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Reply #15 on: July 28, 2011, 02:14:29 AM
Those rocks are excellently done for a beginner.  :clap: :clap:
Drawing the same drawing over and over again has never been a bad thing as long as you can see even a slight improvement  above the previous attempt. That's how I improved my drawing skills so many years ago. It strengthens up the  eye-hand co-ordinational skills
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Reply #16 on: August 14, 2011, 11:11:24 PM
Nolan - here are the two exercises in cross-hatching. I'm happier with the teddy, where cross-hatching picks up the furry look fairly well whereas the mug looks to me as if it's made of canvas!

I don't know why the white paper looks so grey now but I think it's OK otherwise!


Nolan - here are the fish and the barn. I was pleased with the fish. I copied both using a ruler and putting a few measured dots on the paper to guide the outline, then filled in the outline freehand but with lots of early rubbing out and improving. Is that OK, do you think? Not one of your methods, I'm afraid.



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Reply #17 on: August 14, 2011, 11:19:49 PM
Great job John, well done.

The cup looks "canvasy"  ;D because we are busy rendering a smooth object with texture. It is normal for cross hatching. I think you have done a great job with both.

If I had to very fussy, I would darken the cup slightly on the left hand side with a few more hatches.

The colour of the paper came out blue due to the lighting. It is very difficult to photograph a white object as it reflects the colours around it. Did you take the photos at night under lighting? It doesn't matter for our purposes here though. We can see the drawings perfectly regardless O0

Great job on the barn and the fish too.

I have also slightly touched up the fish on the underside ever so slightly, just to complete the rounding there. But other than that very small change it looks like you quite enjoyed the scumbling :clap:


Keep up the good work  :twothumbs:


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Reply #18 on: August 24, 2011, 10:00:36 PM
Nolan - here are two more things. Both of them I sized/re-sized using in essence your calculator method i.e. putting some measured dots down and then doing the outline with their help.


First the day 15 koru, a lovely design by the way which reminded me of ancient Celtic curves and spirals and nature shapes. I wanted to avoid solid blocks of shading and found your advice about planes (follow them!) very helpful. I concentrated on that so much that I now see the candles are not quite symmetrical and the light striking them is misplaced, but I liked the wonky candle-supports and they're deliberate!):


Here's the day 17 church, resized to twice the size on the course printout. This time it was getting the texture of the stones that puzzled me, but here's what I managed using squiggly edges and odd bits of shading. The shadow on the front of the top roof doesn't look right though. I tried to get it to shade away gradually, then wondered if it could have been stark after all as it's in such bright sunlight. Anyway see what you think:


I'm enjoying the course and gaining from it, thank you very much. tried to use the iMac instructions you kindly sent, but it didn't work the first time and then I hit the 60 day limit. Never mind, the manual is very good so I'm content. Next time I might get DVDs, quite possibly for the Christopher Sia portrait course with your own added sections - but not yet awhile.

Regards to yourself and Dennis in the extraordinarily hard weather you're experiencing.
John
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Reply #19 on: August 24, 2011, 10:06:11 PM
The Koru still life is in my entrance hall, so I see it every day. Your version of it is very accurate. Just love the texture you have managed to create on the plate (which is one of those moulded bamboo plates. Prefect. The lighting in the entrance hall here is pretty much from the front so the lighting on the candles are fine O0

Church - This is for me one of your best drawings. Magnificent John. Even though you say you battled with the rock texture, I think you have captured it perfectly in the end, so well done :clap:

PS - I have extended your access so you can get those downloads going. If you can't just let me know and we'll make a plan for you.

PS - Christopher's course is only a manual which you download and doesn't contain any video.
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Reply #20 on: September 04, 2011, 08:50:39 PM
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Now back to it with two drawings today, a Sunday. I'm happy enough with them. The squirrel was easier than I expected, as you suggested it would be, but the horse was hard. I was trying to use colouring-type simple shading, which seemed to be on your specimen course drawing, but mine didn't look right so I moved back to the flicked lines approach and was happier then. See what you think, and I'll welcome your comments as always.



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Reply #21 on: September 04, 2011, 09:01:13 PM
John I am really enjoying watching your drawings improve with every single drawing you do  :heeha:

Your drawings have moved to the next level since starting the course. You just need to look at these last two drawings to see that. You have managed to create great texture in these drawings. The depth you have created is awesome.

When it comes to the horse and the shadings you were battling with, all you need to do is continue with your flicks in the darker area to "fill up" the spaces. If you rewatch my video you will see that I also use a flicking type movement, but with the flat edge of my flat round. That gives my the flowing feel of the flicks but in broader strokes because of the flat edge. This gives that "inbetween" effect of shadings with texture.

You have done a great job just like it is, so if the distinct flicks work better for you then just stick to it. Remember there is always more than one way to create the same effect. You just have to use the one that is easiest for you.

Great job mate O0


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Reply #22 on: November 13, 2011, 08:05:26 PM

Great rendition of the original John :clap:
I would like to see just a touch more contrast on the bridge of the nose so that it separates the nose and the distant cheek a bit more. It's not much darker, just a shade or two O0


superb hatched portrait, you must definitely do more  :congrats:


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Reply #23 on: November 14, 2011, 01:07:47 PM
John,


  I just wanted to tell you thatyou're drawings are very nice. I am at the same place as you in the course and watching you inspires me to work and practice harder. Its amazing what different people see in the same pictures. Well done my friend I can only hope I get there one day.
Danny