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Val

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on: September 21, 2015, 09:22:52 AM
Sounds simple enough right?  :faint:     ;D   After watching the Pine Cone Lesson, I've been practicing....not quite as easy as it sounds.  :sweat: To get that nice smooth easy gradation takes a bit of time and patience. Once you start to get the hang of it I'm sure it becomes second nature.  :whistle:    :2funny: Here's a bit of what I've been doing to practice. I am finding some colours are a bit easier than others(?), I'd be interested to see if anyone else finds this as well.

I encourage you to try this as it will make those nice shadow transitions so much easier. Plus....it's another reason to get your wellies on and have a good old slosh!  :2funny:


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Reply #1 on: September 21, 2015, 10:27:21 AM
Great work, Val. You're on the right track

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Reply #2 on: September 21, 2015, 11:58:59 AM
Good exercises, Val.

I wonder if the granulation of a particular pigment affects the result. I know that I have found a lot of variability with the degree of wetness of the paper, too.
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Reply #3 on: September 21, 2015, 12:24:01 PM
Thanks Susan, these were done wet on dry. Arches #140cp
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Reply #4 on: September 21, 2015, 05:23:04 PM
You're doing what I need to be doing - practicing the basics. This exercise is so valuable with watercolor. You're inspiring me to do the same!
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Reply #5 on: September 22, 2015, 03:41:08 AM
It's just like shading the spheres, every now and then you just need to go back and practice a couple. It doesn't have to be a block or a sphere, you can muck about with any shape or design. Just practice the basic steps, it will push your drawings and paintings to new heights!  :clap:
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