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glorius
02-14-2001, 01:52 AM
This is my first post here. (And may I just say I love this place?!) Hopefully it comes out right. I will start with a very rough self-portrait sketch in charcoal during one late night session. I tried somethind new - drawing from my image in the mirror. I kept telling myself to sit still but I didn't listen. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

<center><img src=http://images.honesty.com/imagedata/h/807/16/28071684.gif></center>

The picture quality is not so good as my only way of getting my works into my computer is by videotaping them and freezing a still shot.

I am a self taught artist so please give tips.

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I just draw what I see
GloriusDae

djstar
02-15-2001, 12:55 AM
I am going to ask a question.
I can tell you have the eye to see the likeness, but I want to know how you felt (except for the fidgety model) working from a live image, rather than a photo?
I think, if you are getting into art to stave off the blues, you may want to do the old tried and true sketchbook in public thing.
Make the quick sketches of the faces you see around and compare features, light and emotions.
THEN grab some LESS fidgety friends and see what it feel like.
I am going to bet you may get excited.
Next suggestion is to try the self portrait with two mirrors and see if YOU can see yourself like others.
Play with your pencils or chalks or watercolors and find your favorite and do it until you itch to move on.
dj*

glorius
02-15-2001, 04:30 PM
I've been afraid actually. I am soooo slow that I don't want to make someone sit there as long as I know I'm gonna take. BUT I do know that it only takes experience to learn how to work faster. I would really like to go out sometimes and sketch people sitting in a park or walking by. Mostly just to get out of the house. Right now I am a stay-at-home mom, so at the present my opportunities to just relax in the park and sketch are slim. Someday soon, though...

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I just draw what I see
GloriusDae

KaTee
02-15-2001, 07:47 PM
Glorius
Welcome to wetcanvas and congratulations on making your first posting. It gets easier http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

Although it is a bit difficult to tell from the image, IMHO this is good for a first attempt (much better than my first attempt at a self portrait which looked nothing like me)
You seem to have achieved some good values.

As for opportunities for sketching, if you don't manage to get out of the house much, then draw what is around you, simple things, fruit, vegetables, children, the view from your windows etc. and being a stay at home mum, sounds like you may have a 'model' already on hand.

Have you joined the february daily sketch project, I find that I MAKE time to do a sketch, even on the days I am at work (for 13 and half hours) I will do a quick one (5 mins) when I get home and am sat having a coffee.

I am looking forward to seeing more of your work.

Take care

Karen http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

glorius
02-15-2001, 08:32 PM
KaTee, I keep hearing talk around here of "the projects." What exactly...? Tell me more. If there is a sort of program to join and make a sketch a day I'd be all for it. It would be just the thing I need to discipline myself. Thanks!

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I just draw what I see
GloriusDae

KaTee
02-16-2001, 05:54 PM
Glorius

Here is how to get to the projects (hope my directions are ok)

Go to the Main front page of wetcanvas.
In the first column (community?) and in there you will find 'Art Projects'.
Click on that and it takes you to the main page of the art projects for wetcanvas.
There are currently 32 projects for you to choose from, you will need a hour or so to go through them all, but in there you will find one called 'February Sketchbook'. All the details are there for you to read.

I find it does discipline me into drawing every day, even if I can only manage a quick 5 minutes. I also find it useful and enjoyable, browsing through what everyone else is doing.

The sketchbook project initially started as a January sketchbook project, but fortunately Sue Ellen started a Feb one, hopefullly, we will have one for each month.

I have a little pocked sized hardback sketchbook, which I now carry everywhere with me, so that if I have a few minutes spare, I can quickly get it out. It also means you get practice at a variety of subjects, possibly some you wouldn't normally have thought of doing.

Don't forget to register on the projects main page (using your Wetcanvas name and password) otherwise the system doesn't know who you are.

The good thing about uploading images to the projects is that you don't have to go the th ritique centre like you do for the forums, it is all done from the project page.

Hope you find it and join up, its good fun.

Looking forward to seeing your daily sketches http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

Take care

Karen http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

glorius
02-16-2001, 09:15 PM
Thanks Bev. I found them last night. I would really like to join, but right now I have no device to get my sketches into the computer. I was using a video camera, now broken. I would LOVE to have a scanner or digital camera. Hopefully someday soon...

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I just draw what I see
GloriusDae

djstar
02-17-2001, 12:45 AM
I saw an ad out here from Office Max for a decent...as in good enough to post with...camera which, with rebate is like $39.
I still think you would be happier if you could dig around for a scanner under $100. They are to be found. You don't need the huge pixels, I am sure there are some somewhere out there....
PLEASE! We are as anxious as you are for the postings.
dj*