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Reply #135 on: February 13, 2014, 05:07:13 PM
Nice job on the onion/garlic drawing, Bev.

May have taken you a while, but the result is worth the wait.

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Reply #136 on: February 14, 2014, 02:55:35 AM
 :thankyou: Nolan. . . . you're right, can't grow unless we stretch those artistic muscles.
 :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou:  Jennylynn, Jill, Patricia, Sarah, Liz, and Mea for all your kind supportive and encouraging remarks!  :blush:
I don't know if any of you found this lesson hard, but I sure struggled with it. . . . whew. . . glad it's done and dusted!
Now that we are done with the "stinking rose" as garlic is sometimes referred to, we are on to an actual beautiful rose.
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Reply #137 on: February 14, 2014, 06:59:58 PM
Frustration!!  I have only used 2H and HB ...I'm not only dark, but I have those little white pieces of paper showing through!  Help. What have I done, and how do I rectify it.....PULEEEZE!


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Reply #138 on: February 14, 2014, 09:17:15 PM
Dear Tousabella;

It may not be the pencils you may have to have a lighter touch.

As Nolan has says  'let the pencil do the work'; you are only the guide
to where you want it to go.  Us a very very very light touch at first and
as you see needed tonal differences then and only then increase the pressure.

If you are pressing and can't achieve the darkness or lightness you desirer then
move up or down to the next pencil level.  Hope this helps!

May lynn


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Reply #139 on: February 14, 2014, 10:14:38 PM
Bella,

Sounds like you need to have more choices of pencil besides 2H and HB.

With more pencils to choose from, you should be able to do it more easily.

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Reply #140 on: February 15, 2014, 09:23:57 AM
Thanks Mea n May.  I've only put pressure where you see the dark shadows. I'm using faber castell, so will try the staedtler set.  My spoon was no problem at all!
I think I'd better start over.....my eraser won't take that much off!!  LOL
Thanks, again.
« Last Edit: February 15, 2014, 09:25:54 AM by Tousabella »
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Reply #141 on: February 15, 2014, 12:44:55 PM
Bella, maybe this paper has more texture that the previous? Seeing "bits" of paper shining through is normal and nothing to worry about - unless you want perfect coverage. In that case you need to use a paper with no texture at all


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Reply #142 on: February 15, 2014, 02:25:17 PM
Thank you, Nolan.  I wanted to keep this course contained in my sketch book, so I've done all of it in there. My balls were my own mistake of not 'rounding' the tones so that they were one.
I did the spoon in my book, and it is fine.
Is my shading okay?  I can relieve some of the shading where there is the highlight with my eraser, but it seemed very dark. (It is the same color as the picture that I keep comparing to). Maybe it's just me cuz this is a little more advanced than before.
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Reply #143 on: February 15, 2014, 04:02:20 PM
Hi there.  Maybe keep going.  Once there are more marks on the paper, you will notice that the darks don't become so noticeable.  Right now there is a lot of white paper, so the darks may appear too dark.  Don't be so hard on yourself, just keep drawing, its not a test, and there is no perfect solution.  You will find the right pressure and touch as you go along.


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Reply #144 on: February 15, 2014, 06:04:46 PM
This is my onion shading.  I have trouble following the template sometimes.  But I am fairly happy with this onion.


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Reply #145 on: February 15, 2014, 06:11:48 PM
Very nice drawing Richkay. The background is very even, well executed. The tonal ranges are great in the onion and garlic. Congratulations!!!  :clap: :clap: :clap: Doina
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Reply #146 on: February 15, 2014, 07:40:12 PM
RichKay,

My goodness, you have been very productive recently.  Great job on the onion and ball.

Keep up the good work.

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Reply #147 on: February 16, 2014, 04:00:36 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: good work, Rich!!
I too find the templates a bit confusing, so I have the original colour picture up on my monitor so I can see the "real" thing all the time I'm working. . . . makes it a bit easier.
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Reply #148 on: February 17, 2014, 11:29:51 AM
Bella, Gail took the words right out of my mouth O0

Rich, you can be very happy with this drawing, it looks great. You are getting the hang of the shadings nicely now. It's good to see you are not scared of your darks :clap: :clap: :clap:
I can suggest softening the edges on your cast shadows though O0


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Reply #149 on: February 17, 2014, 02:08:44 PM
Thank you, Nolan.  I think all the free lessons were very good and I loved doing them.  I have always found shadows hard to do and feel I have made good progress with you.  I liked how you explained the use of the different hardness of the pencils and when to use them.  The tonal charts were helpful also.  I have already paid for drawing classes at my local community college starting in March.  It is only a 5 week course so I am sure I will be back!  Since I started drawing with you, I did not have time for watercolor painting and I miss it.  So, I am going to sign up for the weekly watercolor painting classes with Dennis.  Thank you for your encouraging comments on my drawings.


 

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