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on: March 11, 2012, 07:22:00 AM
 :help: This is the 285' motor vessel Martha Ann, she was anchored near us for a couple of days. I'm hoping this will turn out good enough to go into a portfolio for 'Yacht Portraits'.  :boat:
Problem: I want to start showing highlights on the white superstructure....even the lightest (4H) shading makes it look gray.  :help:
OK all you pencil aficionados, give me your thoughts, ideas.
Now I'm calling in the big guns...DENNIS...NOLAN  :help:


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Reply #1 on: March 11, 2012, 08:03:19 AM
Val,
Your drawing is starting to look awesome :envy:

The highlights are attained by leaving white areas on the places you wish to highlight... That's what I learned from the course anyway...  Darkest tones are achieved by using your 4B or your 6B depending on which of them is closest to your Tonal Value chart,  plus the pressure you  apply to your strokes.
Hope this helps while Nolan gets back to you. ;D

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« Last Edit: March 11, 2012, 08:04:53 AM by Maria Canino »
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Reply #2 on: March 11, 2012, 08:17:35 AM
Thanks Maria.
I'm thinking I'll work on the windows, they are all dark glass so that may make a difference. I should have picked an easier one for first try. I've removed a lot of detail already but it still looks like her so I'm pleased on that front. I just hope I don't end up making it look flat.
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Reply #3 on: March 11, 2012, 09:42:50 AM
Val, this is fantastic! :clap:  :clap: I know nothing about drawing, so I have no advice.
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Reply #4 on: March 11, 2012, 10:28:02 AM
No advice coming from me either, Val, but it sure is looking good to me.   :)
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Reply #5 on: March 11, 2012, 10:47:45 AM
Thanks C., thanks Lillian. I can see if I'm going to seriously do portraits of ANY kind, I really need that drawing course. Going to do a bit of reworking on the  :cost: and get it by month end. Just so hard with the internet issue, I know I should wait until June...but its soooo far away! How will I ever survive?! 
OK Nolan...where's the little fella with the straightjacket?  :2funny:
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Reply #6 on: March 11, 2012, 11:04:17 AM
Lookin' good Val O0
Yes, just leave the paper blank for the highlights. If you accidentally cover them, just use the eraser to lift them out again. The formula is..start out with the darks, but not the FULL darks, gradually layer till you get the correct darks where they go in this way (leaving the "first" darks you lay down where they belong).
All along going back and forth with the eraser as needed.
I'm sure you know that though.
I usually put in some very light tone around the edges of highlight areas, kind of as a half-tone (using a hard pencil such as the 4H). It adds interest and doesn't make the bright highlights look so abrupt. Did you do this freehand?
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 #7 on: March 11, 2012, 11:19:15 AM
Yes, I did try using a ruler along the straight edges while shading...more of a hassle so I just went back to short light strokes and went over with darker pencils to deepen and even the colour.
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Reply #8 on: March 11, 2012, 02:12:29 PM
WOW, Mrs. Val! Your boat is amazing!


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Reply #9 on: March 12, 2012, 01:25:43 AM
Thankyou very much B2   :thankyou:  I'm glad you like it. I still have a lot to do and much to learn. Thats what makes it fun. Especially with friends like you!  :wave:
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Reply #10 on: March 12, 2012, 10:34:07 AM
Val... it really is looking great.  Looking forward to the WIP's as you progress.   :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Reply #11 on: March 12, 2012, 11:54:10 AM
Look for the shadows in the white and draw them in and leave the highlights neat paper O0


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Reply #12 on: March 12, 2012, 12:22:00 PM
 :sweat: Ok ..... thanks Nolan.
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Reply #13 on: March 12, 2012, 07:44:11 PM
 :smitten: Love it! Wish I could offer more, but this is too advanced for me to help.  Looking really good Val!
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Reply #14 on: March 13, 2012, 01:31:41 AM
Kelley, you are too kind.  :-*  The  :boat: has been bouncing about too much the past 2 days, so haven't been able to do any more. We now have our new freezer box, so must spend a day or two cooking, vacuum packing and freezing food. Then we can move around to a quieter bay for a couple of days before we start on the move again. So much to do....so little time!  ;D
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