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Hi all. Would love your thoughts on my drawings. Any comments or impressions appreciated.
These are all drawings on Fabriano Ingres paper over the last 6-8 months. Some are Sanguine (deep rust colour) or black Conte stick. The rest are just graphite/charcoal.Thanks for looking.
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Very nice work! I would add that you need to punch up your darks to help
model your forms. Check Rebbecca Kimmels work on this portion of this site.
You'll see what I mean.
Good Job! keep it Up!!
Thanks dude. I will try. I tend to subdue the whites to stop them popping out though. I think it is more to do with the contrast, like Doug said; pushing those darks more. I think then the lights will show up better.
I have been meaning to do a self portrait, I just put it off because I think I would quickly tire of looking at myself for hours.
If you are having trouble with the tonal values try using a photographers grey scale
to help match your values. If you get the chance try going over and checking out
rational painting http://rationalpainting.org/ some really great stuff. I would like to see
you take a couple of your earlier posts and add the darks and show everyone the before
and after pics.
Again, Good job!
Really very nice work!Good drawings.I like this
surprise to see the exact same book I used for my sketch book. I also did draw all those anatomy on mine which looks juust like urs lmao!
Hi Cool. Yeah the bridgeman books are great exercise, plenty of people use his studies in here. No shame in it
Hi Alesoun, On my more finished sketches I work on an easel and use a mahl stick (http://www.artifolk.co.uk/catalog/pr...m?r=froogle)to prevent resting my hand on my work. (Don't let it become a crutch though) and make sure my pencils are sharp. I do smudge with my finger deliberately though when I need to. With sketches, I am pretty rough as it is just for study so smudging doesn't bother me.
Hope this helps
Hope that helps.
Heya- your conte drawings are strong, as is the amount of studies you have up on your sketchbook thread. Good stuff all round
As for your question regarding life drawing classes and Bargue plates on the UK thread, I'd say any life drawing class with extended or multi-session poses are a good start- longer poses allow you to observe carefully and get the drawing accurate enough for more detailed rendering... most of the better sessions even in London tend to be of a longer pose length for that reason.
Bargue plates are also great if you can get your hand on it- sight-size studies help to improve line quality and general drawing skillset. Apart from that, would be interested to see some works in colour from you soon.
Hiya mate, thanks for the kind comments. I have ordered the Bargue book with a view to blowing up the prints and trying that out. I am in need of some colour in my life I agree with you there. All in good time though. Looks like I need to join a life drawing session pretty soon too... we shall see.
Marine Blue's really your all sketches are amazing.
If you go online and find a mindblowingly brilliant sketch which causes you to wonder whether it is a photo or not it is usually because that image has 5 or more levels of value.
Get the Bargue plates and your skills will rapidly improve.
And trust me - drop the gradient paper, all it does with mid-value sketches is make them two-dimensional.
Hi. Thanks for the advice. Funnily enough I have recently received the Charles Bargue Drawing Course by Gerald Ackerman. I am going to begin with some copies in the next day or two and see how I develop. Interesting advice about the paper too. I notice the book recommends only a slight tooth, looking forward to seeing how that turns out.
the only thing stopping me is I am not too sure how to proceed with charcoal. It is a very fluid medium that I only use as a foundation. Any tips on how to create a resolved image with it?
Thanks for the heads up.
James, I might suggest a paper like stonehenge or strathmore bristol vellum ( light tooth) or Canson recycled Bristol ( vellum) - slight tooth and to use graphite for some Bargue studies. Good luck!
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If u are really into portraits, I would really recommend going deep into studying the skull. If u can, get one of the cast skull or other casts on the David's facial features. They are a great help in learning the structure of the face and will certainly complement your brague studies.
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Thanks for the tips. I do have a skull, but I admit, I have not done a huge amount of studies from it. I am yet to begin my Bargue studies, so I will try to fit all that in. Unfortunately I am not a student and I work full time, so it takes a fair bit of commitment.
By the way, very solid development on your work, I was just checking your thread.
Been trying to get used to Oil paint more recently. Finding it difficult as I am using cheap canvas that is quite slippery. Any suggestions would be appreciated and more importantly comments/crits on the work.
It is pretty quick stuff and I know I need to tighten up but it is more a focus on tone and I guess the emotive (at least in the portraits) its not the best but its a start...
I posted one earlier but decided to add more to my old thread of work.
More to follow.
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