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Reply #30 on: August 02, 2017, 03:16:58 PM
Thanks, Rebecca.  I am really excited about this purchase.  I am getting the 36-pack of pastel pencils.  I can always supplement more vibrant colors if I really enjoy using them.

I told my senior art class about them and said I would bring them so they could try them, If we like them, I will order some for our class (I now have a modest budget for supplies).

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Reply #31 on: September 11, 2017, 11:09:26 PM
I've had a tough time recently, with a very busy schedule, but I will try to take 1-2 h for drawing almost every day. I've completed this peacock head exercise recently, adapted from one of Colin Bradley's tutorials. This time I've used pastel pencils (FC Pitt, Cretacolor), as well as soft pastels for the background. I've also found the Sanskrit name of the bird/ Mayura, which I've decided to add.
As usual, constructive criticism and advice are appreciated.  :thankyou: :painting:


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Reply #32 on: September 11, 2017, 11:12:46 PM
So nice to see your work again, RebecaM.  The blue is beautiful.  Nice eye.

 Love that you added the Sanskrit name.

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Reply #33 on: September 12, 2017, 07:34:35 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Rebeca, your peacock head is beautiful and I too, love the eye which you have done so well.   Patricia
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Reply #34 on: September 13, 2017, 01:03:54 AM
Very nicely done Rebecca.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Reply #35 on: October 04, 2017, 10:21:49 PM
Thank you Mea, Patricia, Val!
This time I decided to do an owl, as I love these birds. I found a pastel pencils tutorial which I've followed and adapted. Grey and ivory tones were used as an underpainting (for the ivory I've used a soft pastel stick for quicker results and saving the pencils).
I've had a real struggle with the eyes, at first the bird having a scared, lost gaze. I've tried to create a more focused look, like something in the distance caught her attention - well, I hope I've achieved that. If you have any advice regarding this it would be greatly appreciated.
As always, the beautiful purple hue of the paper was altered when taking the photo. I've tried to modify that in Photoshop, but it would affect the rest of the drawing, so I've left it like that.
The actual color of the paper is something close to this
As usual, thanks for looking and please let me know what you think :)


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Reply #36 on: October 05, 2017, 06:30:02 AM
Oooooh! He looks like fun! The only thing I can see that might need a touch up is in his left eye in the iris below the pupil. I think it is a highlight but looks like a band going up around his eye. I think if you soften most of that away it will be good.  O0

Great work on the fur and feathers!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Reply #37 on: October 06, 2017, 03:46:28 AM
Thank you for your suggestion Val, I believe you are right. I've softened that highlight adding a bit of yellow.
This time I've photographed it in natural light, so I've got a bit closer to the actual color of the background.


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Reply #38 on: October 06, 2017, 06:55:11 AM
Better I think. This photo is much better, I can see some reddish browns around his face. Whenever I see one of these owls and his tufts are sticking out to the sides I always think of Einstein!  :heeha:

I think if I have a go at one like this I'll have to call him Einstein!  :2funny:

Lovely rendition Rebeca, well done.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Reply #39 on: October 12, 2017, 09:45:29 PM
Beautiful painting. He/she certainly doesn't look scared or lost now. :clap:


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Reply #40 on: October 20, 2017, 03:52:25 AM
 :thankyou: Val, Linley, glad you like it.
Val, yes, I've used some dark red for the background.
Hahah, I like the Einstein one, didn't think about it until now  ;D Well, the owl is a symbol of wisdom, so that would fit :)


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Reply #41 on: December 14, 2017, 01:16:34 AM
Hello everyone,
Long time I haven't visited PB. I've had quite a hard time recently, with some misfortunes happening, but with time I will overcome them.
Here is what I've been working at recently, lady cat on the pillow, focused on something in the distance that caught her attention. I've imagined that she's looking at a moth flying near a window and she's planning to jump and catch it.
Done this with pastel pencils, after a tutorial. However, I wanted to take some liberties- the lesson was done on gray paper, but I wanted to use this aubergine tented Canson mi-teintes paper, thought it would create an interesting contrast with the eyes. I've also added some light flesh/grey underpaintings. The pillow was ivory in the tutorial, I've added some hues of blue/dark red. And finally some subtle shades of dark red/purple in the background.
I'm enjoying pastels more with every drawing. I plan to buy some soft pastels sticks soon and try Steps in Tuscany lesson  :)
As always, I appreciate everyone who will read this and I will be grateful for any constructive criticism/advice that will help me improve as an artist.
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Reply #42 on: December 14, 2017, 02:21:45 AM
Glad you've returned Rebecca M. I love your cat. Your work is lovely and it's a pleasure to see it on the forum. Sorry I can't offer any  useful criticism. it just looks fantastic to me. I hope your trials and tribulations are behind you now. :flowers:


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Reply #43 on: December 14, 2017, 06:25:50 AM
 :heeha:   Beautifully rendered Rebeca  :clap: :clap: :clap:   Fabulous job on the fur, and those eyes!  :smitten: Banner!

I was thinking a while back that I should give the pencils another go. I did a free lesson or two a number of years back with Colin Bradley. Since you enjoy using pastel pencils so much I think you would really enjoy him. Perhaps I'll check out his site again... maybe later, I'm really enjoying my soft pastels so much.  :yippee:
Cheers, Val

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Reply #44 on: December 14, 2017, 08:21:36 AM
RebecaM

So wonderful to see you back.  Hope your troubles are behind you now.

Your artwork has always been top notch and this cat is no exception.

Every aspect of it seems perfectly done.  Excellent composition, beautiful blending, and incredible realism.

Masterful!!!

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