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bgaugler

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on: May 09, 2016, 11:26:09 AM
Just started the Let's Draw course - my first attempt at creating something artistic since about the 3rd grade (a long time ago). Any comments are appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Bill G


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Reply #1 on: May 09, 2016, 01:52:51 PM
  :bigwelcome: Bill! You made a wonderful choice to do the "Let's Draw" course. I finished the course about a month ago and am amazed at all I learned. Nolan gives excellent detailed instruction.

Your landscape came out nicely. I like your reflections in the water.  O0 Using the eraser for shading is fun, isn't it? I'm thinking you could carry your sky shading all the way down to the mountain leaving  the area of the sun reflection lighter than the rest of the sky. On your two middle peaks, you could possibly soften the inside outlines just slightly. ;)

Keep up the good work Bill. You are on an incredible adventure!  :clap:
Kathy S.


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Reply #2 on: May 09, 2016, 02:37:42 PM
Nice job on your first drawing!

Welcome to the club, Bill. Nolan is a great teacher, so I believe you're going to have a lot of fun working through the lessons. I'll be looking forward to seeing your drawings.

Steve W


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Reply #3 on: May 09, 2016, 02:39:18 PM
Hey Ho there Bill!  :bigwelcome:   You're starting in the perfect place. You are going to be drawing so many wonderful things before you know it.

Good job on the first drawing, just soften the 'outlines' of the mountains and give the boat and little man a bit of reflection.
Nicely done!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Cheers, Val

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Reply #4 on: May 09, 2016, 03:20:22 PM
Good to see your first work, Bill.

You are off to a good start.  Doesn't this one make you feel like an instant artist?

KathyS has good suggestions.

My other thought is to vary height and the distance apart of the tall trees a bit more - You'll learn from Nolan and Dennis about those soldiers in a row. (Looks like the EKG my husband just got from the doctor.)

Happy you took the plunge.  You are family now.

aloha

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Reply #5 on: May 10, 2016, 03:18:35 AM
you are off to a great start Bill :heeha: :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

 :gl: with the rest of the course


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Reply #6 on: May 11, 2016, 08:14:36 AM
The (slightly lopsided) ball
Bill G


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Reply #7 on: May 11, 2016, 01:38:26 PM
 :) Good afternoon Bill, This is a great shading exercise, isn't it?

Your ball looks good and it could be spectacular with more contrast. As Mea always tells me, don't be afraid of the darks  :2funny:.
What that mean is that if you go darker on the shadow areas, it will give you more ability to gradually go lighter until you get to your highlighted area. Also, if you have just a bit of #2H pencil shading the lightest area, your outline will be softer. Then you can take your eraser and lift out just a bit for the lightest highlight.
So glad to see you posting your work.  I hope this helps.  ;)
Kathy S.


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Reply #8 on: May 11, 2016, 02:17:09 PM
Hi, Bill!

Nice ball. O0

As Kathy mentioned, you should add some more shading. Try making the transition from the shaded part of the sphere to the highlight more gradual.

Is that very light patch near the bottom of the sphere supposed to be reflected light? If so, move it down to the bottom. Since it's light reflecting off the table, it would be brightest at the bottom and fade out rather quickly the higher it gets on the sphere.

Drawing is a lot of fun, isn't it? Before long you'll be making masterpieces!

Steve W


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Reply #9 on: May 11, 2016, 03:20:26 PM
Bill,

Steve and Kathy gave you good advice. 

What you did was good - but you have the potential to make it great!

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Reply #10 on: May 11, 2016, 06:46:05 PM
I see I'm late on the ball (  ::) ) as usual!  ;D   Good advice given, great beginnings here.  O0 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Cheers, Val

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Reply #11 on: May 17, 2016, 01:42:27 AM
Good start Bill :clap: :clap: :clap:

Keep adding more contrast though by making the dark darker in the bottom right hand side, then you will be able to fade away slower to the highlight area. This will give you an even rounder ball O0


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Reply #12 on: May 24, 2016, 11:50:43 AM
Thanks all for the comments and suggestions. I agree the ball could be darker in the dark spots to make the shading more gradual.
Bill G


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Reply #13 on: May 24, 2016, 11:58:29 AM
The Berries. I tried to incorporate some of the previous comments, but I think it could still be a little darker overall. As always comments are welcome.

Bill G


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Reply #14 on: May 24, 2016, 12:57:36 PM
Hi Bill! Your berries are looking good. I agree with you. You can go darker. The leaves too. As you get more comfortable, you will find that the darker you go in the shadow areas, the more you can manipulate your shape and depth of the rest of your drawing. You want only the very brightest part of your highlight to be white. Also, try softening the outline of the berries so that the outline disappears into the tone of the berry.  ;)
Kathy S.


 

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