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Title: How to Draw Shells
Post by: nolan on November 11, 2015, 07:40:38 PM

Post your drawings and ask your questions from the class below
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: MaryAnne Long on November 11, 2015, 07:44:16 PM
Oh, nice.  Looks like a good challenge!!!

Gotta find the time for this one.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: KathyKuz on November 12, 2015, 03:13:42 AM
Nolan: I can not wait to draw the seashells. Kathy
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: MaryAnne Long on November 13, 2015, 06:36:40 PM
I've got this shell drawing started.  Good chance to learn the techniques for making the ribbed shells.  I need all the shading practice I can get.

Hope to finish it this weekend.  Our local high school football team is playing in the semi-finals of the state football championship, so I am busy volunteering at the school store selling school spirit shirts!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: MaryAnne Long on November 15, 2015, 03:40:52 AM
Here's my shell drawing.  My shell ribs are not as good as they will be the next time I have to draw some.  I didn't really get the technique under control until the end.  Will do better next time.


Good lesson.  Still tonal challenged.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: Happychappy on November 15, 2015, 03:26:35 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  A very good try Mea for I am sure it is not as easy as it looks. I have started mine but haven't been able to proceed but hope to get it done when I get some time.    Patricia
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: nolan on November 15, 2015, 08:27:25 PM
Looks great Mea :clap: :clap: :clap:
the technique does take a bit of getting used to as you are applying different pressures with the eraser
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: dbald8 on November 16, 2015, 01:47:21 AM
Nice attempt at the seashell Mea. Nolan's seems to have a softer appearance. Yours looks like a seashell that hasn't been in the water as long, but I like it.
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: MaryAnne Long on November 16, 2015, 01:53:59 AM
Diane, thanks, I See now that I did not taper the ribs.  Need to take my own advice to others and really study the reference photo all through the process to be sure that every step is correct.

aloha

mea

Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: KathyKuz on November 16, 2015, 02:34:10 PM
Mea:  :clap: :clap: Your sea shells look great.  Nice drawing. Kathy
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: JayJ on November 16, 2015, 03:22:22 PM
Looks good Mea!
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: MaryAnne Long on November 16, 2015, 04:29:25 PM
Thanks, Kathy and Jay.  As I said to the others, the ribs are not tapered enough.  Learned a lot from doing this one.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: Happychappy on November 17, 2015, 01:09:33 PM
Here's my drawing of the Shells which were deceptively difficult but still enjoyable, thank you Nolan.  All comments and critiques are happily received.  Thank you. Patricia


Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: cyril on November 17, 2015, 01:29:49 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:  Mea,  Patricia.
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: KathyKuz on November 17, 2015, 02:08:25 PM
Patricia:  :clap: :clap: :clap: I like your shells. Good work. Kathy
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: MaryAnne Long on November 17, 2015, 02:34:38 PM
Patricia,

You did beautiful work on the shells.


Cyril, thank for mentioning mine, too.

Patricia and I can open a shell shop!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: Happychappy on November 17, 2015, 05:47:22 PM
 :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou:  Thank you Cyril, Kathy and Mea for your lovely comments.


Mea, if we had to open a Shell Shop I would be Shell 'shocked' ... I struggled with the shells partly because I have to do my art in the evenings with poor light and my eyes ain't what they used to be. The side light on my work place was casting shadows so it was pretty difficult for me. Nevertheless, I got it done and am pleased to have completed it.


Patricia
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: MaryAnne Long on November 18, 2015, 12:14:59 AM
Doesn't seem that poor light and failing eye sight hampered you much.  Those shells look very good.  You made those cracks (imperfections???) look so real.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: MaryAnne Long on November 18, 2015, 12:17:55 AM
Ginger.

The more I think about it - those trees can look any way they - or you - want them to look.  It's either NATURE or ARTISTIC LICENSE.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: JayJ on November 18, 2015, 12:37:01 AM
Patricia this is so so pretty!looks so serene!
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: Happychappy on November 18, 2015, 12:54:39 AM
Oh! Mea, you are so sweet and I thank you for lovely, uplifting remarks.


 :thankyou:  too Zayn for your lovely comments.  I really appreciate you taking the time to comment.


Patricia



Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: Class Mac on November 23, 2015, 05:22:03 AM
I'm enjoying all these nauticul projects and have my eye on which one Ryan can try next  8)
Posting here his completed shell sketch.

Now that school is almost out I guess I should start trying to catch up  :heeha:

Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: MaryAnne Long on November 23, 2015, 07:22:18 AM
Nice work, Ryan.

Having done this one, too, I realize how hard it is, so I can appreciate all the work you did on it.   

You must be excited about your vacation time.  Enjoy!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: Happychappy on November 23, 2015, 08:03:56 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Very nicely done Ryan.  You are really excelling in your art.  Keep going, don't give up for your have a lot of potential. Enjoy your holidays.


Patricia
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: JayJ on November 23, 2015, 09:27:49 PM
Beautiful Ryan!Really want to try this!
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: KathyKuz on November 23, 2015, 10:04:02 PM
Ryan:  Nice work. :clap: :clap: :clap: Kathy
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: Class Mac on November 25, 2015, 02:16:12 AM
Nolan suggested that Ryan work the sand a bit more, so here is an updated version

Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: MaryAnne Long on November 25, 2015, 02:52:05 AM
Ryan,

The changes you made make the sand look more realistic.  I really had trouble with the sand on mine.

Keep us the good work.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: Class Mac on November 25, 2015, 03:40:06 AM
Ryan really liked the sand in yours and Patricia's sketches Mea. As usual though, he wanted a different effect  :whistle: and I think he's happy with the result.
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: Happychappy on November 25, 2015, 12:10:57 PM
Jen, please thank Ryan for his comments about the sand in my drawing and as I mentioned in a previous post, he has such potential which should be exploited. Wanting a different effect is wonderful for he is letting his creativity have free reign and being happy with his results is the pay off. Great stuff.


Patricia
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: Class Mac on November 25, 2015, 01:56:22 PM
I am so excited looking back over their work since July this year. Seems like we've been here longer than that, they have both achieved so much. Rachel is off and running with her portraits from photographs now and who knows where Ryan will get to. It has opened up options and ability that I really didn't know were there. Who knows, maybe I'll be able to pick it up too  :o
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: nolan on November 25, 2015, 07:47:28 PM
they have done very well :cloud9: :congrats:
now it's your turn :whistle: :heeha:
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: GPeachy on December 04, 2015, 07:00:01 PM

Finally made time to draw the shells... I liked this one.
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: MaryAnne Long on December 04, 2015, 07:35:52 PM
Ginger,

What color paper did you use?  I see a lovely pink glow in the background?  Or is that a soft sunrise?

Except for the stark light outline around the smaller shell, I'd say you did quite a good job.  See if you can blend in that outline a bit.  I had the same problem and just moved the tops of the shell ribs up a bit.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: Happychappy on December 04, 2015, 09:08:07 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Very nicely done Ginger.    Patricia
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: GPeachy on December 04, 2015, 11:44:15 PM
Thanks for the comments, I did work on the edge of the smaller shell and it looks better. Thank you.
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: Danielle123 on December 06, 2015, 12:41:52 AM
you have done a great job on the Shells everyone.  :yippee: :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: Happychappy on December 06, 2015, 11:25:31 AM
 :thankyou:  Danielle, it is so lovely to see you back.   Patricia
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: nolan on December 06, 2015, 07:54:52 PM
Great job Ginger, especially on the large shell, I can see your mastery of the technique improved as you progressed with the drawing :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: GPeachy on December 07, 2015, 06:38:00 AM
Thanks Nolan. I am really enjoying the pencil drawing.

Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: NHC50 on December 07, 2015, 03:48:09 PM
Nice job Ginger.  O0 O0

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: JayJ on December 08, 2015, 10:43:51 AM
Great work Ginger!
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: Straynative on January 01, 2016, 01:05:57 PM
Man this was challenging :oops:! Seeing all your shells and comparing them to mine I realise i definitely need more practice with all these techniques. Battled with the sand, battled with the ribs (mine are so squarish and there are way too few of them on the big shell) my foreground shell is a dodgy shape with some very strangely shaped ribs  :whistle:, aaah!

I realised i was in deep trouble when Nolan had completed his final cloth wash on the big shell and it already looked like a really good shell whereas at the same stage i just had this bland grey wash with no depth or any of the character he had established with so much ease. Loved the lesson and will probably try them again. Anyway thanks Nolan,,,

Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: Happychappy on January 01, 2016, 02:43:54 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Trev, a good try and Nolan will no doubt, be around when time allows, to offer his suggestions. However, if I may suggest and in my humble opinion, I think that your drawing would improve tremendously if you softened the lines/shading but as I said, wait for Nolan and his expert advice. 


Patricia
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: MaryAnne Long on January 01, 2016, 07:22:25 PM
Trev

You did well.  I totally agree that this drawing was very challenging, but worthwhile from the skills gained in trying.

Keep at it.  You are showing lots of progress.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: Straynative on January 01, 2016, 07:25:35 PM
Thanks Patricia and Mea,  O0
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: nolan on January 01, 2016, 09:56:52 PM
Trev, I think you have done an awesome job with your shells :heeha: :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
I can see you battled a bit with the sand, so maybe do a few more practice runs on that.

What I do however suggest you do with this drawing is to darken your background. You can make it darker than mine. As your shells have light edges, by making your background darker, the shells will really pop.

To darken the background at this stage : take a piece of tracing or wax paper, place it on top of your drawing, trace the outlines of the shells, cut out the shape to form a mask. Place the mask over the shells. Then use your rag and start from inside the mask and rub outward onto the exposed paper while carefully holding the mask in place to ensure it doesn't move O0
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: Straynative on January 02, 2016, 06:49:43 AM
Thanks Nolan!

These tips really help. I would never have thought about that and Ill definitely give it a bash. With regards to the graphite on paper and then cloth technique. I used a 6b pencil to get graphite onto my paper and then used the cloth on that. Is that fine or would I get more joy using a graphite stick? I get the feeling id be able to get more graphite on my cloth if i used a graphite stick but i didnt have one when I did the class. Ill get one anyway lol...

I really want to get my pencil work to a much higher standard than it is now!

Thanks a stack for all your efforts

Best
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: nolan on January 02, 2016, 08:43:14 PM
Trev my graphite stick is a 6B so you should exactly the same effect with your 6B pencil. The only reason I use the graphite stick is :
1) It came as part of a pencil set I bought so may as well use it
2) It doesn't need sharpening (I hate sharpening my pencils) ;D
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: Straynative on January 02, 2016, 10:24:14 PM
 O0 that makes perfect sense...thanks Nolan
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: Val on January 19, 2016, 10:44:28 PM
 :heeha: All these beautiful shells! Incredible work one and all  :congrats:    :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: Happychappy on January 20, 2016, 01:58:33 PM
 :thankyou:  so much Val.   Patricia
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: KathyKuz on January 25, 2016, 06:47:43 PM
  Here is my seashell drawing.  Nolan:  Enjoyed the class.  There was a lot of different values and directions.  Thank you.
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: Danielle123 on January 25, 2016, 08:00:02 PM
super drawing everyone.  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: MaryAnne Long on January 25, 2016, 08:09:45 PM
Great job on the shells, Kathy.  Isn't it amazing what a few smudges can lead to!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: nolan on January 25, 2016, 08:30:41 PM
awesome :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: Happychappy on January 26, 2016, 12:39:49 AM
 :thankyou:  Danielle.




 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Kathy, you have done an awesome job on the shells.  Excellent.   Patricia
Title: Re: How to Draw Shells
Post by: KathyKuz on January 26, 2016, 12:45:08 AM
 :thankyou: Nolan for another great class.  I can not wait for a new one.    :thankyou:  Danielle, Mea and Patricia for your nice comments.