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on: September 07, 2015, 08:09:07 AM
Hi Everyone,

I always am fascinated by paintings and always admired painters. But to paint, i know i first must learn to draw and me being terrible at art at school decided to learn to draw. Looking at the stunning reviews and results people can getting from this course, i decided to jump right in. Really looking forward to further lessons  O0

I know my drawings arent the best, but do give me feedback on where i can improve, critics are welcome !  :D





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Reply #1 on: September 07, 2015, 12:52:47 PM
you are off to a great start Nigel. :clap: :clap: :clap:

What you want to concentrate on at the moment is spotting the differences in tonal value as it takes time to train your eye to see these small differences.

The best practice for that is the do the tonal chart and drawing a ball O0


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Reply #2 on: September 07, 2015, 10:45:27 PM
Hi Nigel, good start.  :clap:

I found it helpful to walk away from my finished drawing for a bit and then re-look at it after a day and then compare it to Nolan's one. I then completed the lesson again until I got the hang of it. Looking at your ball , which I feel if you get sorted this will help with so many other lessons, it looks a little misshapened and flat instead of round in places. This is because of the shading. If you practice on the tonal chart like Nolan suggests and have another go at the lesson you will see the difference it makes.
 O0 O0 :)
Aroha! Lisa :-)


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Reply #3 on: September 08, 2015, 01:03:03 AM
Hi Nigel.
Nice to see you here :)
I started about 14 days ago so I am a newbie like you so I am not the one to give advice how to draw.  My perspective in getting most out of every lesson is first to take a very thorough look :coffee:  at the model  to  draw , then draw and redraw the it  a few times and try to get more and more details  into it. 
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Reply #4 on: September 08, 2015, 03:02:45 AM
Hello Nigel! Wow, you are quick!!! You are off to a great start, and as Nolan stated, the values are your most important ally. Take your time, and learn to work them well, and all of your artwork will sing.  :heeha:

I have found the sphere exercise makes for fantastic practice working with shadings/values. When I'm having difficulties with my painting I will pick up a pencil and work a sphere, and all of a sudden the shadings I was struggling with start to make sense. Values will make or break a drawing/painting. So, slow down and take your time.  O0 We have no punch clocks here!  ;)    ;D
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Reply #5 on: September 10, 2015, 10:26:29 AM
Hi guys, Thank you for your feedback!

I have tried a couple of times on the tonal chart and tried a drawing a few balls to improve my tones and improve my eye for detail on the drawings/pictures.


Is my tonal chart okay? I tried a couple of times, and this seems to be the best one i got from gradual tonal change.




I really enjoyed the scumblings on the fish! It is just awesome!



Somehow I feel that this drawing is a little flat and has no 3-D look to it. Where did i go wrong on this one? The tones?

Thank you for your feedback guys, this is the best i have drawn in my life, amazed at how a little technique and knowledge can improve your skills.

Nigel
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Reply #6 on: September 10, 2015, 12:33:03 PM
 :thankyou: for doing the tonal chart and ball exercises, I can see how the practice has already filtered down to your subsequent drawing :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

The candlestick drawing appears more flat than the others for two reasons:
1) The objects don't cast a shadow on the table
2) You need to add more contrast to the darker areas on the koru O0


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Reply #7 on: September 11, 2015, 12:26:59 AM

Well done Nigel! :clap:
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Reply #8 on: September 14, 2015, 12:19:25 PM
Hi all again,

This course is a blast! Here are some update drawings!


Improved, still seems abit dull and flat




My llama seems weird though lol  :2funny:
Nigel


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Reply #9 on: September 14, 2015, 12:36:11 PM
the koru is much better, but you can still increase the contrasts more like this:

don't be scared of your darks - you can't have bright lights without dark shadows.

Great job on the horse, you must be very happy with that  :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:


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Reply #10 on: September 15, 2015, 05:24:56 AM
Thank you Nolan  O0
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Reply #11 on: September 17, 2015, 01:53:04 PM
My first attempt on a tree



Actual Tree photo


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Reply #12 on: September 20, 2015, 12:53:20 PM
beautiful flower drawing, well done :heeha: :congrats:

What you want to do with the tree drawing is continue to build up more contrasts in the foliage. Then with the trunk, use your artists license to move the sun to the left or right so you can have one side of the trunk darker than the other. That will make it look rounder and add more depth O0


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Reply #13 on: September 21, 2015, 01:33:58 PM
Thank you for the feedback!

Here are some update drawings, even though some drawings take a long time, the finished product is very satisfying knowing that your drawing used to be the same as a 3 year old  :2funny:






starting to enjoy drawing  :D
Nigel


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Reply #14 on: September 23, 2015, 12:41:37 PM
beautiful work Nigel, especially the Onions and the white dog - they are my favourites :heeha: :congrats:

PS - with the other pencil classes you will see they each have their own thread HERE where you post the photo - that way the drawings from each class stay together O0


 

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