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AJM

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on: May 10, 2015, 12:25:02 PM
I am new to all this, so please go easy on me! I have watched a number of videos from here (and sorry to say, other people!) but like the atmosphere here  :)

The picture here is only my 5th try (after the obligatory sphere, apple, box and a face!). I'm quite pleased with this as a starter... it is a little light in value... but would welcome other comments.

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BTW - thanks to Mea for the pointer to the 'How To' section showing to use the BBCode from the Gallery to embed images.
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Reply #1 on: May 10, 2015, 12:49:07 PM
 :clap:, your off to a good start.  Like kitty's expression. Nice to see you posting your work.  :yippee:
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Reply #2 on: May 10, 2015, 02:54:17 PM
Adrian,

Glad you got your photos posted.  Once you've done it a few times, it becomes second nature.

Love the cute kitty.

Here's something I learned that I hope will help you.  Make two small square windows out of a heavy paper.  Place one each on the same spot on the reference photo and the drawing or painting.  Examine to see where you have differences.  Try that on the eyes, nose, and mouth on this one. 

I'll gladly buy your next lesson if you don't see a difference.  Art is one place where the slightest changes can really big impacts on the total piece.

Keep at it.  You are on the right track.

aloha

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Reply #3 on: May 10, 2015, 06:33:59 PM
For a first drawing you are doing very well.   Have you checked the Let's Draw Course?  I started knowing nothing, and I have learned so so much in just a few lessons.  The lessons are amazingly well presented, the explanation are detailed and easy to follow, etc.

You are indeed off to a good start.  Looking forward to see more of your work.

Mea is referring to the biggest stoneblock of beginners... the need to increase the value.  I have heard it so often, it is now starting to sink in and it makes all the difference between an okay and a great drawing.  Thanks for the tip Mea, the idea of 2 little square to isolate the tonal value is great!   I will try to do that.

Cheers, Annie
“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”    ― Plato


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Reply #4 on: May 10, 2015, 07:08:16 PM
Hey, sure wish I could take credit for that little window frame trick - must have been Nolan who taught that in one of the lessons.

But, it works!!

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Reply #5 on: May 10, 2015, 08:03:53 PM
Adrian - you've capture the cat's essence - way cool.
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Reply #6 on: May 10, 2015, 11:54:32 PM
Thanks for the positive feedback on an early attempt. I will give the 'windows' a go... although I tend to have the original image on a tablet in front of me rather than hard copy.

I think with me there is a general nervousness at over-working the dark areas leading to not enough value.
I also see people posting, getting comments and then changing the original sketch... I think I would like to keep the image 'as is' and then re-try completely so that I would have some comparisons in my 'portfolio'... but perhaps that is me just 'hoarding' pictures :)
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Reply #7 on: May 10, 2015, 11:56:53 PM
Like kitty's expression.
...'Kitty'

She is 15, and hasn't been called that for a while  ;D
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Reply #8 on: May 11, 2015, 07:23:21 AM
Adrian,

I think it's a great idea to redo entirely, rather than tweak so that you have the comparisons at hand.  I'm too lazy for that, so I just use photos of the stages.

Whatever works - go for it.  It's just so satisfying to see progress.

aloha

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