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nolan

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on: June 21, 2011, 01:50:48 PM
John has done these drawing before the Lets Draw pencil course and asked me to post them for feedback :




The cat and gent are from a magazine and the flowers from life
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Reply #1 on: June 21, 2011, 02:14:30 PM
Hi John, :bigwelcome: to the site and the course.

Thank you for showing us your before drawings. O0

I must say that for not having had any drawing training before, there drawing a pretty well executed. You are going to be drawing like a pro very soon.

I like the loose style you chose for the cat, it has added the feeling of playful movement to the drawing. Once we have done the lessons on reflected light (day 4) and animals (days 19 & 20) you must do another one of these drawings in the same style. Then you will be able to get that reflecting sheen on the cat which will really bring it to life. The main concern for me in this drawing is the lack of shadow on the ground to settle the cat.

Gent -  the main thing that is missing there is the moulding in the face, but after day 6 (berry drawing) you will have had a good amount of practice to be able to see the mouldings better. Drawing faces is an advanced drawing as it takes a lot of practice to see the subtle shadings. I can see that you have spotted the main mouldings, so it won't take you long to draw this same gent again so that the new drawing will be incomparable to the first.

Flowers - this one is my favourite, especially considering you drew it from life. Really excellent, well done. Guys usually get the circles and elipses on the glass all wrong and you haven't. That takes good observation skills O0

We will be drawing flowes later in the course, so once we have done that lesson, you can revisit this drawing and you will see exactly what to do, but I don't want to let the cat out the bag and spoil your fun now already. You will also learn how to draw the glass on day 24 so look out for that lesson too.

I can't wait to see how you progress with the course...


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Reply #2 on: June 21, 2011, 03:32:31 PM
I echo Nolan's comments. On the Face drawing, by copying exactly what you see in a photograph, you have made a very common mistake that  a lot of artists make. The photo was taken with a flash - result? All moulding of the features disappear and appear very flat - OK in a photograph but not for a painting or drawing.

You have to make the light come from one side to be able to add the correct moulding to give the 3D dimension to the drawing. The second fault is to add the highlight in the eye in the very center - a dead give-away that it has been copied from a photograph. Even if it is in the photograph ALWAYS add the highlight to the side on which the main light is coming from.

Otherwise an excellent drawing from one with no training at all. You can only keep on going forward from here on with the pencil course. Enjoy, and looking forward to seeing more of your work as you progress.
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Reply #3 on: June 22, 2011, 02:51:55 AM
Hello John... :welcome: First up, thankyou for sharing your drawings. I must agree with Nolan on the flowers. You put in the refracted light on the stem,  :clap: I've seen a lot of pictures where that gets missed or forgotten. I think you are going to do exceptionally well with the drawing course. I'm just a bit jealous as I must wait until I can get better internet connections. Congratulations on choosing some of the best instructors available.  :smart: (I have to say some of the best...can't have them getting too big for their wellies!) :whistle:
Once again, welcome John. I look forward to seeing how you get on.
Cheers, Val

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