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Title: Carole's Let's Draw
Post by: Carole on October 27, 2020, 09:53:47 PM
Hello everyone. Here are my first drawings from this course. Comments welcome.  O0

I quite enjoyed doing this one.


The ball on the left is my first attempt and the one on the right my second attempt.


Then I had a go at doing 3 of the 4 from the photo provided. The reflections were a bit of a challenge.

Title: Re: Carole's Let's Draw
Post by: Bill76434 on October 27, 2020, 10:41:06 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: You're off to a great start Carole, three good drawings.
Title: Re: Carole's Let's Draw
Post by: nolan on October 28, 2020, 10:35:55 AM
Wow Carole, you sure are off to a great start, especially the shading on those Xmas decorations :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

You are going to do well on this course :gl:
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Post by: njnjgirl on October 28, 2020, 12:07:47 PM
Wow, great so far! :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: JayJ on October 28, 2020, 02:47:08 PM
Amazing work! :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Carole's Let's Draw
Post by: Carole on October 28, 2020, 04:29:35 PM
 :thankyou:

Thanks everyone for your lovely comments. I think the drawings look even better when photographed but also lighter than the original. Does anyone else think this? I will add a few more drawings to my album that I've already done from this course for comment later.
Title: Re: Carole's Let's Draw
Post by: nolan on October 28, 2020, 09:42:56 PM
Photographing art is an art on it's own :D
You seldom get it looking exact then when you do get it exact, it looks different on the next person's monitor :crazy2:

Looking forward to seeing your other artworks. (Just post them here then all your course drawings remain together O0
Title: Re: Carole's Let's Draw
Post by: Annie. on October 28, 2020, 09:55:54 PM
 :welcome: Carol

Wonderful drawings, great job!
Title: Re: Carole's Let's Draw
Post by: Carole on October 29, 2020, 09:11:33 AM
Next project was the Berries. I saw that and thought 'I don't like doing flowers'. I initially had to work out how to do the veins. Then as I got into the shading I really enjoyed it and found it very relaxing to do. I took my time over it and came back to it a couple of times, which gave me a new perspective and I saw where things needed to go a bit darker. Overall, I was very pleased with this effort.

Title: Re: Carole's Let's Draw
Post by: nolan on October 29, 2020, 08:08:05 PM
One of the best berry drawings yet :congrats: :cloud9:
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Post by: Bill76434 on October 29, 2020, 10:10:50 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Carole's Let's Draw
Post by: Carole on November 01, 2020, 10:05:41 PM
Thanks for your comments everyone. :)

Next up are the rocks. The concept of the planes was a bit more difficult as I got a bit mixed up with regards to which way the plane lines should go. Most of the vertical ones I understood, but for some of the horizontal lines I would have gone the opposite direction (ie 90 degrees to what was suggested)! Anyway, this is my effort. Again the photo looks a lot lighter than the original!


I decided to have a go at one of the extra exercises at the end of the lesson to see how I got on. I liked this one and concentrated on the middle section.



Title: Re: Carole's Let's Draw
Post by: nolan on November 02, 2020, 08:38:26 AM
Your plane rocks look great :clap: :clap: :clap:

If you got your lines 90 degree different that is great. That tells me you understand and can see the plane lines. You will soon see when cross hatching that you draw at 90 degree angles anyway  :)
Title: Re: Carole's Let's Draw
Post by: Carole on November 02, 2020, 08:46:51 AM
Thanks Nolan. I may have another go at this one and try doing it my way. It was on the flat top surfaces where I would have changed the direction of shading. It will be good to experiment and see how each looks.
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Post by: njnjgirl on November 02, 2020, 02:03:07 PM
Berries and rocks look great!  You are doing so well!   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Carole's Let's Draw
Post by: nolan on November 02, 2020, 08:00:34 PM
I may have another go at this one and try doing it my way. It was on the flat top surfaces where I would have changed the direction of shading. It will be good to experiment and see how each looks.
Go for it O0
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Post by: Bill76434 on November 02, 2020, 10:06:06 PM
Very impressive  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Trace on November 04, 2020, 06:59:31 AM
It's great to see your drawings Carole. Great jobs with all of them  :)
Title: Re: Carole's Let's Draw
Post by: Carole on November 06, 2020, 08:38:53 AM
Thank you Bill and Tracey  :thankyou:
Title: Re: Carole's Let's Draw
Post by: Carole on November 06, 2020, 08:41:02 AM
Cross hatching looks really good on drawings, so I was looking forward to the next couple of projects.


I enjoyed doing the mug, so thought I would branch out on my own and do one of the extra exercises. I opted to do the pears.  Now my problem is I can fairly easily copy someone else’s drawing, but when it comes to doing my own I get lost. I can see the obvious highlights and dark areas but it’s the mid-tones and how to shade them that I have difficulty with. Anyway, this is my effort, which I was discouraged with. Comments welcome!

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Post by: TeresaM on November 08, 2020, 06:37:55 AM
Welcome Carole and your progress is very impressive. Well done  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Carole's Let's Draw
Post by: Carole on November 08, 2020, 07:14:25 AM
Thank you Teresa. I'm enjoying the course. It's starting to get more challenging as I go on, but I'm learning a lot.
Title: Re: Carole's Let's Draw
Post by: nolan on November 08, 2020, 09:26:33 PM
You are doing a fabulous job Carole, including on your hatched pears. :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

I can see that you understand what you are doing so from here on it is just going to take practice to keep improving. Remember you are actually learning many new skills all at once at the moment. You are learning to choose the correct pencil, you are learning how to control your pencil. You are learning how to use pressures and line distances to create tonal value. You are learning a new form of eye hand co-ordination.

Most of all you are learning to see :heeha:
It takes a LOT of practice to spot the different tonal values in the first place. Then you need to recreate that on your drawing.

At this stage you are spotting the lights and darks very well so I want you to concentrate on seeing, and putting in the mid tone tonal values into your drawings, especially in the transition ares where a tonal value quickly goes from light to dark O0

You are doing great, keep it up :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:
Title: Re: Carole's Let's Draw
Post by: Carole on November 11, 2020, 10:24:38 PM
Thank you Nolan. Yes, it’s a lot to take in. I will take a more careful look at the mid tones.

Next up is Teddy. Again, I enjoyed doing this, but felt I got a bit lost in the actual technique of cross hatching and then lost my confidence when trying to see the various tones from off the photo. I ended referring more to the drawing rather than the photo.


To bolster my confidence I decided to go back to shading and try doing Teddy again.  I am pleased with the result of this one. Comments please.

Title: Re: Carole's Let's Draw
Post by: dennis on November 12, 2020, 08:02:49 AM
Your drawings are great. You have a sensitive touch that I have not seen for a long time. Those rock are excellent. Keep it up  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Elizabeth on November 12, 2020, 09:18:57 AM
Great drawings!   WELL DONE! :clap: :clap:
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Post by: TeresaM on November 12, 2020, 09:51:12 AM
Carole i love your teddies, especially the one with the stripped top  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Carole's Let's Draw
Post by: Carole on November 12, 2020, 09:30:45 PM
Thank you Dennis for your lovely words of encouragement. I am very grateful. I'm really enjoying this course.
Title: Re: Carole's Let's Draw
Post by: Carole on November 12, 2020, 09:37:55 PM
Thank you Elizabeth and Teresa.

Yes, Teresa, I enjoyed doing the striped top. It was fun to do and I felt more confident having learnt from the previous lessons about shading.
Title: Re: Carole's Let's Draw
Post by: nolan on November 13, 2020, 02:36:09 AM
Both teddy's look fabulous, well done :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
Title: Re: Carole's Let's Draw
Post by: Carole on November 20, 2020, 08:57:58 AM
Morning all. Here are my next offerings!

I’d never heard of scumbling before but enjoyed the technique.




Then the barn – now I’m getting into my stride and took great delight in doing this one. This is an area that interests me. However, I felt my window was not quite right perspective wise. I may have added too much dark to it?


Another area I would like to expand on is drawing animals, so I was really happy when I got onto doing the squirrel. Enlarging with a grid was really interesting and Nolan was very good at describing how to use it. What a fantastic way to draw when you’re not confident enough to do it freehand! I think this will be my route for future drawings. All comments welcome.


As always, my photos seem lighter than the real drawing. Perhaps I need to go outside to take the photos in future!
Title: Re: Carole's Let's Draw
Post by: nolan on November 22, 2020, 08:38:40 PM
you really are acing this course now Carole :congrats:

You can actually darken the barn window more - the darker the better as far as getting the looking in effect is concerned O0
Title: Re: Carole's Let's Draw
Post by: Carole on December 01, 2020, 09:17:06 AM
Continuing on in one of the areas I’m really interested in pursuing, animals - what a great time I had with the horse. I enjoyed doing this except for the bridle – that was difficult. I got lost as to where certain things were. But I got there. I think!


Encouraged by this drawing and the squirrel, I decided to have a go at the tiger. When it came to the actual shading I couldn’t work out what was happening around the mouth area, so I did my own thing which I’m reasonably happy with.


As always, comments welcome.
Title: Re: Carole's Let's Draw
Post by: nolan on December 01, 2020, 08:44:57 PM
Great job Carole :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
With the tiger, you can still continue to add more tonal value to drawing O0
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