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post #31 of 194 Old 01-02-2013, 03:58 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you everyone.

Hey everyone! Sorry I took so long to answer. I had my post all done and previewed and everything, but my dad accidently lost my page before I posted it.

tinyliny -- Thank you so, so much for all of your input. You notice things about the way I draw and it helps me out. It is also interesting to see the things you've pointed out (and jaydee too) about my drawings that I haven't really noticed before.

I think all of your drawings and paintings seem very free and fresh. You show the mood and emotion in them so well. I wouldn't have ever possibly guessed you might struggle with it. I love your work :)

About the lettering... I do tend to use that too much, because I want it to take the place of the background, as I detest (and I mean DETEST) drawing backgrounds. I don't know why I don't like it. I actually kind of regret doing the lettering on the top of the sketch; it does seem like too much. I think that the "True Love" would have been better, but once I drew it I couldn't erase it without it showing. I have a bad habit about starting something dark, so that I can't erase it thoroughly... Anyway, thanks for pointing that out! I will be careful about what I do with that in future.

WSArabians -- LOL No, it's not Khemosabi. (I had to look up "Khemosabi" to see who/what he was; I didn't know) It was copied from a random picture I found somewhere. It was a blurry one, so it was kind of hard to copy. I had to just make up some stuff to take the place of details that weren't there.

TheLauren -- I'll try to start on the baby one soon so I can post it up on here! I might post pictures of my progress. :)

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post #32 of 194 Old 01-02-2013, 08:55 AM
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The background is sometimes a bit daunting - or even boring so taking the 'less is more' approach can work better - a few light lines and some shading - create the horizon, a tree or trees, some grasses around the horses feet all help to give depth. Its actually amazing what you can do with pencil strokes - need not be 'photographic'
This is sketch my son did a few years ago - not a horse - but he's used a mix of shading and then fine and bold pencil to just create an illusion of whats there around the more careful study of our old garden tractor Alice which makes it stand out more
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tinyliny -- Thank you so, so much for all of your input. You notice things about the way I draw and it helps me out. It is also interesting to see the things you've pointed out (and jaydee too) about my drawings that I haven't really noticed before.

I think all of your drawings and paintings seem very free and fresh. You show the mood and emotion in them so well. I wouldn't have ever possibly guessed you might struggle with it. I love your work :)

About the lettering... I do tend to use that too much, because I want it to take the place of the background, as I detest (and I mean DETEST) drawing backgrounds. I don't know why I don't like it. I actually kind of regret doing the lettering on the top of the sketch; it does seem like too much. I think that the "True Love" would have been better, but once I drew it I couldn't erase it without it showing. I have a bad habit about starting something dark, so that I can't erase it thoroughly... Anyway, thanks for pointing that out! I will be careful about what I do with that in future.

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The lettering is not a bad thing. I like it. And , this thing you call a bad habit; of writing it first in dark, is an indication of your boldness and self confidence and fearlessness in occupying the page. I think that is just smashing! you can't buy that. you've either got it or you don't.

Don't be afraid of the lettering. Just pushi it a little. I mean, experiment with making it larger, and smaller and leaving some blank space. You need not worry about the background. you are not a camera. The camera has not choice but to do the background. you can include or exclude it , as per your sense of what has the best graphical balance.
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jaydee~ Your son can really draw. I love that picture. And I see what you mean about the "less is more" and the shading and different pencil lines-- that is very helpful to me. I will have to try something like that soon, instead of trying to do exactly what the background actually has or skipping it altogether. Thanks for the example!

tinyliny~ Ohhhh. So it's not a bad thing to start dark, that's great to know!

Okey doke, I will experiment around with the lettering a bit, then. And you are right that I'm not a camera; I never looked at it that way before, really. lol

I have a question for everyone and anyone. Do you freehand the basic outlines or do you trace or transfer them onto your paper? I do freehand but it takes way longer and I have to keep checking that I have it agreeable with the photo. The outlines aren't as clean as if I trace, either. But, I feel kind of guilty when I trace because I feel like I cheated! It's silly but I do. So what do you all do? And why?

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I dont trace I draw free hand. Unless I'm doing one with coloured pencils or watercolour or something where Im concentrating on the colour and cant be bothered doing the outline free hand. But yes I would say 95 % of the time I do it freehand. Im like you I feel like Ive 'cheated' If I trace.
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post #36 of 194 Old 01-04-2013, 09:31 AM
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My son has had to learn the hard way by taking and accepting some really tough critiscm that did shake him for a while but he was determined and pulled himself together because he sees art as a major part of his career plan
I dont trace - I use very fine pencil lines to mark out the entire piece first
If you struggle with proportions you could experiment with making a 'grid' on some tracing paper that you lay over the photograph and use a size adjusted grid drawn on tracing paper to lay over your the piece you're working on - obviously you cant do this if you're working from actual real life!!
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I never trace. I work it all out with pencil, paint over the pencil then erase the pencil from under the ink. The advantage of ink!
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Thanks you all for responding!

Here is that baby I'm in the process of drawing.

First here are the basic outlines, in freehand of course.

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And here she is with the face partly done. I loved doing the eyes because this baby has such big, expressive, beautiful ones :) I will post more progress on it tomorrow.

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That is amazing so far! Absoloutly adorable. You really are great at doing people!
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It looks awesome, HCT! Keep up the good work!
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