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Reply #60 on: February 07, 2014, 02:15:11 PM
I have been using for sketches Canson 85gsm=65lb, then for better drawings I used Art Alternatives 110gsm = 75lb,until I found Pentalic Meridian drawing, 147gsm=90lb. I love working on it. Is strong, not to rough but not to flat, and I can use the eraser more than on the others. I also use sometime the "Artist Loft" paper that I purchased for watercolor. For watercolor is the worst, but the back side is good for drawings (B&W or color). Doina

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Reply #61 on: February 07, 2014, 04:19:21 PM
NOLAN, re the background it seems that from the reference photo it looked like possibly dark shadowy shapes behind the onion and garlic.  How to do tonal values that don't have a wild haphazard look is maybe what we should try to do, is that right?  Something eye pleasing that goes along with the beautifully drawn onion and garlic.  :)


LADIES, do you know how to buy good garlic? I tell my husband who does most of the shopping (because he did night shift for many years and shopped and I had a day job) that the best garlic is fresh by its firmness and is a tight and smooth bulb.  If it's starting to get loose and open up, it is already too old and baby plants are starting to grow with a thin green stem inside each bud and most of the flavor will be gone.  When I have too much garlic, I separate the pieces and freeze them.  Hope Nolan has eaten his garlic by now!  ;) 
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Reply #62 on: February 07, 2014, 04:33:45 PM
Thanks, Liz.  I just got some just like you described - neatly packed together.  I love garlic.

Also, just traced the template of the onions/garlic and hope to work on it tonight.

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Reply #63 on: February 07, 2014, 04:40:45 PM
 :cheering: :cheering: :cheering: Mea, I've been waiting to hear that from you!!!  Go for it, Girl!!!


And I just looked at my garlic and need to use mine up ASAP!   ::)


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Reply #64 on: February 07, 2014, 08:45:23 PM
After feedback about my background I have attempted to improve it.  I think it looks quite a bit better now.   :not_worthy:

Comments gratefully received  ;D

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Reply #65 on: February 08, 2014, 12:13:32 AM
Lisa, re paper- I found that 20# copy paper works best for me.  The graphite pencils glide over the paper easily since it's not a textured surface.  Since the onion and garlic needed a smooth look the copy paper worked well.  For the dog drawings I used Strathmore and other drawing pads 80, 88# dry media paper; dry and oil pastels Canson Multi Media 98#.  Keep up your good work!
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Reply #66 on: February 08, 2014, 12:29:49 AM
 :thankyou: Liz

I just realise I never added my updated image  :blush:

It is

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Reply #67 on: February 08, 2014, 06:45:55 AM
Very nice Lisa, and Liz. Pretty, pretty onions. Wow Lisa, the update is super!
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Reply #68 on: February 08, 2014, 08:13:01 AM
Lisa,

Good job on the onions/garlic.  I like your background. 

I am almost done with mine.  My background is too haphazard - wish I had done it like yours.  Will post it soon.

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Reply #69 on: February 08, 2014, 08:34:53 AM
 Nolan gave a wonderful lesson with the onion subject and looks like the ones who have put their onions on the forum have done a fantastic job with the tonal work well done everyone.   looking forward to the rose drawing   Ray
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Reply #70 on: February 08, 2014, 09:12:24 AM
Here's mine.


I seemed to have been a bit heavy-handed with the pencil.  Should I have blended it all together before submitting this?  It seems kind of scratchy.

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Reply #71 on: February 08, 2014, 09:14:17 AM
Lisa, that is a beautiful background!  :flowers:   It sure makes a difference and enhances the whole drawing!   :clap:
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Reply #72 on: February 08, 2014, 11:12:14 AM
 :thankyou: Liz, Mea and Sarah. 

Mea my background looked all over the place and Nolan suggested I do it at a 45 degree angle and again at 90 degrees to that, I wasn't 100% sure I went the correct way with the second direction but it made a huge difference.  I love your curly leaf on the right I had real trouble trying to get some kind of curl in it.  O0
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Reply #73 on: February 08, 2014, 11:19:48 AM
Thanks, Lisa.  I must admit that I used yours as my guide for the final shading before I scanned it.  Easier to use yours than try to find Nolan's online.

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Reply #74 on: February 08, 2014, 11:26:45 AM
 :blush: awww that's such a compliment.  :thankyou:

I would have loved to have had a copy of the actual photo to work from so I can see if I can get the tonal values and shadows correct when I can't see what Nolan has done. 
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