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post #91 of 234 Old 01-05-2012, 03:54 AM
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That is amazing! I love how it looks on the blue paper :)

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post #92 of 234 Old 01-05-2012, 04:42 AM
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Perfect! I like it much.
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post #93 of 234 Old 01-05-2012, 06:14 AM
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Oh my, how do you do such remarkable work? i have shading and porportions problems like you wouldnt believe and usually do a lot of tracing (from photos) because I am too much of a perfectionist and too impatient to fuss with a rough sketch for hours on end.
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Oh my, how do you do such remarkable work? i have shading and porportions problems like you wouldnt believe and usually do a lot of tracing (from photos) because I am too much of a perfectionist and too impatient to fuss with a rough sketch for hours on end.
I agree with you and have done outlines similarly lately after drawing free hand outlines for about 55 years. With all my experience and practice my horses were great but now........ they are professional. I'm too old, too tired, too perfectionist, too impatient to draw free hand outlines any more. I do all the details free hand within the outlines.
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When you trace an outline, how do you do it? My computer screen, where I view my client's photos, is 15 inches wide but only about 8 inches tall. Do you use a projector and printed photos?
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Hi. No I work on the photo in flickr.com and get exactly what I want if I can fix the photo. I print it out on regular copy paper and then I trace it over a glass table with a light under it or an art lamp. Then the work begins.
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Hi. No I work on the photo in flickr.com and get exactly what I want if I can fix the photo. I print it out on regular copy paper and then I trace it over a glass table with a light under it or an art lamp. Then the work begins.

That's a good idea. My biggest problem are proportions aswell. I've just recently done a sketch after years of not drawing. I'll upload it on another thread. I'm pretty pleased with the progress, but I admit I did trace the outline. (I feel like a bit of a cheat though! lol)
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and what size do you work at? I mean what size of paper do youd do the finished artwork at? (I apologize , but I still think in inches, so can you describe in inches?)
The last sentence I added becasue I forget to check to see if you are US or Aus. or Uk or ?
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My first "real" attempt at oil pastels (only tried a very old set one other time when I was super drunk...lol).

I know the background is really messy. I may want to go back later and smooth it out a little, but I am so **** impatient when doing backgrounds. Anyway, I love the blendability of oil pastels, but hate how bulky they are. This is definately a medium where I can't worry about fine detail work and just be more carefree. Also, I had some problems with layers peeling off when I tried to add darker colors. Otherwise, I loved how easy it was to really make the mane look realistic, perhaps more than any other medium I have worked with so far.

Anyone who has experience with oil pastels, I would love some advice such as what type of paper to use and if there are any fixatives that I can use to protect the drawing.

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i have no technical advice at all. I can imagine your frustration with the blunt pastels and their limitations as to detail. This would frustrate me, too.
The ONLY thing I could say, is that when you wish the horse head image to kind of "dissolve", (in other words, it does't go all the way to the edge of the paper), it might look more natural if you had it dissolve by reducing the opacity of the color in a gradient, instead of coming to a rather abrupt edge. That kind of abrubt edge makes the head look a little like it's floating in the air.

the head itself is awesome!
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