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Abbietaya

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I enrolled into an art class march2016, i asked prior to enrolling whether i would be able to have help learning realistic drawing and was told of cause. Unfortunately, the artist who was teaching glazed over when i mentioned realistic drawing, he told me i should stick to drawing cartoons. I 'm afraid i was hurt by this comment, but not as angry as the administrator of the class, she was most upset. If it wasn't for her encouragement i would have given up,there and then i was so upset the course cost £380 which i really couldn't aford to lose.  Nadia, the adminstrator encouraged me to teach myself and allowed me to send pics to her for critique which helped me immensely. Needless to say i never continued the classes however, they rang and called me back claiming they owed me a lesson(they actually owed me more) i was very suspicious, and it proved rightly so, i was made sit right under the artists nose, where he kept looking at me and watching what i was doing. He gave me the photo of the collie dog to draw and a tin of pastels which contain only a very small piece of dirty white pastel and a black pastel. I search in my art bag and luckily i found a pack of 6 Derwent Tinted charcoal in my art bag which i  happen to buy a week or so earlier. Which enabled me to draw this picture. It was blatantly clear to me that he didn't believe how much  i had improved on my own and had made it so obvious that he wanted me there to see for himself, he also really i feel set me up to fail! I think i proved myself pretty well given the stress he place on me and the very poor materials he gave me.  Needless to say he is not on my christmas cards list lol. Please this was my first ever pastel drawing and because of the materials i had the tooth of the paper isn't fully filled in. Any hints or tips would be grafully received.

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Steve Weatherwax

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I'm sorry to hear about you bad experience, especially since none of us are any good when we start. It all boils down to desire and experience. As Nolan and Dennis will both tell you, "practice, practice, practice."

The people here are very friendly and want to see you succeed. Their criticisms are well intended. My suggestion would be for you to enroll in the pencil course. Nolan will teach you a lot and all that you will learn will transfer over to whatever medium you use.

I don't know a lot about pastels, but you dog's face looks a little flat in the dark areas. Try to vary the tone to give it more rounding.

Have a great day.
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Abbietaya

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Hi, thank you for your reply;
As i said above i was very much set up for a fall and given the materials he gave me to use  a very small dirty white and  a piece of black pastel  and the 6 pencils i happen to have in my art bag the picture was the best i could do , i would of liked to add some blue and greys to lift the fur but these colours weren't available to me. Also  bear in mind this was back in April last year when i was first starting.

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Abbietaya,

So sad to hear that an art teacher would treat a student that way.

Your collie looks really good, given the circumstances.  Steve's suggestion is a good one about the dog's face.

I wholeheartedly agree that the Let's Draw Course is fantastic for quickly acquiring skills, but, yes, the secret really is practicing what you learn, even if it's only a few minutes a day.

We are here to support each other. 

aloha

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Abbietaya

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Thank you
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Abbie, I am so sad to hear how badly you were treated ... enough to put one off for life but so glad you didn't crumble after being set up to fail.  Your tenacity prevailed and will carry you through to success in anything you put your hand to.  With regard to your pastel painting, you really did a great job under the circumstances. Having said that, I would agree with Steve and Mea about the "Let's Draw Course" which is where most of us started and which is a good strong foundation which will stand you in good stead for all your future art endeavours.  You have certainly come to the right place to learn and as Mea said, we are all here to support you. 


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Some people are just not meant to teach. Showing superiority is not achieved by belittling/cutting someone else down. You will find none of that here.

Considering the 'tools' he supplied you with, you've done very well.  O0 The nose is excellent, and the snout looks great. They eyes seem a little uneven, but the fur makes it look as though this fellow is out having a great run! A little work with shading to achieve more contour on the face and voila! A great piece.  :clap: :clap: :clap:

Fully agree the Let's Draw will teach you all the basics and give you the tools to progress quickly.
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Abbietaya--I am so sad and a bit furious that you were treated so dismissively!!!  Drawing Must be taught as none of us can just do it naturally.  I have been so lucky to find excellent teachers and none of them have expected us to do it on our own, and the best of  them always find one thing that is right and beautiful in the drawing, to encourage more success.  As teaching should do!  I concur that you will find a warm and helpful group here and wonderful teachers in Nolan and Dennis. 


 

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