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02-20-2007, 04:17 PM
Class 9, 10 & 11 Review

In the past three classes, we have been learning how to draw clouds, rocks and water. In this review we are going to give you an opportunity to do a few more exercises to hone in your skills.

Here are some review tips:

1. Convert the image to greyscale. This will help you 'see' the range of grey values better. (If you need assistance in converting images to greyscale - please ask!!)

2. Try adding a sky or clouds to the image for creativity. Add a horizon line where needed. Be sure to define the light source on the clouds so it is the same as the reference photo.

3. Work on differentiating "textures" that will define sky, water or rocks.

4. Express yourself. Use your own artistic style or experiment with your own textures to achieve the level of realism you want to express.

The techniques that have been explained in these classes were provided to get you started. Landscapes can easily intimidate because of the complexity of the subject matter. BUT once you get over the hurdle of how to "dissect" a landscape - the possibilities and subject matter become endless!

5. Most importantly - have fun!!!

Judi (our fantastic moderator :thumbsup: ) has been so kind to choose a variety of photo references from the WC image library to select from. I will be available to answer questions or offer suggestions!!



rocks and water only:


water and sky:


water only:


Stay tuned for the next drawing lesson starting March 19th - Class 13 Drawing "Trees"!!! :wave:



02-20-2007, 07:11 PM
Hi Diane!

This will be really fun!
And such a wonderful array of choices!:lol: :evil: :D :angel:

We so appreciate your time you spend here creating these great Classes!:clap: :clap: :clap:
I am really looking looking forward to doing this one as well! It will be such fun to see how far we have come in this short amount of time-and making them all work together.

Thanks again! Come on gang! As soon as you feel comfortable with the lessons in Class 9, 10 and 11-Jump in!

02-20-2007, 07:18 PM
the question is ...which one to start with ...good selections judi!!!! i still have assignment 3 to go in water...but..some of these are pretty tempting...tyree:clap: :wave:

02-21-2007, 07:30 AM
thankyou I too am still too finish my water 3 assingment . its harder than you think trying too do it from your own picture , but i am looking forward too doing this one too . jasmine

02-22-2007, 01:45 AM
HI how do you do grayscale ? thankyou . jasmine

02-22-2007, 07:46 AM

Do you have a photo editing software? Usually there is a feature that allows you to change your photo from color to greyscale.

Most printers also let you print in black & white.

Let me know which image you would like to use and I'd be happy to convert it for you and post it.


02-23-2007, 02:48 AM
thankyou Diane the pic I would like too do is cresendo . is that ok ? also can I go too the rocks and do that class or is it too late? I know you have done it earlyer this year but im so enjoying this class . thankyou so much jasmine

02-23-2007, 05:03 AM
ps I have done this amazing ive found out how too do it all by myself . im very proud of me lol thanks . jasmine im still finishing the review .

02-23-2007, 06:51 AM

Here you go!!!

02-23-2007, 07:54 PM
Hello class Ive picked my subject for the review, have started working it and should be posting progress in a couple of days. J

frieda L
02-26-2007, 03:41 PM
great idea to play with water/rocks/clouds for a few weeks! Judi those are all exceptional pictures!
I was already working on the next one, maybe it belongs more in the water class, as we had to pick a favorite picture that we never thought we'd have the courage to do... here is mine.
At first sight, do you go "what the...?" or can you tell it is an attempt at water, or foam, rather.:evil:
I kept swinging between the " I want to do this as realistically as I can" attitude and the "is this even a worhwhile exercise, am I missing the boat on the "interpreting" part?"
Also cannot decide whether to continue and put another round into this, or should I have quit 10 hours ago?
the ref...

looking forward to seeing all the landscapes everyone comes up with...


02-26-2007, 08:57 PM
Hi Frieda!:wave:
Glad you are working on this! Good job so far!:thumbsup: Very challenging ref you chose to! Kudos to ya!:clap:
Me too-but nothing much to show yet:o .

I think you are doing a great job! The thing I think is missing is more direction of the water flow that indicats the left to right direction and some more values/transitions.
Look at these:




02-27-2007, 10:16 PM
:wave: frieda...excellent start on this...dont give it up...!!!! tyree:wink2: scrappie... that looks like an interesting challenge!!!

02-27-2007, 10:20 PM
I think im going to take a shot at the water/sky photo...its the only one up there in the images..if you would like to see what its suppose to look like:lol: tyree:wave:

02-27-2007, 11:03 PM
:) This is a start what do you think of it ? can you give me some tips please how I can do better ? jasmine

02-27-2007, 11:07 PM
think this is the original pic

02-27-2007, 11:15 PM
any help please apricated , thanks jasmine

02-27-2007, 11:23 PM
hi jasmine!!! you have some great strong darks...and a good forceful splash going...your like me..i love the striking contrasts...ive had to force myself to give my landscapes more tonals!! good start on yours and im looking forward to seeing more of your work!!!! tyree:clap:

02-28-2007, 11:43 AM
Wow, I still have to finish assignment 3 in class 11, am I getting too far behind? Will try to find time to finish assignment 3 in class 11, later today...sorry.:o

02-28-2007, 12:27 PM
:D tammy..im still working on my assignment 3 also...but i went ahead and picked another one here to do!!! may start it sometime today...tyree:wave:

02-28-2007, 11:12 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Feb-2007/65063-review_water_1.jpg here is the start of my water/sky ...i havent started the sky yet:p its about 3 hours time..with 4h and 2b staedtler pencils on smooth bristol...will be working on those distant mountains too...but...its a start...c and c's are welcomed...tyree:wave:

02-28-2007, 11:21 PM
Diane I have posted a start in the clouds is it too late too do this ? thanks jasmine

03-01-2007, 07:43 PM
Hey Susan-That is looking WONDERFUL!!!!! :clap: :clap: How large is this?

03-01-2007, 08:58 PM

You have a nice splash going there! I like the overall composition and placement of your rocks. You have strong values and you aren't afraid of your darks...which is good.

How can you do better? I would concentrate on your pencil strokes. While you have the values nice and dark - I can see the direction of your pencil strokes. Try using shorter, more random strokes, or perhaps small circular strokes when drawing the rocks. This creates a texture and creates more 3-dimensionality.


03-01-2007, 08:59 PM

Beautiful work! I love the waves. I can just feel them as they move towards to the shore. NICE JOB!!

03-02-2007, 05:39 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Mar-2007/65063-review_watersky_2.jpg added more dark to sky and caps in waves...judi..its an odd size 4.5x9...thanks diane!!! tyree

03-03-2007, 10:03 AM
Wow, I still have to finish assignment 3 in class 11, am I getting too far behind? Will try to find time to finish assignment 3 in class 11, later today...sorry

Tammy Jo...take your time. These classes are on-going so everyone can go at their own pace!!!

Tyree - great job!!

03-03-2007, 10:19 AM
For anyone who is interested, I have started a thread in the main D/S of a Barn Commission that I am currently working on. I figured I should share a WIP practicing what I've been preaching....



03-03-2007, 06:42 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Mar-2007/65063-review_water_3.jpg i worked on the sky and dark high lights in water today...needs something ..but dont know what:confused: :p this is the crop that ive decided to use for it..tyree

03-04-2007, 05:43 PM
Susan-your darks are really paying off here! Such a lovely moonlit night is what I see.:clap: :clap:

Well work has kept me at bay here-then DH has been really ill-though today he seems somewhat better. He ate 3 cookies!:evil:

I am back to it this afternoon some and made this drawing half the size as usually so perhaps that will help me catch up some. This is barely 20% done.:(

frieda L
03-05-2007, 02:11 PM
jasmine, great start, and you got great advice from Diane,
tyree, that is amazing, you've got this water class mastered! I will watch how you finish this... I think it will help give a new direction to the one I am doing.
Judi, this 20% is great already, the 100 percent will be outstanding! Hope hubby is better,...

here is a follow up of the one I started... have been diddling with it, changed some of the waterflow (thank you, Judi, for that advice)... tones I am stuck with, the reference is pure whitewater, of course without darks, there are no whites, is what I am trying to convince myself.
I think I am ready to move on to another one, but I do feel that it could be taken to a higher level... if I knew how.

03-05-2007, 07:59 PM
There is definitely some beautiful work here!! Kudos to all!! :clap:

I am posting a piece I have been working on since Rocks. I selected a beautiful photo posted by atapaz fin the RIL or my rock ref. Then I decided since I was falling behind I could catch up by posting it in the water lesson.:cool:

Well here it is in the Review which should let me catch up on 102 and jump over to pastels even if I am a bit tardy.

This is on 9x12 Bristol using .5mm 2B and HB as well as 2mm leads in 2B, HB, H, 2H and 4H. Total time is well over 100 hours.

Seriously I want to offer many thanks to Diane and Mike Sibley for sharing their techniques in graphite and to JayD, Judi, Mary, Sultry and all the subbies for helping me learn patience .....as well as how to draw. :thumbsup:


03-06-2007, 05:54 AM
wow thats great jim. jasmine

03-06-2007, 06:02 AM
thankyou diane and tyree for your help . I will try and do smaller strokes . thanks jasmine

03-06-2007, 06:04 AM
thankyou frieda thats great what you did too.

03-06-2007, 02:43 PM
frieda...your work has such originality and style to it..i love it!!! joe..really masterful work!!! bravo...jasmine...your welcome..tyree:wave:

03-06-2007, 02:45 PM
judi...wonderful 20% it tis too!!! love those clouds!!! tyree:wink2:

Vincent 22
03-06-2007, 10:57 PM
Joe, nice to see you catching up! Your rocks rock, and the water is just incredible. so realistic, especially the flowing water. Also great tones, darks, lights, I'll bet you will get an A+++ for this.:clap:

thanks for your comments, jasminerose and tyree, you're too kind:wave:
frieda (logged in as my son... again:rolleyes: )

03-07-2007, 06:06 PM
Joe Nice tones its one of those you keep looking at great drawing.:clap:
Tyree Beautiful waves.:wave:

03-07-2007, 07:15 PM
Jasmine - Thanks for the kind words.

Tyree - You are very kind.

freida aka Vincent 22 - Thanks for the kind words...and high grade!

Scrappie - Thank you!


03-07-2007, 11:57 PM
Not much to look at, slow going on this one.:eek: size 8x10


03-08-2007, 08:25 AM
I used one of the reference images on the list, but added clouds in the sky. I think the sky should be lighter, but then the clouds would not show. Is the water too light for the sky? This is 8.5" x 6x".

03-08-2007, 01:15 PM
Here's my review assignment.. Take care....http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Mar-2007/71359-classroomreview91011graphie.jpg

03-08-2007, 02:20 PM
scrappie...slow is best on this kind of work..i feel..great soft start on yours!!! connie...ooohh dark!!! your water is fab!!!!! tammy..what a great job youve done on the tonals in the sky and those rocks!!! tyree:wave:

03-11-2007, 12:20 AM
Update on the review assignment welcome C&C.


03-12-2007, 12:20 AM
scrappie...wow:eek: ..youve done alot more work...its really coming along beautifully too..such great darks..glad your showing it as a wip...tyree:wave: :clap:

03-18-2007, 12:24 AM


03-18-2007, 12:30 AM
scrappie...that is just beautiful!!!! great values...the water is powerful..that black in the bg just sets it off!!! I think youve done a really wonderful piece...you should be quite pleased!!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: tyree

04-07-2007, 08:35 PM
I've just started on the Rocks Clouds and Water classes so will be awhile befor I get here. Just dropped in to see how every one is doing.

Joe; That water of yours is soooooo realistic that I thought I could reach out with a glass and get some and your rocks WOOOOOW!!!

Connie; I think that all your tones are great for a full moon light picture even the wonderful water.

Scrappie: words just do not seem adequate for your picture just WONDERFUL

Peggy from Trees