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General Discussion / Re: Motivation block and fear
« Last post by Pam Stork on Today at 06:54:20 AM »
You have received some excellent advice, all I can add is what IS there to be afraid of really? As Matt says, it's just a piece of paper, some time and supplies. So what if it looks like a Picasso gone wrong? I know where you are at, I was there until I found Matt and this site, now I just draw anything and if it looks a little bit like the reference photo, I'm rapt. If it doesn't, I shove it in the cupboard, but I don't throw it away, and I always try to finish each piece. Although I have to admit, landscapes are not my forte, and I have recently put an unfinished drawing away ... temporarily ... until I do Matt's landscape lessons, then I'll drag it back out and see if I have improved enough to do it justice. If I don't, so what? I learnt something in the process and the time is never really wasted, not if I have enjoyed myself, which I always do. If I had the materials on hand, then I have put them to use. If I had to buy something specially for a project, that's okay too, because I'd rather have a not-so-good drawing sitting in the cupboard than a heap of blank paper and brand new unused pencils/paints, etc. laying around. I guess it's getting older that makes you stress less about your art, and perhaps life, because it's only been in the last few years that I have been able to put my art into perspective - it's for enjoyment - not for making money or putting food on the table - it's just pure indulgence - for me - just for me. Good luck with your drawing of Willy. I'm sure it will be worthy of your time and effort. Would love to see the picture, finished, or not. Cheers, Pam
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General Discussion / Re: Motivation block and fear
« Last post by Daniel Y on Today at 03:40:51 AM »
My best tip, Start another drawing. The more you draw the more you will feel your intuition is reliable. you will find you did something in one drawing that needs to be done in one you are afraid to continue with. proving to yourself you can do it. Better yet but still the same sort of ide. practice specifically what it is you need to do in your final piece. take another piece of paper and draw the portions you have left. do it again if necessary. until you see you are doing it the way you want it to look in your drawing. This one I actually so obvious to me it actually makes my jaw drop when I don't see it suggested.  Nope just forge on ahead blindly. that has always proven to be a reliable choice. How do you get better at anything? Practice. So practice.
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Share Your Art / Re: First Oil Pastel Portrait. Need some advice
« Last post by izzychase on August 17, 2017, 04:23:46 PM »
Soooo, I did some experimenting, and came up with what seems to me a solution I should have thought of.  I am going to chalk (hehe) this miss up to my inexperience with working in color.

What I initially tried to do was take browns and yellows out of my box and apply them over the blue.  Blue being an extremely powerful color pulled them toward blue thus resulting in the green tint. 

So after some studying on elementary color theory, It appears that the way to mix browns is by adding two complimentary colors.  Looking at my color wheel I see directly across from blue is orange.  Like magic, when I add bright orange, I get brown close to the darker color of the hair in my painting.  It requires a little adjustment, but with a few other orange-ish hues, I can get the full range of browns and blonds found in kylee's hair. 

I couldn't get a snapshot of the color sample small enough to post in the reply, sorry.  I really wanted to show it as it was shocking how bright the orange that solved the problem was.  Yall will just have to believe me and wait for the finished product. :)

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Suggest and Share / Art Shows, Etc.
« Last post by Humburger on August 17, 2017, 01:30:56 PM »
I would love to have a class or article or whatever that teaches about how to go about displaying or showing your art in the community.  I know nothing about any of it.  There are galleries and shows and fests and other things in my community, but I am totally ignorant about how to even stick my toe in the water.  I want to do it and I am being encouraged to do it, but how do I go about it?  I have attempted to reach out, but sometimes people are very snobbish about it and it is difficult to break through the wall.  I suppose they all must have had their first time, but it seems that once you are in (and it must have been a difficult process) then you are one of the elite and there is no room for anyone else.  I know that it is possible.  Do I have to build my own gallery?  Yikes!  I may as well cut off my ear and move into my cave.  (Oh, the drama!)  LOL!  Seriously, how do we go about showing our artwork?

Thank you. :)
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Share Your Art / Re: Portraits
« Last post by Humburger on August 17, 2017, 01:21:40 PM »
Wow.  Thanks everyone for the nice comments.  I have done many more since this post.  But, right now, I am struggling to get back in the groove.  I need to complete a portrait of my father and then move on.  Sometimes, it is so hard.  Emotions get in the way.  LOL!  Thanks, again, for the encouragement.  It is nice to have a place to interact with others on the same journey.  :-)

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Share Your Art / Re: Zooey Deschanel
« Last post by Humburger on August 17, 2017, 01:19:13 PM »
Daniel, that is very nice.  Although, it is all beautiful, my favorite part is the blouse.  Lovely rendering. 
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Share Your Art / Zooey Deschanel
« Last post by Daniel Y on August 17, 2017, 03:42:58 AM »
Zooey Deschanel
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Graphite / Re: Which paper should I use?
« Last post by Daniel Y on August 17, 2017, 03:28:01 AM »
I was a bit off in my description of what paper is what.IN regard to Bristol. it indicates it is a multi ply paper. in addition to Vellum and smooth you will also find Medium, Hot press and Cold press. By far the most recommended paper I have seen is Strathmore 300 series. One of those recommendations comes from a professional that I also have the ability to discuss that choice. Some of the reasons for finding other paper unsatisfactory have been. will not withstand erasing, fibers lifting off the surface, off color, not correct texture, inconsistent quality, lack of acid free, among others. I am currently working with two commonly used Bristol Vellums. Canson and Strathmore 300 series. I am also trying out Blick brand Bristol Vellum. I pretty much only buy Vellum now because if you use the back side it is very similar to smooth. The only other paper I use is Marker Paper for small portraits.
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Share Your Work From the Tutorials / Re: Module 8,9,10 Matt's Dog
« Last post by fiveinthehive on August 17, 2017, 03:23:11 AM »
I love his eyes. Well done all round. I am about to give Willy a try. Should be a challenge, I hope my drawing turns out half as good as yours. Keep up the great work.

Thanks so much Pam it was definitely a challenge, I didn't think I could do it but happy with the result.
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Share Your Work From the Tutorials / Re: Module 8,9,10 Matt's Dog
« Last post by fiveinthehive on August 17, 2017, 03:21:35 AM »
This is awesome. I like his fur and mouth the best

Thanks so much  :)
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