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Steve Weatherwax

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on: January 03, 2016, 12:58:25 PM
Here's my first postable drawing. I started the beginner's class about three weeks ago and am having a blast. I'm a retired computer programmer with lots of time on my hands. I always wanted to try drawing and painting, but never had the time till now.

Please let me know what you think..... good or bad.  Thanks.

« Last Edit: January 05, 2016, 01:50:49 PM by nolan »
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Reply #1 on: January 03, 2016, 01:04:48 PM
Steve, what a great start!!!  :welcome: to our little community. You will find this is a really fun group. Always willing to give a compliment and helpful suggestions! You will see your work progress very quickly!
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Reply #2 on: January 03, 2016, 01:52:12 PM
 :welcome:  Steve to our PB family.  Wow, what a great start, you have done a super job for sure.  Looking forward to seeing all your future drawings.


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Reply #3 on: January 03, 2016, 02:41:52 PM
 :welcome: , Steve to the Paint Basket. Good to have you with us. Your pencil work is very precise and neat. A great start :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Reply #4 on: January 03, 2016, 05:35:01 PM
Welcome to Paintbasket, Steve.   Instruction is superb and the camaraderie on the Forum is really great.

Your first post shows you know what you are doing.  Really well done.

I noticed the cartoon for an avatar -- do you plan on doing cartoon work in retirement?

Hope you enjoy it here as much as we do.

aloha

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Reply #5 on: January 03, 2016, 06:15:47 PM
Thank you all for your kind words.

Mea, I'm not really looking to do cartoon work. At this point
I'd just like to learn various disciplines and see where that takes me.

I used the Popeye avatar because, since childhood, I've always liked the cartoon. That and
I couldn't find a good photo of myself. :) When I find one I'll probably change it.

Steve



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Reply #6 on: January 03, 2016, 09:09:45 PM
Well done, looks great, looking forward to seeing the progress and rest of the drawings  :clap: :clap:
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Reply #7 on: January 04, 2016, 06:48:14 AM
 :welcome: Steve
Your drawing is great! Looking forward to see more.

You may want to introduce yoursel in the 'About Me' section... it will become your own page.

I would have thought that Popeye's images would be copyright, but I guess it may not.  I have a tendency to be over careful.
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Reply #8 on: January 04, 2016, 01:54:29 PM
:bigwelcome: to the PB family Steve, so glad you decided to give the drawing a go :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

So far you are doing an amazing job with beautiful shadings and contrasts :heeha: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Can't wait to see the rest O0

PS - The Lets Draw course has it's own section on the forum so I will move this post over to there shortly and rename it to "Steve W's Lets Draw course". SO what you then do is just reply to this post each time you want to add a new drawing from the Lets Draw course. Later when you do the other classes, you will find it's thread here and reply to that.

Hope that made sense if not let me know and I'll PM you O0


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Reply #9 on: January 04, 2016, 04:59:33 PM
Thanks for the encouragement.

Annie, I got the avatar from a site that said all their avatars are in the public domain. I guess it will be o.k. until I find a good photo of myself to replace it.

Nolan, I believe I follow you. Next time I log in, I'll see if the post has been moved. Thanks. You know, your advice about practicing our strokes and tonal values has really helped. Even though it's a little boring, I've been doing one of each every week. Seems to work.

Now, if I can only figure out how to put the emoticons in my posts. I try to drag and drop them, but all I get is a URL pointing to the icon.

Take care,

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Reply #10 on: January 04, 2016, 05:24:19 PM
Hi Steve,

Just click on the emoticon that you want (in the spot where you want it) and it will pop right in. You could hit "Preview" on the bottom right to see what it looks like first (scroll up to see sample) then post when you're ready  :)

very nice work by the way!
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Reply #11 on: January 05, 2016, 01:53:14 PM
yes the stroke exercises are boring, but you only have to do them in the beginning to help you develop the eye hand coordination. Drawing is a skill so you need to learn and practice those skills in order to master them, so good on you for sticking with it O0


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Reply #12 on: January 08, 2016, 01:42:11 PM
Here's my attempt at learning planes. I struggled with this one a bit....thank God for erasers.

Are the shadowed areas dark enough? Most were drawn using a 2B, but one I used a 4B. I'm just using copy paper. Maybe it would come out a little better on something with a bit more tooth.

Please give me your opinions. Thanks.



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Reply #13 on: January 08, 2016, 04:40:32 PM
I am very happy with this drawing Steve you are spotting the tonal changes well. :clap: :clap: :clap:

As you progress you will be able to spot finer changes, but for now this is great, well done O0


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Reply #14 on: January 08, 2016, 06:27:55 PM
Steve,

The shapes of your rocks are so well done.

Go for the DARK, especially in the deep crevices where no light can enter!!!  You will marvel at how much more this will stand out with darker tones.

Took me a while to GET IT! 

Now I am a convert.

aloha

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