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Happychappy

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on: January 17, 2016, 11:19:33 AM
Wow, Nolan, what an excellent choice of subject in teaching us the subtle tonal change in values which are intrinsic in all art and which are not easily observable to an untrained eye. It really made me more aware of the importance of tonal changes and was without a doubt, a challenging exercise but so worth it.  Thank you.   I made a mistake by turning my template upside down in the one spot and had the water where the lily pad should have been so the lines are not as crisp as they should be but as I said, such an excellent lesson.   As always, any comments and critiques are well received.  Thank You, Patricia


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Reply #1 on: January 17, 2016, 11:33:46 AM
Excellent job with a difficult drawing Patricia :congrats:

What you can do now is darken the water (the dark and light parts of it) like this:

that will make the lily pads and flower stand out more O0


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Reply #2 on: January 17, 2016, 11:41:04 AM
 :thankyou:  Nolan, You are a magician!!!  I tried darkening with an 8b but it just shines like a diamond and I can't seem to get it darker. Also, I should have used a smoother surface than what my sketch book offers. As a matter of interest, how did you change the sketch like you did?     Patricia 
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Reply #3 on: January 17, 2016, 11:42:41 AM
I copied your photo into my drawing program, used the lasso tool to select the background, then reduced the brightness of the selected area O0


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Reply #4 on: January 17, 2016, 12:32:25 PM
Geez, Nolan, it made all the difference to the drawing for sure.  The contrast just makes it. Thanks for explaining what you did to achieve this.  I still think you are a magician for you do such wonderful work.


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Reply #5 on: January 18, 2016, 02:12:23 AM
Great drawing Patricia  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Reply #6 on: January 18, 2016, 12:56:18 PM
 :thankyou:  Vidar for taking the time to view it and to comment which I really appreciate.   It is an excellent lesson but quite a challenge which is good.    Patricia
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Reply #7 on: January 18, 2016, 01:59:39 PM
Patricia:  Great drawing.  You did a beautiful job. Kathy
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Reply #8 on: January 18, 2016, 02:12:12 PM
Patricia you have done a wonderful job on the lily.  :yippee:


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Reply #9 on: January 18, 2016, 04:56:56 PM
 :thankyou: :thankyou:  Kathy and Sally for your lovely comments.   Patricia
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Reply #10 on: January 19, 2016, 05:35:51 AM
Lovely drawing of the water lily Patricia.     :yippee:
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Reply #11 on: January 19, 2016, 09:09:39 AM
awesome water lily, looks like a difficult drawing to do.   


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Reply #12 on: January 19, 2016, 12:28:10 PM
 :thankyou: :thankyou:  Danielle and Lin for your lovely comments which I appreciate. Yes, Lin, I found it difficult but very enjoyable and I would recommend it to everyone to have a go.  It really teaches you to "look" for those subtle tonal changes and Nolan does so well in imparting his knowledge.   




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Reply #13 on: January 19, 2016, 02:30:03 PM
Patricia, the values in your water lilies make me dizzy with delight!  :D   I have started this but it will take me a looooong time to finish. I am having difficulties seeing the tonal variances more these days. So I'll keep at this one and who knows....perhaps Nolan will get a Christmas prezzie this year!!!  :2funny:
Cheers, Val

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Reply #14 on: January 20, 2016, 05:57:44 AM
Oh! Val, you are a scream  :2funny:  Thank you for your lovely comments.  The drawing took me a long time because at 72 years of age, my eyes are not what they used to be. I thought of getting the magnifying glass out which I seem to be doing much more often these days. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed the challenge and was actually pleased with the outcome which makes it all worth it.  You will finish your drawing and long before Christmas, just do a little at a time and keep going back for that is what I did too.  Looking forward to seeing your drawing which I know will be beautiful. 




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