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Reply #15 on: July 17, 2015, 01:46:24 PM
 :heeha: Thanks Lynn, charcoal seems to be the quickest medium for me to actually complete anything in a reasonable time frame. I'm hoping it will also help me to improve my graphite drawing, and in turn improve my painting, as well as pick up my time frame in getting things done! Of course I'll have to sharpen my focus  :whistle: always a problem.... I've already been looking at the w/c class for tomorrow...a white rhino!  :heeha:     >:D

I'm with you Lynn, my charcoal is out...will get the paper and have a go tonight. Just a question...are you using a very soft charcoal (my willow), or a more dense (my vine). I really do know nothing about it. What the hey, I'm willing to give it a go.  :clap:

 :2funny: Now this is funny, I had just hit the post button and your post came up! I just happen to have picked up a white charcoal pencil...so I'm ready for the next class!  ^-^ How cool is that?! 
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Reply #16 on: July 17, 2015, 05:14:25 PM
That's funny Val.  I go back to class in two weeks (will miss next week because going to see my Mom).  As for the charcoal, here is my beginner's advice.  I have willow and vine of different thicknesses.  I think a seasoned artist could use a soft piece for the initial sketch with no problem.  However, you want to keep the drawing "open" for correction as long as possible so you initially want to lay in very light lines.  I have a problem with the softs in the initial stages for that reason because my  hand was too heavy.  I might pick up a softer piece for filling in values after I have the placement of features.  I used a chunkier piece that was soft for toning the figure.  Hope that helps.


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Reply #17 on: July 17, 2015, 05:43:09 PM
Great speed drawing Lynn, You are doing so great and you have some exceptional paintings done in your album.  Congrat and have fun in your class.   

 i did that 2 years ago only once the parking ticket cost me much more then the 5$ class so I have not gone again.  I should go to the one in Ottawa though.  Maybe in september.   I did not do to well on it.  It was  a nude in different positions but no teacher arround.   Did you have a teacher in that class to guide you?
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Reply #18 on: July 17, 2015, 06:27:18 PM
Oh Danielle, sorry about the parking ticket.  No teacher at open studio last night.  I think the idea of these is strictly for uninstructed practice.  I don't start my actual life drawing class with the Blue Easel Club until Sept where there will be instruction.  I hope I don't develop some bad habits but the teacher for Sept. felt strongly that it would help my preparation by just going and trying.  After last night, I think she is right.  I will say that I watched the most amazing video this week on life drawing using pastel.  It was very detailed about procedure for drawing the portrait with initial landmarks measured in charcoal and then values mapped in pastel.  I learned tons, much of which reiterated many things I can remember Nolan highlighting in his portrait class but applied to life drawing.  It was titled Steps to a likeness: Pastel, by Perri Sparks and was worth the money to me.


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Reply #19 on: July 17, 2015, 06:53:15 PM
 :thankyou: For the info, i will check it.
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Reply #20 on: July 20, 2015, 02:51:50 AM
Oh! Lynn, this is all so interesting ... not that I could draw a live person .... but just reading how much you are learning and enjoying it too.  I can actually feel the excitement in your posts which is wonderful.  Waiting patiently to see Val's rendition. This is such fun.   Patricia
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Reply #21 on: July 29, 2015, 02:33:13 PM
Well Lynn, I had a go... and for a first attempt at a life study (without the life  ;) ) I suppose it's not too bad.  :whistle:   Unfortunately I couldn't take your sage advice about the hardness of the charcoal as mine is buried in the boxes in the aft cabin .... somewhere! I did find my antique vine charcoal which as luck would have it is extra soft.  :faint: I spent roughly 45 min. on this. Then I was just making a mess. Will definately find the harder charcoal for next one.  O0
I had a go anyway, and don't be expecting it to resemble your lady by much!  ::)


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Reply #22 on: July 29, 2015, 03:49:24 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Wow, Val, that is EXCELLENT and only 45 minutes to complete.  Wonderful.  Looking forward to reading Lynn's comments.  This is so interesting.




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Reply #23 on: July 29, 2015, 04:55:54 PM
Val, This is great.  So fun to have a charcoal drawing partner.  I think the torso especially has appeal.  You can really see how weight is borne on her arms.  I go tomorrow again so there will be a different model.  I'll post it. In the meantime I am practicing with the quick poses provided at New Masters Academy.  Google it.  They offer quick new poses each day.  Fun practice and free.


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Reply #24 on: July 29, 2015, 10:30:02 PM
I think both you ladies did a good job on this girl.

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Reply #25 on: July 30, 2015, 04:49:40 AM
 :blush: Thank you Patricia, I find charcoal is easier for me as I can break off pieces to the exact size I need to fill or finesse an area while drawing. Having the sticks ranging from quite thin to thick also makes working much easier and quicker. The softer charcoals smudge if you look at them the wrong way.... I guess that's why I enjoy it so much.... same thing happens with my w/c!  :2funny:
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Reply #26 on: July 30, 2015, 04:58:00 AM
Thank you so much Lynn for allowing me to tag along, I really enjoyed myself for the first time in quite a while. Lloyd decided yesterday I should take a break and do some of my 'art' stuff. Gotta love that guy.  :smitten: It's fun to follow your lead as I can pick up tips on how to work the charcoal, and see where and what you've done to create the effect needed. I must add though, that even though it takes me a lot longer to do the same thing in pencil, I find it an easier process if that makes sense. Most likely because the pencil stays put!  :D ;D I think once I have my other charcoals accessible it won't be long before I have to restate that remark. I love working with charcoal but just never knew what to do with it!  :crazy2:
Look forward to seeing what's next, and thanks again for letting me tag along.  :1hug:    :yippee:
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Reply #27 on: July 30, 2015, 04:59:52 AM
Thank you Mea, it was great fun to do.
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Reply #28 on: July 30, 2015, 02:32:17 PM
Oh! Val, I am busy with a charcoal drawing and I find it very, very messy. My hands, clothes and everything else were black.  Can't say that I am enjoying it too much.  I admire you girls who can use it. 


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Reply #29 on: July 30, 2015, 07:12:11 PM
I admire you girls who can use it.

 ;D Patricia.... I never said I could use it.  ::)   I just love to play!!!  :heeha:
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