :blush:

Welcome aboard! I know you will have a great time here at Paint Basket. Nolan is a wonderful teacher and everyone is very helpful and supportive. For me, its been a blessing.

Art is always something I wanted to do. But work and life always consumed my time. Now that I'm retired, I have a lot of time to devote to learning and improving my drawing.

I'm looking forward to seeing your work.  :coffee::gl2:


Steve W
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: nolan on January 31, 2016, 01:09:51 PM
you have done a wonderful job with this drawing Steve - one of the best so far of this scene :heeha: :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on January 31, 2016, 01:13:49 PM
Thanks, Nolan. I think I used up few pencils with this one. ;)
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Win on February 01, 2016, 04:41:05 AM
Love the way the candles have been done Steve. Very well Done
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on February 01, 2016, 06:07:39 PM
Thank you, Win.
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on February 05, 2016, 08:26:23 AM
Well, here's my squirrel. I named it for my wife, as when I showed it to her she frowned  :thumbdown: because she doesn't like them as they keep digging things up in her garden. I'm sure she will live the horse better.  O0



Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 05, 2016, 08:33:31 AM
Steve,

Good job for finishing this one.  I just couldn't get mine to look squirrely enough.

Two things on this one that jump out at me - the eye looks a bit too big and the pencil line around the legs looks too obvious.  Just use gradual shading to mark the edge of the leg so the line disappears.

You are really doing so wonderfully with the course.

aloha

mea

Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on February 05, 2016, 12:16:03 PM
Thanks for your input, Mea. It's appreciated.

Yeah, I also thought the eye was a little too large. But then I thought I'd leave it alone and mark it down as a rookie mistake.

I see what you mean about the too well defined lines. I'm going to file that away for my next project.

Steve W
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Danielle123 on February 05, 2016, 01:21:29 PM
Great job on the squirell Steve  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Kathysutterlin on February 05, 2016, 03:42:43 PM
I love your squirrel Steve! Thank you for sharing.  The detail of his fur and the gleam in his eye are really nice. I can't wait until I get to the lesson myself! I'm working on berries right now.
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on February 05, 2016, 06:41:34 PM
Thanks Danielle and Kathy.

Kathy, you should have a fun time with the berries. Can't wait to see your finished drawing.
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Win on February 06, 2016, 06:16:17 AM
 :) Lovely Drawing of the squirrel Steve
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on February 06, 2016, 03:17:56 PM
 :thankyou: Win!
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: nolan on February 09, 2016, 01:21:36 PM
Great job Steve :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
good flicks

just soften the hard line on the leg in the area where it meets the body O0 otherwise it looks like he has a plug in leg ;D
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on February 11, 2016, 07:27:24 AM
And here's my horse.

This was a lot of fun. Took me a while to get it the way I wanted. I don't like the dark shadow down the left side of the image. It's an artifact from scanning as my paper is larger than my scanner can handle. Maybe I'll see what I can do to photo edit it out.

As always, comments and criticisms welcome.


Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Kathysutterlin on February 11, 2016, 03:51:53 PM
Steve! Your horse is stunning!  :congrats: :
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: JayJ on February 11, 2016, 10:03:40 PM
Nice drawing Steve!
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on February 12, 2016, 05:37:04 AM
Thanks, Kathy and Jay. I really enjoyed this exercise.
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: jillh on February 12, 2016, 07:42:15 AM
Excellent Steve!  Well breed, for sure!!   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on February 12, 2016, 08:00:45 AM
:thankyou: Jill.

On a side note, I finally got off my duff and found a photo to replace my Popeye avatar. This is me about 10 years ago when my wife and I took a trip out to Letchworth State Park (near Rochester, NY). I have a bit  ;)  more gray now.
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: nolan on February 14, 2016, 11:49:59 AM
Fantastic drawing Steve :congrats:

and it's wonderful to put a face to the name :deal: :wave:

PS - it's not grey, it's highlights :whistle:
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on February 14, 2016, 02:27:27 PM
Thanks, Nolan.

I stand corrected. From now on I'll say I have a head full of "highlights"! :2funny:
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Val on February 15, 2016, 04:32:46 AM
I refer to it as 'Caribbean Blonde' !  ::) ... and I have lots!  :eek:    :2funny:   
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on February 15, 2016, 05:21:30 AM
He hee! :2funny:
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Ribezla on February 15, 2016, 08:10:48 AM
Beautiful horse.  :clap:
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: nolan on February 15, 2016, 11:55:32 AM
my hair is well highlighted too :whistle:
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on February 15, 2016, 06:14:33 PM
Thanks, Sarlota.

Nolan, I'm glad I'm not the only Silver Fox! :)
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Happychappy on February 16, 2016, 05:16:26 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Great drawing of the horse Steve. I love viewing your work for it is all so well done.


Patricia
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: nolan on February 16, 2016, 12:22:48 PM
Dennis's hair went so white at the top that it's actually transparent now :whistle:
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on February 16, 2016, 04:11:42 PM
Patricia, :thankyou: again. Your encouragement is appreciated.
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on February 16, 2016, 04:13:29 PM
Nolan, that must make it very difficult to do a portrait of him. ;)
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Val on February 16, 2016, 11:56:08 PM
Dennis's hair went so white at the top that it's actually transparent now :whistle:

 :think: Gee....I wonder who caused that?     :pullhair:          :whistle:        :2funny:
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on February 19, 2016, 03:07:13 PM
Finally :clap: I've finished my still life. Took a while. Sometimes life interferes with my drawing. Now I can kick back a bit. :coffee:

This is my tribute to Spring. Spring Training for Major League Baseball began this week and this still life was done from a Mr. Met bobblehead I own. Mr. Met is the mascot of the New York Mets. I hope you like it.

I need some advice on the backgrounds. I'm always a bit unsure on how it should look. Any ideas?

Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Kathysutterlin on February 19, 2016, 03:16:24 PM
Steve! That is awesome!!!  :clap:   O0. I love your character and the shadowing. Which lesson are you on? How did you pick your subject. Very impressed.  :clap:
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 19, 2016, 05:47:53 PM
Steve,

I love Mr. Met Bobblehead.  So delightful to look at even though I am a Red Sox fan.

Maybe the background could have been darker.  Personally, I hate to do backgrounds.

Be proud of this still life.  Oh, can it be called a "still" life if it bobbles??

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: EmmaLee on February 19, 2016, 08:28:18 PM
Steve,
This looks great. Wonderful shadings! 

Mea,
You made me laugh with your bobble head comment! 
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on February 20, 2016, 05:41:37 AM
 :thankyou:, everyone, for your encouragement.

Mea, your bobblehead comment gave me my best laugh all week! :2funny: I like the Red Sox also. They're a good team. Also, because liking them drives Yankee fans nuts. I love your drawing of the mule. I like the use of the colored pencil for the bridle. Wonderful. :clap: :clap: :clap:

Kathy, the still life spans lesson 23 and 24. The idea to use Mr. Met just popped into my head. I was considering what to draw and I glanced at the shelf where I keep my baseball stuff and voilĂ . :idea:

Mea, I almost forgot to mention that I agree with your comment about the background being too light. I was experimenting and wanted to do a crosshatch/pattern background, so I went lighter. All in the learning process, I guess. Maybe later I'll pull this one out and change it.





 



Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Happychappy on February 20, 2016, 12:27:41 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Excellent drawing Steve. As for backgrounds, I have been "background challenged" since I can remember.  However, the more experienced artists will chime in with their suggestions.


Patricia
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Danielle123 on February 20, 2016, 04:53:16 PM
Steve this  is a very nice and whimsical drawing, love it.   :clap: :clap: :clap:  For the background, just try to make it even by doing more horizontal and vertical lines until it is even.  Do not press hard.
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on February 21, 2016, 08:59:46 PM
Thanks, Patricia. I think I will get better at backgrounds,. Right now I am a bit clueless.

Thank you for your advice, Danielle. I'll have to pull out that drawing and try your suggestion.
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: BarryC on February 22, 2016, 05:38:46 AM
Great drawing Steve. I see only two  things that would make it better.

More shadow behind the ball,

Change the wording to Red Sox, ( I'm with Mea on this one). I mean, they have a whole nation!
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on February 22, 2016, 10:39:25 AM
Thanks, Barry.

Who is your all-time favorite Red Sox? Mine is Bill Buckner. ;)

Seriously, I like the Red Sox, especially when they beat the Yankees. But I'm a lifelong National League fan. I guess I got it from my father. He used to be a Brooklyn Dodgers fan until they broke his heart by moving to L.A. We both became Mets fans when the club formed.
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 22, 2016, 12:24:49 PM
Steve,

My favorite is probably Carl Yazrtremski.  My son was born on the day he made some great play and my doc was late getting to the hospital because he did not want to leave the game.

But, other than when there is a Hawaii player on the team (yeah, Shane Victorino too bad he's not there any longer), I am not really interested.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: nolan on February 23, 2016, 01:28:17 PM
awesome drawing Steve :heeha: :congrats:
you can add some more contrasts to each ball as well which will make them look even more round O0
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: JayJ on February 23, 2016, 02:37:33 PM
Love your still life Steve!
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on February 23, 2016, 06:07:29 PM
Thanks Jay and Nolan.

I'll try giving the balls more contrast. The reference photo I took had very subtle contrast. I suppose I should have used my artist's license to punch it up a bit.
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on February 26, 2016, 10:25:26 AM
Here's the results of the half-filled water glass exercise.

One thing I learned is to not use smooth paper with graphite. The shading doesn't work out as well as with paper that has more tooth. Oh, well.

Also, l couldn't get the oval of the base the way I wanted. Don't know why. Maybe I just need a lot more practice.




Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 26, 2016, 10:35:53 AM
Steve,

Wow, what a great job on all the reflections in the glass.  Hmmm.. a lipstick smudge might be the only thing it lacks.

As for the oval shape, another PB-er suggested:  Draw one side of the oval, then turn the paper upside down to do the other side.  I tried that recently and it seemed to help get both sides look more identical.

I am so delighted to see your enthusiasm for drawing.


aloha

mea   (I would have moved the glass to a blank wall - I'm lazy!)
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Post by: cope99 on February 26, 2016, 10:44:22 AM
That looks amazing!  Inspiring!
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Kathysutterlin on February 26, 2016, 10:52:38 AM
 :congrats: Oh Wow! I love that water glass. It looks so, well, glass like!  :yippee: Once again, I'm impressed with your drawing Steve.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Happychappy on February 26, 2016, 11:15:28 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  My word, Steve, that glass is just phenomenal.  You are really excelling in the drawing course and it is so delightful to see.    Patricia
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on February 26, 2016, 04:00:50 PM
 :thankyou: everyone. I sure am having fun with these lessons and it helps to have so many encouraging people comment...both good and bad (comments, that is). :)

I saw a video where the artist uses a white charcoal pencil to make the highlights really pop. Is that kosher to do in the course; or doesn't it matter? I assume that would make the drawing mixed media. Am I right?

Mea, thanks for the tip and the quip. Very funny! Even though I didn't put any lipstick on the glass, did you notice the water bottle? I was going to re-shoot the sample photo, but I liked the way the curvature of the bottle played with the light coming through the window.
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: BarryC on February 26, 2016, 04:51:01 PM
Great job Steve, very impressive!!
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Val on February 26, 2016, 05:59:56 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Ribezla on February 27, 2016, 03:00:31 AM
Steve, the glass is impressive. I like the fact, that there's so much to see in the reflection.
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on February 27, 2016, 06:55:41 AM
Danke
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: jillh on February 27, 2016, 07:14:18 AM
I echo what everyone has said. :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on February 28, 2016, 06:09:31 AM
Thank you, Jill.
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Danielle123 on February 28, 2016, 03:21:14 PM
Excellent Steve, the form is perfect and I like all those highlight. I did notice one little thing, it is the water it should not be straight it rounds on the edges of the glass.  :yippee:
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on February 28, 2016, 06:15:37 PM
Hi Danielle.

I'm not sure I follow you. Are you talking about the surface of the water? If so, it looks more or less like a straight line because my eye level was near the surface of the water. If that's the case, should I have composed it at a different level? If that's not it, please let me know. Criticisms are more than welcome. :)
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Danielle123 on February 29, 2016, 05:19:52 AM
So sorry Steve my mistake  :knuppel2:  i just put water in a glass to see and it shows a very thin oval ring and I think you did put it.    :blush:    :yippee:
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 29, 2016, 08:28:37 AM
I'll go check and see if it does the same with wine!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on February 29, 2016, 10:38:05 AM
Thanks, Danielle. Maybe the next time I do a still life like this, I'll change the perspective. I also just noticed that I should modify the rim of the glass. Since it is from a low perspective, the front of the rim is higher than the back. I think I need to lighten up the back of the rim so the front stands out more. Hopefully, that will reduce the optical illusion.

:2funny:, Mea.  My wife just told me it does look the same with wine!
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 29, 2016, 10:53:56 AM
Steve,

Did she try both red and white wine? Might make a difference!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Happychappy on February 29, 2016, 01:33:08 PM
Steve, I have been looking all over for your wheelbarrow and I can't find it.  You probably didn't post it to the "Let's Draw" spot so none of us can comment.  Having said that, just viewing it in the gallery looks pretty good. 


Patricia
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on February 29, 2016, 04:29:09 PM
Hmmm, I wonder what happened. Maybe I hit the preview button instead of the post button. Anyway, thank's for pointing it out, Patricia. :thankyou:

As I said in my missing post, I tried to keep to the spirit of the lesson (freehand; using the pencil to measure, etc.) as the weather up here in the Northeast is not really conducive to painting in the garden.

Mea, my wife says she'll check to see if it looks the same with a Chardonnay after she finishes the red. :)







Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: BarryC on February 29, 2016, 04:33:29 PM
Very nice Steve, and freehand !!!!
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Kathysutterlin on February 29, 2016, 04:55:35 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Wow, you did that free hand? Nice!!!  O0 I always look forward to your new work.   :yippee:
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 29, 2016, 09:41:51 PM
Steve,

The wheelbarrow drawing is lovely. Nice composition.

Tell your wife that we need to go for the best 2 out of 3.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Val on March 01, 2016, 04:36:04 AM
 Looks sperty good from here. I'll just go back to the red one  :drunk: to make shoe-er.   :drink2drop:
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Danielle123 on March 01, 2016, 05:08:26 AM
Look great Steve, it is alway such a great fealing to do free hand. You are quite the artiste.  :clap: :clap: :clap:

 :2funny: you ladies  :drink2drop:  :painting: :hug:
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on March 01, 2016, 06:11:38 AM
Thanks, all. Yes, it is a great feeling to do it freehand. Especially when I thought l would never be able to do it. But, to paraphrase Nolan, I did a lot of "measure, draw, correct, repeat" before I got it right. Also, to me, it seemed much easier to do on the smallish drawing I did. This one is only about 4 x 6 inches.
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: nolan on March 01, 2016, 12:35:11 PM
you certainly are acing this course Steve, two beautiful drawings :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
Just add a suggestion of a shadow cast by the wine glass to anchor it to the ground O0
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on March 02, 2016, 05:29:46 AM
:thankyou: Nolan. I'm adding this to my to-do list. But first I need to finish the course.

Another thing I want to do is work on the rim of the glass to see if I can reduce the optical illusion as to which plane of the glass is really in front. I thought maybe I should lighten up the far rim as well as making the reflections on the near rim more prominent. What do you think.
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: nolan on March 09, 2016, 12:09:57 PM
what I usually do is make the highlights on the front rim brighter than the back one. Bright colours appear closer than darker colours O0
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on March 18, 2016, 08:13:43 AM
Here's my tree.

Just a couple of notes. I did this with an HB and 2B pencil. This tree is from a photo I took of one of the trees at the back edge of our property. Right now things are pretty grim. The skies are gray and the trees are just starting to get the buds that will turn into beautiful leaves next month. I tried to suggest clouds in the background. Meh! Next time maybe I can do better.  Also, there are more trees in the photo than this. I wanted to isolate just the one tree. So, the cast shadow toward the bottom is from another tree. Maybe I should have left it out? Also, the limbs on the right are totally dark because they are in shadow and also have cast shadows on them.

Please let me know what you think.  :)



Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Kathysutterlin on March 18, 2016, 08:29:22 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Steve, I think your tree is fabulous! I love the grain and texture in the trunk. Your shading gives a lot of depth.  The new growth and buds are very well done. It totally shows the beginnings of Spring.  This is a drawing you can be proud of!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: DeKay on March 18, 2016, 08:45:44 AM
Steve this is so nice, you are really getting there. I was looking at the drawing before reading your entire post and was wondering about the shadows, I thought I was missing something  ;D
Best,
DeKay
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: mea hamo pena on March 18, 2016, 09:28:46 AM
Steve,

Really great tree bark.

I feel so sorry for trees in winter, but you have given this one promise of spring.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: jillh on March 18, 2016, 11:20:03 AM
Awesome tree Steve.  Lovely detail.
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Danielle123 on March 18, 2016, 11:52:15 AM
RGreat tree drawing Steve,   love the tecture and highlight :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Happychappy on March 18, 2016, 01:57:53 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Oh! My word Steve, your tree is absolutely gorgeous, just so well drawn. The bark and the shadows are excellently done. 


Patricia
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: JayJ on March 18, 2016, 08:30:38 PM
Amazing drawings Steve!
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Ribezla on March 18, 2016, 11:01:53 PM
 :clap: The tree looks very good. Especially the texture on the stem.
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Val on March 19, 2016, 03:08:56 PM
 :heeha: Super excellent tree Steve!  O0     :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on March 20, 2016, 04:51:20 AM
Thanks, all!
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: nolan on March 20, 2016, 08:24:34 PM
great tree Steve :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

You can make the darkest darks even darker now by using a 6B or 8B for that final depth O0
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on March 22, 2016, 11:07:28 AM
:thankyou: Nolan.

I experimented with the 8B pencil and it did give things more depth. I'll post it along with my landscape tomorrow or Thursday.
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on March 23, 2016, 10:52:45 AM
Here's my tree using an 8B to darken the shadows a bit. It does seem to give it a bit more pop.


Before:



After:


Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on March 23, 2016, 11:04:15 AM
Here's the landscape class assignment. I used what Nolan provided since things in this area still look very bleak.

I'm not really happy with this, but I'm posting it anyway as I won't be able to improve it until I get more experience.
The foliage isn't what I hoped for. And, at one point I was happy with the bark on the trees, but I kept working on it until I was no longer happy. Some times you just need to put the pencil down.

Criticisms, please.


Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Happychappy on March 23, 2016, 11:19:11 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Steve, both your darkening of the tree and your landscape drawing are very well done.  Your foliage on the trees are excellent and the more you draw, the more experienced you will become. You are progressing in leaps and bounds.    Patricia
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: mea hamo pena on March 23, 2016, 03:06:54 PM
Steve,

I hear your pain on trying to do trees.  I think your BEFORE grain on the tree was better than the AFTER version.  Had more texture.

Keep at it.  It's amazing how fast the skill level rises when you can assess a picture that you are disappointed with and know what NOT to do the next time.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Danielle123 on March 23, 2016, 03:11:42 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Steve those trees are beautifull,  and on your landscape I think ou need some tonal value.   :blush:
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Kathysutterlin on March 23, 2016, 03:30:42 PM
Hi Steve,

 :clap: I love the contrast using the 8B pencil. It really gives a nice enhancement to an already great tree.  :yippee:

I think the leaves on your landscape trees look great! I like the texture in on the tree trunks. The one on the left looks a bit outlined. As I am also a newbie, I don't know what the solution would be. Maybe soften the left edge a bit? I like the proportions of your drawing. It is nicely done. I think it only needs gentle tweaks. Some more contrast in the shading in the grassy area?

 You do top notch work. I am sure you will have no problem coming back to this drawing and making it superb!  O0
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: DeKay on March 23, 2016, 04:01:09 PM
Steve,
Your landscape is very nice, good "darks" which is something I struggle with. When I get to this lesson I'll have to try a darker pencil too. Your trees are realistic, were there any cast shadows in the sample? I have looked back at your earlier work and you are really making progress! EXCELLENT.
Deb K (DeKay)
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on March 23, 2016, 05:05:31 PM
:thankyou: everyone.

DeKay, no there weren't any cast shadows in the sample drawing in the lesson.

Kathy, I agree the tree looks outlined. I know what the fix is.... don't overdraw. The trunks looked real nice to me at one point, but then I thought,  "Maybe a little more here. Maybe a little more there." I should have stopped when I was 95% satisfied.

You know, Mea, you have a point. There was more texture in the original. Nolan had suggested that I darken the darks. Maybe I'll play around with this wine and see if I can keep the dark but add back in the textures.
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Val on March 23, 2016, 05:29:40 PM
What I am seeing is the edge of the dark shading needs to be softened/blended into the tree. Just need to lose that hard edge. That will give it more rounding.

Doing very well Steve.  O0 Keep drawing!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: mea hamo pena on March 23, 2016, 09:31:05 PM
STEVE WROTE: Maybe I'll play around with this wine and see if I can keep the dark but add back in the textures.

No wonder you are having trouble with your darks, Steve.  Stay away from the wine.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on March 24, 2016, 11:41:27 AM
:clap: Good catch, Mea!

I guess I didn't proofread this post. :doh:

I can't figure out what I was trying to say. Just a Freudian slip....I guess. ;)
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on March 28, 2016, 07:42:55 AM
Well, here's the final drawing for the pencil course. I'm sorry the class is ending as I will miss you all.  :'( :'(

Just kidding! I plan to continue learning here at Paint Basket. I plan on doing some of the other drawing classes as well as trying my hand at acrylics. The only question l have right now is where do I post future drawings ....in the encourage folder or the other one?

I just want to thank Nolan for the great way he taught the course. His style is very warm and encouraging. I've learned a lot and still have a lot more to learn.




Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: mea hamo pena on March 28, 2016, 08:37:51 AM
Nice work on the fuschia drawing, Steve.

You must feel good having accomplished so many drawings.

Yes, for work in anything else, it'll get posted under the "Encourager" section if it's your art work or under the  designated topic if it's a lesson.

Look forward to seeing what you do next.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Kathysutterlin on March 28, 2016, 08:56:07 AM
 :clap: :clap: Beautiful drawing Steve! You did it! A Let's Draw Graduate  :smart:
No more threats about leaving PB  :knuppel2: Not allowed!  >:(  :2funny:
Seriously, I do know what you mean about being sorry the class is finished. I am almost done too and a little sad. :'(

I'm glad we have so many other classes to choose from!  :yippee:
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: nolan on March 28, 2016, 04:15:43 PM
looking great Steve, especially your tree study and the flowers :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

I instantly recognised Shakespear park so there is nothing wrong with your version :clap: :clap: :clap:

You are now perfectly set up to continue your pencil drawing journey and it won't take you long to be drawing like a master, so keep at it

 :gl: - this is just the beginning...
 
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on March 28, 2016, 06:36:12 PM
:thankyou:, Nolan. I've had fun with the class and am looking forward to learning new techniques and improving my skills.

Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: DeKay on March 30, 2016, 03:08:07 PM
Steve,
You really have accomplished so much! Your last drawing is so very nice I love fuschias. I chose a lily for my flower so I may have to do two drawings LOL. I am also working on what will be my final drawings for the Let's Draw Course and I feel much the same way, what will I do?

Here is what I am up to, just some ideas for you. I have joined the sister site onlineartlessons.com and have been watching some Acrylic classes also by Nolan so you know they are great, I have actually painted a color wheel in Acrylics and it was fun and a REAL colorful experience. I am also just completing Dennis' composition course so much information and it really has me thinking and looking at all kinds of art and nature with an eye for composition, so important. My plan is to continue to focus on drawing for at least another course I'm looking at "Drawing Animals" I plan to take it on the other site and hopefully get some feedback on the PB forum I hope that's acceptable. I am also hoping to post my drawings and other artwork for critique and am wondering where I can do that I hope some of the elders will let us know about my last two questions.

 :clap: I will continue to follow you I feel like the few of us that began about the same time are true classmates now.
Best,
Deb - DeKay
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on March 30, 2016, 04:32:55 PM
Hi, Deb!

Thanks for the compliment. It's appreciated.

Now that I finished the basic course, I plan to stick with the graphite as well as trying acrylics. The last couple of days I've been working on the old stone church that was in our beginners class. It wasn't an assignment to complete, just to resize it using the calculation method. Anyway, the acrylics have been calling my name, so I put aside the drawing and grabbed the paints.

I'm trying to do the introductory strawberry painting, but I'm having a problem with water..... to much in my stay wet palette and a mister that doesn't spray a mist fine enough. Also, my color mixing needs practice. All rookie mistake, I guess. Tomorrow I buy a better mister.

Mea says that our original drawings should go in thru Encourage folder. Drawings done for classes should go in the other folder. Technically, I guess we shouldn't be talking about acrylics here, but I won't tell if you don't.  ;)

I think I'll join the online arts lessons later this year. I just found out about this, but too late. A few days ago I signed up for the acrylics classes and some other drawing classes. So, I'll wait to finish these so I don't waste money.

Well, classmate, I'll be following you, too, as we improve our art skills. Take care.

Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Val on March 31, 2016, 03:31:53 AM
Deb, yes you can post your classes on both Online Art (if a member) and here on PB for comment.

A very friendly place you can post for encouragement and comment is Orange Art (  http://orangearts.ning.com/ (http://orangearts.ning.com/) ). I have known some of the members there for years. Very helpful, great group. I haven't been on there much in quite a while, but will be posting again once I get drawing and painting again. Check it out!
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Annie. on March 31, 2016, 05:22:49 AM
Good job completing the intro course!  Now off you go painting  :painting:  but don't forget to keep developing your drawing skills  O0
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on March 31, 2016, 09:03:38 AM
Thanks, Annie. Don't worry, I'll still draw. I love it. I'm just branching to painting so Incan do something with color.
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Happychappy on March 31, 2016, 02:05:14 PM
Congratulations Steve on finishing the course and doing so very well.  I too, have been waiting to get into acrylics for the longest time and have now got all my paraphernalia so will start very soon.    Patricia
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on April 01, 2016, 04:00:26 PM
Thanks, Patricia.

I'm looking forward to the acrylics. Only problem is, I'm having a devil of a tine finding a good water sprayer. So I ordered the Atelier one from Dick Black. Their prices are pretty good. I should have it Saturday. I'n the meantime, I'm still drawing.
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Danielle123 on April 02, 2016, 04:36:25 AM
An other lovely drawing Steve.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on April 04, 2016, 05:20:18 AM
 :thankyou: Danielle.
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: cope99 on April 13, 2016, 09:12:17 AM
Congrats on completing the course!  It does make a bit sad to see a few familiar faces leaving to go on to do bigger and better things.  You are a true artist, thank you for your past support and very helpful advice!
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on April 13, 2016, 04:40:17 PM
Thanks, Chris.

I'm still here, but having some problems finding time... now that it's Spring, lots of outdoor work to do.

I'm working on completing the stone church from the lesson on resizing using the calculation method. We weren't required to actually draw the building, but I thought it would be a good challenge.
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on April 16, 2016, 09:01:24 AM
I really wasn't sure where this one should be posted. It's not original and not from a class outside of the pencil drawing course. However, the picture was part of the pencil drawing course, but we weren't required to draw it. So I'm making this the last addition to this topic.

Please let me know what you think.


Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Ribezla on April 16, 2016, 10:07:28 AM
It's beautiful. I haven't senn the original photo, but I feel a lazy sunny summer day (maybe midday according to shadows) when I see your drawing.  :clap:
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Kathysutterlin on April 16, 2016, 12:22:56 PM
 :D Oh wow, Steve. This is absolutely amazing. I am impressed with the detail and how perfect the perspective is.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on April 16, 2016, 02:05:31 PM
:thankyou: Sarlota and Kathy!

Sarlota, yes, the picture looks like it was taken just before or after noontime. And it was a bright, sunny day with just a few clouds. I was worried if I would capture that.

Kathy, hee-hee, the photo was a pretty good example of two point perspective! This took a lot of time getting the stones shaded. And I struggled with the trees. They're some kind of South African tree that is a lot different from what we have in New York.

Well, now this is done, time to sit back tonight with a couple of Heinekens. :beer: Tomorrow I need to start my acrylic lessons.
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Happychappy on April 16, 2016, 04:38:28 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Wow, Steve, your drawing is SPECTACULAR!!  You have done a wonderful job.   Patricia
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on April 17, 2016, 04:52:22 AM
Thank you very much, Patricia.
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: jillh on April 17, 2016, 05:20:29 AM
Outstanding Steve!  This was not an easy drawing to do.
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on April 17, 2016, 11:16:37 AM
 :thankyou: Jill.

You're right. This wasn't easy as it took a lot of time to shade the stones. Also, was my first attempt at clouds. I thought they came out reasonably well for a beginner.
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Win on April 17, 2016, 11:22:38 AM
Steve you have done a sterling job on this drawing  :clap:  Well done for attempting it I didnt have the courage  :)
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on April 17, 2016, 11:39:44 AM
 :thankyou: Win.
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: NHC50 on April 17, 2016, 11:47:44 AM
Nice job Steve.  O0

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: nolan on April 18, 2016, 12:54:02 AM
wow :congrats:
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on April 18, 2016, 04:30:59 AM
Thank you, Nina and Nolan.
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: C.Bodine on April 18, 2016, 04:32:58 AM
Steve, you did a fantastic job on this drawing! It is a lovely piece of art!
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on April 18, 2016, 08:53:59 AM
Thank you very much, Christina.
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Fiona on April 18, 2016, 12:10:53 PM
WOW Steve, just WOW!!   :clap: :clap: :clap:

Cheers
Fi
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on April 18, 2016, 03:50:53 PM
Thanks for thru encouragement, Fiona. :) It's appreciated.
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Val on April 26, 2016, 02:11:52 PM
 :heeha: You've captured the feel of a lovely old stone church. Brilliant finale to an exciting journey....but this is only the beginning!  ;) :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on April 27, 2016, 04:03:17 AM
Thank you, Val. I had fun with this one even though it took a while to do.
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Danielle123 on April 28, 2016, 07:45:51 AM
Wow Steve this is excellent.   It jump right in my face, how well it is done  :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
Title: Re: Steve W's Lets Draw course
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on April 28, 2016, 04:29:44 PM
Thanks, Danielle.