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Val

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on: November 18, 2010, 09:34:35 AM
Have you ever started drawing something...and it just seems to keep getting bigger?  :o  My drawing of the laughing gull actually started out being a good third smaller but each correction I made became larger and larger until thank goodness I finally think I got it  right before I ran out of paper! I suppose that can be a problem with freehanding.  ??? Maybe I just need to invest in some bigger paper?!  ::)
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Reply #1 on: November 18, 2010, 01:55:10 PM
it does take a lot of practice getting the eye hand co-ordination right. You have just know when to stop fiddling though and say that's close enough now - and that takes practice too  :crazy2:


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Reply #2 on: November 19, 2010, 02:06:54 AM
The best way is to first do all your preparatory work with a 2H pencil and don't press too hard, you must just be able to see the lines. Do all the modification at this stage and when you are happy then take a softer pencil and start to carefully darken the lines - also not too dark at this stage otherwise you will not be able to erase any mistakes easily. If you do it lightly enough you will not even need to erase them later as they just "disappear" next to the darker work.

Once you are happy with the shape, then only start on the drawing proper. This method should save you a lots of grief and frustration. Remember, first plan (very lightly) and then start the foundations (slightly darker) and then when the foundations are set hard - then, and only then, start the brickwork (drawing proper).

I learned this secret soon after I started drawing in pencil in 1944.
I'll put some of my pencil work up in the gallery soon for you to see.

As Nolan always says: "He has been in the art world long before the hillls became mountains!"  :heeha: :2funny: :2funny:

In the mean time -- keep at it and .......... Happy drawing!
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Reply #3 on: November 19, 2010, 03:27:14 AM
 :clap: Thanks Dennis & Nolan....its funny how sometimes things just fall in to place and look right. While at other times the 'fiddler' comes out and runs amuck!(is that a word?) After all, as Dennis so rightly put it, 'it is just the planning stage'...and I'm not exactly painting the .....chapel! Oi...what a shamozzle that would be!  :2funny:  :2funny:
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Reply #4 on: November 19, 2010, 01:33:09 PM
 ;D  :painting:


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Reply #5 on: November 20, 2010, 04:00:53 AM
Glad you agree....no trips to Italy in the near future!  :2funny:
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