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        10-08-2009, 07:06 PM
    Fuzzyfeet~I'm a little confused. What do you mean by the outline. I know I need to fix the forehead/ear area but I don't understand what you mean.
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        10-08-2009, 07:35 PM
    Midwestgirl, a couple of things, I just noticed your new status and thought that needed addressing-, and I personally don't think there's any particular issue with the outline of this drawing other than it's obviously unfinished.
    In fact I think this may be the most mature drawing I've seen from you, clearly you are learning and gaining skill dramatically, definitely not the time to decide you aren't artist enough to keep going. I might have mentioned before (grin) that drawing is a skill and it develops like any skill, as you use it. You should compare this picture with some of your earlier stuff, you are way improved. The eye is dark and strong, the muzzle is lovely, the detail of the bit is very nicely done, and there may be an issue with the eye placement/forehead but I'm not entirely sure it's that far off to be worth messing with--look at it in a mirror, if something's really off it will leap out at you. I think you really need to finish it, and then...start another one, and another one, and another one.....DON"T leave a drawing half-done, if you are at all inclined to, push yourself to the end, lots of things can happen as you work, including the way you are perceiving the piece.
    You are motivated and have a high degree of skill base already. We as artists all feel discouraged and over-whelmed by what we demand of ourselves---almost without exception, every drawing I produce goes through a phase where I think it's ruined and not worth finishing. But every time I make myself keep going, and you, my girl, should too. (end of lecture.)
        10-08-2009, 11:13 PM
    Thank you so much for the pick-me-up. It was much needed and taken to heart. Yeah-I get to a point sometimes where I have to walk away from what I'm working on, sometimes for a day or two, because I get frustrated thinking it's turning out terribly. Usually that's only temporary and I get over it and get back to drawing.
    And to tell you the truth, I'm not really sure why I got into that downer phase a few days ago. Everythings actually been going really well art-wise. I have a good friend that has a sawblade sharpening business and he's going to save a few round ones for me on the side so I can paint and sell them. I live in a little country tourist town that has a monthly(?) 'Hello Galena' that showcases local artists that I've been thinking about getting involved in. There's a coffee shop in the neighboring town that showcases an artist monthly that I'm getting into I don't really have a reason to feel so -bleh- I think some other things going on in my life are the cause and I'm taking it out on my art.
    But again, thank you so much toadflax. You and Liz are two of my favorites on here and I definitely look up to you.
        10-09-2009, 12:39 AM
    Thats very, very good. Don't get yourself down...I wish I had your talent, some of us can't even draw half decent stick figures. ;)
        10-09-2009, 07:06 AM
    Originally Posted by midwestgirl89    
    Fuzzyfeet~I'm a little confused. What do you mean by the outline. I know I need to fix the forehead/ear area but I don't understand what you mean.
    I mean, like, the line around the outside of the horse, the way he's shaped, he's kinda out of proportion. This is an outline:

    This is a completed picture (with shading) :
        10-09-2009, 09:57 AM
    Good, glad to hear it's a temporary cloud! It's easy to beat yourself up about artwork because there's so darn much of it out there and you can ALWAYS find somebody who makes it look way too easy and flawless. But what else I've noticed is that everybody finds their audience, if you know what I mean. I chuckle when I read your signature because Picasso has never been favorite with me----though I love some of his very early realistic stuff. And does Picasso care what I think of him? Guess not...even if he was still alive...
    All I mean is work for yourself and from your heart and compare yourself to others not to berate your own work but to learn.
    I love the saw blade idea, perfect for a tourist area, people love something unusual and local they can pop in their bags without spending buckets of money on it. Good luck, post them when you're done!
        10-09-2009, 05:41 PM
    Toadflax~it's funny because I really don't care for Picasso that much either...but it sure is a good quote =)
        10-10-2009, 06:00 PM
    Awe, I just read your little blurb about me and toadflax. I am very flattered!!! I have always loved the softness of your drawings.

    I agree with toadflax that this is by far your most mature piece so far. I LOVE how you drew the nostril. It looks so much more 3D than some of your earlier drawings. I struggled for a very long time with nostrils and have only just recently become satisfied with how I draw them.

    I can see some of the proportional issues othef people are seeing and without seeing the drawing in person it is difficult for me to tell if the drawing really is out of proportion or if the angle at which you took the picture is off.

    It looks to me like you did take the picture at a bit of an odd angle, therefore skewing the proportions. I have learned the hard way that if I don't take the picture exactly pointing straight at the drawing, the proportions look way off. That's why I scan drawings whenever possible, but unfortunately for the bigger pieces, I must take a picture. Just lending a little advice about taking pictures of drawings, because I think your drawing probably looks more proportional than the image is suggesting.

    Can't wait to see the finished product. :)
        10-11-2009, 12:18 AM
    Thanks Liz = ) And I really appreciate the advice on taking pictures of drawings. That helps a lot. I haven't actually worked on or even looked at this one since Monday since I've been housesitting for my great aunt and uncle...I've become the 'housesitter' recently, every other weekend it seems! So I really don't remember if the drawings actually is a bit unproportioned or if it's the angle. But tonight's my last night here so I'll be back to normal life tomorrow. Can't wait! So thanks again.
    By the was the honeymoon??? Where did you go? It actually snowed here today. Well, I spent the day in cedar rapids, an hour away from home and it was snowing a lot there...not sure what it did here at home. But it's too early for that! Fall is my season, and we haven't had a decent fall yet this year. I am so not ready for winter! So hopefully you went somewhere nice = )
        11-11-2009, 11:38 AM
    It's been forever but~

    So it's been a really really long time since I've been able to sit down and do some drawing. Life is so crazy! And it's already November...
    So anyways, I started some blending and layering but before I got too far I wanted to ask for any last minutes critiques. I know the ears/forehead were brought up before. I tweaked them a little bit, so let me know what you think.
    It's kinda one of those speak now or forever hold your peace
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