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Qwertyy2016

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on: August 13, 2016, 03:07:13 AM
hi i'll nearl end a week of the course but i feel stuck now thats cause ever time i draw and shade a ball i feel its not 3d but a colored ball with shades what i have done wrong?????????????


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Reply #1 on: August 13, 2016, 05:37:25 AM
No need to panic, you haven't done anything wrong. It just takes a bit of practice to blend the shadings as it moves from light and dark. We've all been through it so not to worry.  O0
I'll post a little exercise I use to help me. Easier to show than to try and explain. Back shortly  ;)

Sorry, this was done rather quickly on some paper I had handy. This exercise is to help you to see what gradations you can achieve with each pencil. Hopefully it will get the idea across.



 
« Last Edit: August 13, 2016, 06:03:35 AM by Val »
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Reply #2 on: August 13, 2016, 08:06:05 AM
Qwerty,
Val's right.  We had problems doing the shading, too.

Are you doing it on lined paper?  Maybe that's throwing you off.  Try real drawing paper, any unlined sheet.  It'll make you feel more artistic!

aloha

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Reply #3 on: August 13, 2016, 08:30:32 AM
I agree with both Val and Mea. The shading is fine just blend it. I would definitely get rid of the lined paper, even if you have to use printer paper. I started off using cheap sketch pads then to better quality paper when I could afford to.







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Reply #4 on: August 13, 2016, 12:27:40 PM
As everyone has said, your shading will improve with practice. As Val showed, try practicing tonal exercises. Take one pencil and go from light to dark by applying greater pressure on the pencil. As Nolan teaches, when applying the lighter tones, you will  barely be putting any pressure at all on the pencil. When you get to the darker range of the pencil, try to avoid making the shading shiny. That means your applying too much pressure. Time to switch to the next darker pencil.

Yeah, time to scrap the lined paper. Not sure where you live, but if your in thru U.S. you can get a Strathmore Series 300 9 x 12 sketchbook (100 sheets) online at Dick Blick's for $6.15. That's six cents a page. Pretty economical.

Keep up the good work! O0

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Reply #5 on: August 15, 2016, 04:03:10 AM
  :heeha:
THANKX ALL FOR OUR ENOURAGING REPLY,
INDEED changng the paper type improves the quality of shading a bit eventhogh a have a long way to go and many work to improve.
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Reply #6 on: August 15, 2016, 04:24:50 AM
Practice, practice, practice! That is a word you will hear a lot of! Rather like riding a bike, you're all wobbly at the start, then one day.... you just glide!  O0   Keep at it, you're well on your way.  :yippee:
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Reply #7 on: August 17, 2016, 03:18:22 AM
Hi all,
Since i have finisheva week effort i was really excited to post my exprements and hopefully get some good tips , ( i know i am lazy don't wanna post a new message ) thought that stikking to the major issue of shading different objects would be nice to enlighten me more and seeing it with your eyes perhaps would give me a broader knowledge

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Ok here are my berries
Nice subject so i was excited to draw some more fruits and thought ok grapes would be nice then in the end i practiced shading a grape leaf ( which turn out to be very difficult ) if you consider the countless vains inside and also having a light spot  ... :confused: had me confused how to project it on the leaf
Here it is tips comment appreciated


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Reply #8 on: August 17, 2016, 08:25:02 AM
Hi Qwerty,

Regarding your leaf, don't be concerned with getting all the veins in it. Just get some of the major ones. You just need to suggest he vein system. Later, with more experience, you can do more realistic drawings. I just did the onion and garlic class. I didn't draw every vein in the onion skin, but spent a lot of time on the shading. Also, the leaf won't have a bright spot on it like a spherical object. It will have areas of light and dark based on what direction the light is hitting it.

The berries look pretty good. Try for smoother transitions from light to dark.

It's all practice!
Steve W


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Reply #9 on: August 17, 2016, 09:58:32 AM
 :clap: Hello Qwerty, I hope you are enjoying the Let's Draw class. I loved it! I agree with everything Steve said. For the berries, go back and play with gently blending your shadings. You could practice on a separate sheet of paper and then go back and blend the berries. Over time, it will become natural to you.

I really like your leaf. Keep it close by. When you are further into the lessons, it will be fun to do that leaf again. You are going to develop an eye for shading and this leaf will be perfect as a repeat so that you can see your growth. You are off to a very fine start.   :clap:  I look forward to your next submission. Have fun!  :yippee:
Kathy S.


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Reply #10 on: August 23, 2016, 03:23:11 PM
Great job so far Qwerty :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

If you have added a drawing to a post here on the forum, please don't delete the photo in your gallery as it leaves an error as you can see from your post above. O0

The berries are looking good :clap: :clap: :clap: I am very happy with the contrasts (lights and darks) as that give the drawing lots of depth, especially on the branch at the top of the drawing.

I feel you can still make the dark side of the berries darker to get the same effect. O0


 

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