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Reply #15 on: January 02, 2012, 01:30:26 AM
Well done Val...  :clap: truly looking great. O0
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Reply #16 on: January 02, 2012, 01:38:33 AM
Thanks so much Kelley.
Do I remember my 'drunken' lion?  :2funny:  He took me forever!  I do enjoy working freehand, I think I might try taking a photo at the next site, but still do a freehand so I can capture a sense for the feeling for whatever it was I was drawing at the time.
You've hit on it again, you're so observant Kelley, (  :nana: ) I do need to darken it down. I still have to work on beating that fear I have of going in darker, even though I know it will bring out the detail and give it so much more depth. Can't get anything by you can I?  ;D
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Reply #17 on: January 03, 2012, 09:32:07 AM
Give it a go with another 'quick' sketch of a bush or something.  I'm sure you will like how the contrasting shadows makes things pop out more.  You are doing a remarkable job freehand Val.   :yippee:
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Reply #18 on: January 03, 2012, 01:00:34 PM
Thanks Kelley.... where would I be without you?  :hang: Just kidding!  :wave:
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Reply #19 on: January 03, 2012, 02:43:34 PM
Val
Another idea for drawing is to forget about detail and just go for tonal value.

Next time you look at a building squint you eyes so that you can;t see any detail and then observe the values of the building. Look for highlights, mid range tones and dark tones. Block in your building just using tonal value.. you'll be amazed at how good your building looks. RIght from the get go your sketch will have impact. Best time to try this in early morning or late afternoon when the sum is low in the sky and you have a lot of cast shadows.
If you want to add detail, all the detail will be in the mid tone areas, not in the dark or highlight areas.
Hope this helps
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Reply #20 on: January 03, 2012, 03:04:55 PM
Ok, I think I have it straight Bruce. Next stop, I'll give it a go.   O0
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Reply #21 on: January 03, 2012, 03:30:58 PM
I've enjoyed reading the comments for Val's drawing. I look forward to seeing how it progresses 'cos so far it's looking good. This W/C (Water Colour) Pen 'n' Ink suggestion sounds good. I'd love to see this being done.
Val, you make me laugh. I just imagine you swaying with pencil or brush in hand and dabbing the canvas/paper!
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Reply #22 on: January 03, 2012, 03:42:28 PM
Swaying? More like Arthur Murray's learn to dance & paint in 5 easy steps!   :dance:   ;D
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Reply #23 on: January 18, 2012, 01:41:14 PM
you managed to get a heap of detail in for a quick sketch Val, awesome :clap:


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Reply #24 on: January 18, 2012, 03:44:18 PM
Thanks Nolan, really wish I'd taken a photo....I think I have enough there to have another go at it assuming I don't have a relapse of 'cruiseheimer's' !   :confused:
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Reply #25 on: March 08, 2012, 03:09:55 PM
Val, good details. I would try to aim more for contrasts...think variety....darks, lights, mids...opposing, directional lines (angle changes), textures, light next to dark, gradation. Mainly, add a little more snap with some rich darks. It's still good though!
The moment you find yourself mostly satisfied with a painting and think you'll "just quickly" do this or that, that's the moment to stop completely. Take the painting off your easel and put it aside for at least 24 hours, then reassess whether it really needs that tweak.


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Reply #26 on: March 09, 2012, 12:28:42 AM
Thanks Pat, I really have a hard time letting go of the detail. Even when I do tonal sketches pencil or w/c some detail always seems to sneak in! Working on my first megayacht portrait in pencil. Thought it would be an easier subject .... oy!  ;D
I'm trying harder to let go of the detail and use more darks. Must remember ...
 simplify, simplify, simplify.  :banghead:
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Reply #27 on: March 09, 2012, 05:54:08 AM
hi val brilliant drawing  love to see it when its finished!   :yippee:
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Reply #28 on: March 09, 2012, 06:23:39 AM
You're like me Val...i also start putting in alot of detail. Detail really has no starting point or ending point, so you really don't know WHAT is detail or not alot of times.   Nothing wrong with it though.  Remember to try and just focus on detail in the focal area. By being more loose around it, it will just emphasize that detail much better all by itself. Every drawing is different too, as you know, so all this varies according to each one.   I'm putting in about 7-8 very thin wood strips that hold the framework of an umbrella and they all come together to a point at the umbreall's central post...talk about confusing, trying to visuallypick the right one!  I also have a few small areas that i might just have to accept as being "off" somewhere with perspective. That's another problem with trying to get detail just right..perspective has to be dead on too.
How do you transfer your photo image to the paper Val..do you sketch it freehand, or use a grid? I trace straight thru the photograph onto the sketch paper.
The moment you find yourself mostly satisfied with a painting and think you'll "just quickly" do this or that, that's the moment to stop completely. Take the painting off your easel and put it aside for at least 24 hours, then reassess whether it really needs that tweak.


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Reply #29 on: March 09, 2012, 01:54:13 PM
I normally freehand, I did use a ruler this time to try and keep things in line...... uh-oh, I said 'things-in-line' guess the detail slipped in again!  :oops:
I have the hull pretty much done, just starting on the superstructure. I took a photo, bit blurred (due to my boat's motion) but good enough to work from. Can't believe they had the nerve to move the boat away!  :tickedoff:   ;D
Not sure what make she was but the AIS has her at 285' . Have had to learn foreshortening really quickly due to the angle ... we'll see what materializes.  :heeha:  I know some bits will be off .... but there you go, its all a learning experience.  O0
Cheers, Val

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