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New to art
« on: November 22, 2013, 04:45:30 PM »
I have never had any formal lessons of any kind from these pictures could you tell me where to start my lessons from?
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Re: New to art
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2013, 08:42:43 PM »
Hi Ladyeight!

You have some pretty impressive stuff here!  You have a very strong grasp on the use of graphite as well as creating a full range of value in your drawings.  Very, very strong. 

Have you done any work in color?  I think that your mark making may be suited for colored pencils or oil pastel.  If you haven't done much with color, that's where I'd start.  (I think your drawing skills with graphite are already pretty strong.)  Here are a few colored pencil tutorials...http://thevirtualinstructor.com/colored-pencil-drawing-tutorials.html

If you are wanting to stick with graphite, I'd try some figure drawing.  Figure drawing can be a very rewarding challenge.  Here are some of the figure drawing tutorials...http://thevirtualinstructor.com/figure-drawing-painting-tutorials.html and portraiture...http://thevirtualinstructor.com/portrait-drawing-painting-tutorials.html

Excellent work!

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Re: New to art
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2013, 10:11:17 PM »
I have only been drawing for a couple of months now. So I really haven't done a whole lot with color, the first time I tried to use color it didn't turn out very well at all. I got super frustrated and went to graphite and I love the realism I can do with graphite but I can't seem to get the hang of distances. Any advice to get a better grasp of the far away verses the close by. My confidence level isn't very high so I think that keeps me from trying color again and figure drawing. The compliment from you about these few pictures helps a lot. So Thank you very much.

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Re: New to art
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2013, 11:26:04 PM »
Wow!  Only a couple of months!  You have incredible skill!  I am very impressed. 

To create the illusion of space, there are six things that you can do.  By combining them all, the illusion of space is amplified. 

Here they are...

1. Overlapping
2. Placement on the surface - (Objects that are closer are typically lower on the picture plane)
3. Size - (Objects that are further away appear smaller)
4. Detail - (Objects that are further away are less detailed)
5. Color / Value - (Objects that are further away are typically lighter in value and cooler in color temperature - Also called "atmospheric perspective")
6. Perspective - (1 point, 2 point, and 3 point)

I've put each of these methods in a short video here...http://thevirtualinstructor.com/space.html

I hope this helps. :D

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Re: New to art
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2013, 08:48:55 PM »
Thank you very much!
After watching one of the figure tutorials I think I will try my hand at figure drawing. Thank you again!