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post #1 of 26 Old 03-23-2010, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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dantexeventer's Art Journal! :)

I hope it's okay for me to make one of these - I don't want to be inviting myself to a party I'm not welcome at, so to speak!
I've been really inspired by the amazing and unique artists on this site. From Kayty's fabulous pastels to Liz's instantly recognizable and seamless pencil drawings, and of course all the fantastic artists in between, you've all given me new steam! :)
I've always been purely a graphite artist, because I was terrified of color. I then gravitated towards Prismacolor pencils, and haven't gone back! But I was still wary of being bold in my color. I've been watching and learning, and have lately decided to just suck it up and try the bold mediums I've always been terrified of. First, I went for watercolor - ended up having a blast and it wasn't half bad! :) It's not a horse picture, so I won't bore you with it, but the second I get my hands on more watercolor paper I'll be experimenting!
Then came the scariest of all - oil pastels. I had three boxes of lovely German pastels, given to me by my grandparents years ago, that I had been to scared to even open. It's a shame, because when I dug those suckers out and took a deep breath, it was AWESOME. I got filthy, smearing those colors all over the place, and totally just lost myself in those brilliant, waxy colors. I never do still life, but I concocted a little scene in my head to play around with values and colors, and I'm kinda proud of it! Now I'm tackling a portrait of my horse, and have been taking step by step pictures that I'd like to share, because watching a drawing progress is fun :) I'm just using regular sketchbook paper until I can get to the art supply store, so the textures are pretty nonexistent. But it's working out alright so far.
Aaaaanywho, this is my ref pic:


And this is my first sketch of the drawing. It's too low on the paper, but I'll just trim a little off the top when I'm done to make it more even.






Sorry so many pics haha! :)

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post #2 of 26 Old 03-23-2010, 08:27 PM
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O wow-you are SO invited to do one of these! This is beautiful so far. I'm jealous of artists who do so well with color. Like you said, I'm terrified of it. Lol I may get to that point of experimenting, just not yet anyways.
I think you should post the watercolor-if it's anything like what you've got posted so far it wouldn't be a bore at all

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post #3 of 26 Old 03-23-2010, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you! :) Haha, do what I did - start drawing something you absolutely don't care about, and then if you make a mistake, it won't be heartbreaking! :)

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Getting there, slowly but surely!
I'm sure the rest of you have the same problem I do - when I draw a horse I own or know really well, it stresses me out SO much because I want to capture their personality! Dante is a big lovebug but he's also REALLY intelligent and alert, and he has kind of an intangible spark in his eye, so I'm hoping I'll be able to capture that.

(The eye is not done, btw. I just took a break from it)

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Beautiful use of color there! Nice Job! :)

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Thank you!! :)

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So I bought my first pack of oil pastels today.
But when I got home it was one of those days when nothing I drew looked right-maybe tomorrow will work. Here's hoping!
Looks awesome by the way. How big is it going to be?

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I have a VERY old and probably VERY cheap set of bulky oil pastels. I really struggled to get the fine detail you have mangaged to do very well. I did however, love the vibrant colors they produced. Perhaps after I have mastered my next medium on my "to do list", watercolors, I will buy a nicer set. This drawing inspires me to give oil pastels another chance.

WELL DONE!!! I love watching all these art journals and seeing the drawings come to life.

Oh yeah, I think you and I are actually freinds on myspace. Your art looks very familiar to me...lol.

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Wow. amazing! How long have you been drawing for?
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