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  • #9300
    Anonymous
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    Jumping in to start this thing off. Nothing scanned to post yet, but now I am one step closer to showing some stuff. I have had a quick look around and it is good to see lots of nice work. I mainly sketch away in my books, and do oil paintings. I have discovered my favourite drawing technique is identified by Matt in his beginning videos – chicken scratching! Back soon hopefully with a pic or two.

    Cheers, Chris

    #9302
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    My first exercises here, trying continuous line exercise. I used a black col-erase pencil but I find them too light for me. I shall look for another tool. On my screen the scan looks a bit blue.

    First one is playing with continuous line on printer paper; future practice should also work on variable lines more.

    Second sketch is in my Hahnemuhle journal. The paper is tough, but soft. The pencil dug in too much and only left a pale tone for me. Based on Matt’s photo of museum statue. Focusing on the continuous line technique, could have put a bit more hip in there I think. Perhaps I will try this one again with other materials.

    #9306
    Marjan Van der Donk
    Participant

    Nice start! Love the looseness of the drawings. And yes, the Col-erase are nothing as black as charcoal f.i. I limited myself toe graphite and later on Col-erase per Matt’s advice in his step by step course. That really helped me to learn to build up all the values, taught me patience and subtleties. So hang on there! On my quest for deep blacks in graphite, I was surprised to find really nice 9B pencils et cetera. So it’s worth experimenting with that.

    #9310
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Thanks Marjan. I usually use pens so my regular sketches are not subtle. I will be using graphite for a while to work on my patience. I am hoping Matt’s slow and steady ways will rub off on me. I will need to try some other paper with the col-erase pencils as well.

    Cheers, Chris

    #9311
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    A ballpoint pen sketch after old Master Bronzino, I think.

    #9319
    Lucille Kreps
    Participant

    wow Chris – nice work! I love how you’ve got this ‘not using straight lines’ thing down : )
    Something I struggle with alot in my own stuff. I envy your organic curvy lines!

    Nice ballpoint sketch : )

    #9321
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Thanks Lucille. It’s easier when I copy the old masters, they knew what they were doing.

    Basics practice, trying out pencils and pens as well. Practicing continuous lines, varying lines, some tone and gradation stuff, and more.

    First image of two figures is continuous line exercise in my A5 size sketchbook – I probably should keep these simpler to get more mileage. Leave tone more for later study. References from an old book.

    Other images are printer paper doodles, which can be relaxing. Too easy to go on autopilot though!

    Cheers, Chris

    #9462
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Still moving my pencils and pens…no sign that I am losing my scratchy ways, but at least I am sometimes focusing on improving my line etc. Slowly does it, I don’t want to throw out any good with the bad!

    Image 1: drawing shapes from life (shapes I could see while sitting sketching, eg parts of furniture, dog, all overlapped with other stuff) and then trying to duplicate them. I find this gives me much more interesting shapes than I can make up, and maybe it even gives me more practice seeing shapes.

    Image 2: sketchbook pages, one continuous line sketch of an old plaster cat sitting on the floor, that isn’t really this fat. I can try this again I think, with a bit more care. The other page is a bit of fun.

    Image 3: sketchbook pages, fountain pen sketch of a Rembrandt etching, and notes from my first critique by Matt. Implementing them is a WIP.

    Image 4: sketchbook pages, pen to paper, continuous line exercises from DTO reference. Obviously still not incorporating Matt’s critique suggestions! After I had done the layin of the right head I realised all the features were on the wrong alignment, so roughly fixed them up. Note to self, slow down and focus.

    Now to make sure I have something done for the next critique.

    Cheers, Chris

    #9659
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Hi all,

    Gotta turn up! I feel like I am slackening off and i have barely started here at DTO.

    Posting two doodle / continuous line /whatever sketch pages (A4 and A3 size), trying other pencils and warming up. And two more spreads from my A5 size sketchbook, more pen stuff.

    Cheers, Chris

    #9770
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    An A3 page practising big shapes to help with portraits. I couldn’t stop getting carried away with details. I could probably get more practice if I stick with simple shape of hair/shape of face.

    #9799
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    A couple of sketchbook pages from life. I haven’t done much sketching outdoors lately so that was good too.

    #10024
    Lucille Kreps
    Participant

    thanks for posting all these sketchbook pages – I love looking through them! Lookin’ good!

    #10030
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Thanks for dropping by, Lucille.

    Cheers

    #10032
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    A gaggle of sketches on A3 printer paper (a lot of practice can be had with a ream of this paper!).

    Most are Red chalk ones practising heads, trying to get shape of face/shape of hair mainly. Some I moved on a bit more. I must do lots more of these, I enjoy sketching heads and would like to get better.

    The next one is ballpoint pen playing with rough skeletons. These seem like a good way to start thinking about landmarks on the body. Come on, Chris, do some more!

    The last one is playing with a new medium (for me), a black Prismacolor art stick. I think I like it.

    #10037
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    The last image here…. getting used to this system.

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