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10-31-2007, 05:06 PM
For November's Challenge, go to the Mail Room and study your choice, one or all of them. http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=453599 or pick your own mail.......
Then post here your results. If you want an extra challenge, add texture. :wave: Have a good time. Any media is welcomed! Nickel & the WC! Challenge Groupies :clap: :clap: :clap:

10-31-2007, 07:15 PM
Thank you so much Nickel.

I would like to share a poem dedicated to man.

The Blind Men and the Elephant

American poet John Godfrey Saxe
based the following poem
on a fable which was told in India
many years ago.

The Blind Men and the Elephant

It was six men of Indostan
To learning much inclined,
Who went to see the Elephant
(Though all of them were blind),
That each by observation
Might satisfy his mind

The First approached the Elephant,
And happening to fall
Against his broad and sturdy side,
At once began to bawl:
"God bless me! but the Elephant
Is very like a wall!”

The Second, feeling of the tusk,
Cried, “Ho! what have we here
So very round and smooth and sharp?
To me ‘tis mighty clear
This wonder of an Elephant
Is very like a spear!”

The Third approached the animal,
And happening to take
The squirming trunk within his hands,
Thus boldly up and spake:
"I see,” quoth he, the Elephant
Is very like a snake!”

The Fourth reached out an eager hand,
And felt about the knee.
“What most this wondrous beast is like
Is mighty plain,” quoth he;
“ ’Tis clear enough the Elephant
Is very like a tree!

The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,
Said: "E'en the blindest man
Can tell what this resembles most;
Deny the fact who can
This marvel of an Elephant
Is very like a fan!? “

The Sixth no sooner had begun
About the beast to grope,
Than, seizing on the swinging tail
That fell within his scope,
"I see,” quoth he, “the Elephant
Is very like a rope!”

And so these men of Indostan
Disputed loud and long,
Each in his own opinion
Exceeding stiff and strong,
Though each was partly in the right,
And all were in the wrong!

(A Possible) Moral:

So oft in theologic wars,
The disputants, I ween,
Rail on in utter ignorance
Of what each other mean,
And prate about an Elephant
Not one of them has seen!

11-01-2007, 10:43 PM

I finished this sketch yesterday but I have no idea how to approach the hair, what do you think about pasting some cotton wool in that area :lol: :lol: or maybe sisal will be a better product :confused: .

11-01-2007, 11:37 PM
Anghwar OMG, look at Albert! Rock on, now don't add cotton for his hair, poor thing, he just didn't have a comb or a momma......lol. Awesome drawing and your first for the month. I really like his cheeks and lips. I see a softness to his persona that is charming. Then his lack of hair, so far, adds gentleman flair. I tried so hard to get one done today. :( Just not in the cards. Tomorrow I own you two. ps I like the poem. thanks

11-02-2007, 02:26 AM
Thank you Nickel, I always thought Albert had a soft sweet nature, I am glad if I was able to at least portray that! Tomorrow I will try to tackle the hairdo - oh I know a pony tail or braid perhaps :-).

Selahs art
11-02-2007, 03:38 AM

very nice work so far.


11-02-2007, 12:33 PM
mail room post # 32
Paul Ehrlich


11-02-2007, 12:37 PM
mail room post #39
Rubens St Sebastian


11-02-2007, 12:57 PM
Phew I found you guys here.

Gulp - are we to draw one mail per day?? I'm already behind!!

Anghwar - you drew Albert!! I like all the character lines (wrinkles)
Nickel - you drew another scientist! Yay! Love his glasses part-way down his nose :) What size are your two paintings?

11-02-2007, 06:50 PM
EP thank you, the challenge is TEXTURE not one mail a day (I hope) :D

Nickel I adore Paul Ehrlich so professorish, the strokes in the beard and hair is yummy, and I liked the placement of your portrait in a circle in your Rubens painting.


11-02-2007, 10:13 PM
:clap: :clap: wow...these are great...~~~anghwar..he looks like a kind gent...very nice..especially the eyes...~~~nickel...ooohhh i like those pinks and greens together...e x c e l l e n t !!! tyree

11-02-2007, 10:51 PM
Thank you Tyree, you are too kind.

11-03-2007, 12:03 AM
Hi Ladies, EP, yes you have to paint all the mail!!!!!!!!!!

haha, only kidding :lol:

The size I'm doing is small, 4x4 inches or so.
I'm going to try and do as many as I can.

Hi Anghwar, thank you, you are right, the challenge is texture.
I'm glad you like the circle,
for some reason I like to put my Ruben studies in circles.

So what are you using on Albert cotton or sisel?:evil: :wave:

Hi Susan, you are our classical jewel. :thumbsup:
Glad you liked the pink & green!

Hi Retha, I hope you get to join us in sorting the mail! :wink2: :wave:

:) See ya later, Nickel

11-03-2007, 03:49 PM
Here's the first mail delivery. I wanted to practice sketching in ink using only diagonal lines, all parallel. On the last fellow, Alfred Nobel, I tried to add his hair with diagonals running the other direction and I don't like the result.

Anyhow, here are four pieces of mail, in my fountain pen, in my sketchbook.

Eduard Buchner, John Dalton, Mendeleeff, and Alfred Nobel.



11-03-2007, 04:01 PM
EP Alright! You got a roll going on. I like the diagonal and the last one on Nobel is cute, It's kind of like a I should have know that moment! ;) Mendeleeff is my fav. :) Nickel

11-03-2007, 04:07 PM

mail room # 11
Lumière brothers
Auguste Marie Louis Nicholas and Louis Jean, filmakers

11-03-2007, 04:08 PM

mail room # 6

11-03-2007, 04:09 PM

mail room #29
Winslow Homer

11-04-2007, 03:09 PM
Nickel - thank you. Those Lumiere brothers look like they really enjoy good jokes. Your Rodin looks like he's too cheap to wear a scarf around his neck so he just keeps growing his beard :) I like the mustache in your Winslow Homer.

Another mail delivery. Fountain pen in my sketchbook.

Louis Pasteur, van der Waals
Einsten, done twice because the first attempt he looked like Charlie Chaplin
Tsar Nikolai



11-04-2007, 07:08 PM
EP! Thanks, lol, you've been ease dropping in my studio:D
The things said in there......well ..........I'm not telling :wink2:

Your sketches are adorable! You caught the personalities real good!
My best pick this time is van der Waals followed by a toss up between
Tsar Nikolai and Ghandi.

I think we should find some more mail for the mail room next week.
I did find one so will post it. Check it out!

oh and this is interesting, man from mars or what was the name of that book men are from venus? or was that mars?




Different types of fur texture on velour

WIP...wood and metal textures

Texture tutorial digital

:) Nickel

11-04-2007, 08:47 PM
Double post

11-04-2007, 08:50 PM
Nickel, Nickel, Nickel are you trying to prove you can pick up more mail than anyone else? :evil: :lol:

I have news for you just look over your shoulder at EP :D

I will let you fight it out as my mail box is empty :lol:

You two have done a great job :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

11-04-2007, 08:58 PM
I have to share THIS MAN nailing another man :D :lol: :evil: :lol: :D :o .

I have recieved more pictures but I think this will explain itself.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Nov-2007/109760-Nailed http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Nov-2007/109760-nailed_1 http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Nov-2007/109760-nailed_2

Some piece of ART!!


11-04-2007, 10:54 PM
Anghwar, awesome art images, and with nails, unbelievable! Wow!
Truely a big art work too! Hope he used rust proof nails!

What country is that? Thanks for showing us! :thumbsup:

Tomorrow is another day, another mail to open :D

:wave: Nickel

11-04-2007, 11:37 PM
Hi folks

After posting the nailed mail, I decided to emulate it sort of. I hammered a load of holes onto a plum mat board 6 x 7, OK so I only did his face (the visible part :D ) then I used a conte crayon to fill in the rest, I had to rub it over the nail holes to make them visible creating quite a mess. Oops this is an older Cyrus.


Just received that mail in the mail today Nickel no idea which country, the web address on the photos is clearly from the middle east but the artist doesn't look as if he is from there. Sorry don't know. If you want the other photos pm me and I can email the mail to you.

BTW I hope this meets the challenge :D

Selahs art
11-05-2007, 12:48 AM
Nickel Love those.

Eyepaint You have been very busy, nice work

Anghwar very innovative..... good work.


11-05-2007, 12:59 AM
Thank you Retha

11-05-2007, 04:41 AM
Added to the mail room

11-05-2007, 07:33 AM
Retha :wave: Thank you!

Anghwar it looks just like nails! :thumbsup:
It looks like a lot of hard work too!

I like the texture in the beard! I think you met the challenge:thumbsup:

Thanks for sending more mail! Awesome! Hugs Nickel

11-05-2007, 12:08 PM
Nickel, Anghwar, and Retha - thank you.

Nickel - thanks for the great links to texture tutorials

Anghwar - those nailing photos showed up for me yesterday once only, and then didn't show up for the rest of the evening. This morning I see them again but who knows if they'll disappear again. In any case that is a stunning work and I see he has a variety of shiny nails and dirty/rusty nails. Love your experimental nail piece. It's like pointilism in reverse.

11-05-2007, 01:28 PM
John William Waterhouse - acrylic on 12 x 16 canvas board, ~ 3 hr.


11-05-2007, 03:26 PM
Nickel, it sure was hard work but a load of fun, yet don't think I try that again, I worked the image from the back so the raised holes would appear on the front, kinda working in the dark not knowing what would happen. I found if you squint really hard it looks like a face :lol: . I used a push pin and a huge hammer. My fingers hurt from gripping the pushpin so I decided to only do the face. Lazy lazy lazy :D .

Ep thank you, I have always liked pointilism but know I don't have the patience to actually attempt it, but after this I may give it a try, won't be as painful:lol: .

Jim I love your Waterhouse he is a very imposing figure, love the colors.


11-05-2007, 07:16 PM
Here is my next one and update of Einstein.




11-05-2007, 07:37 PM
Jim - great portrait. I like this necktie and the handkerchief tucked in his pocket
Anghwar - great update on Al and wow that's a super portrait of Ghandi!!

11-05-2007, 09:37 PM
Jim, hi, welcome to classical forum and our challenge! :wave:
Your Sargent painting is sooooooooooo nice!
I really like the way you have focused your viewer's attention.
I wonder what is on Sargent's mind? You can tell he is thinking.
Thank you for joining us and I hope you will continue.

Anghwar, you are a busy lady! You are so creative.
I really like the lights in Einstein's hair.
It shows me his beautiful complex mind at work. :thumbsup:

With Ghandi, you have show his intense spirit with his eyes.
Very beautiful portraits.

EP glad you liked the links!

:wave: Nickel

11-05-2007, 10:35 PM
EP and Nickel Thank you so much for the nice comments.

Nickel I am still behind by about 6 after the weekend spurt by you and EP, I better catch up. :D

11-06-2007, 07:58 PM
Thought I will share this mail with you. :lol:


Mony G
11-07-2007, 09:55 AM
Hey, Ladies!... Don't you think males are complicated in any field , even as drawings! Females are better! :rolleyes:

Really brave stuff coming in up to now...:thumbsup:

One thing I didn't understand about this challenge though : are we supposed to use the reference photos for our entries or any ones can do? I mean , classical studies of males ... portraits of guys we know ... only faces and whole figures are allowed or even just details?

Have a great day creating males ... oh you females ...:angel:


my Art Diary:

11-07-2007, 10:41 AM
One thing I didn't understand about this challenge though : are we supposed to use the reference photos for our entries or any ones can do? I mean , classical studies of males ... portraits of guys we know ... only faces and whole figures are allowed or even just details?

Hi Mony, if it's male it qualifies as mail :D :wave: so this means your choice is ok, any choice is ok. yours, ours, or his. :)

11-07-2007, 10:44 AM
Anghwar that's a cute picture! :)

11-07-2007, 05:36 PM
Rodin. acrylic on 12 x 18 canvas paper ~1.5 hours.


11-07-2007, 08:46 PM
Jim Nice Rodin, I love the beard.

11-08-2007, 10:45 AM
Hi Jim, I really like the way you painted Rodin. I like best his coat! You really show him as an artist sitting just for a moment to rest from his work. I like that a lot!
I like the color palette you are using. :thumbsup: Nickel

11-08-2007, 01:04 PM
AngW- beautiful likness - the coat texture is good too - wow

Nickel - fun little studies - got me lookin, and lookin' again!

EP - good line studies I like the expression on Buchner -

Here's another take on the confederate soldier uptown statue I did for the sketchcrawl -

11-08-2007, 01:31 PM
Azul, thank you for looking and commenting on my work, funny what you said about Mz Nickel's paintings, I too keep going back and looking at them, as if I want to get to know them.

I like your take on the statue, very colorful.

11-08-2007, 11:15 PM
This is Willard Wigan. He is an artist extraordinaire.


When working on this scale Wigan slows his heartbeat and his breathing dramatically through meditation and attempts to harmonize his mind, body and soul with the Creator. He then sculpts or paints at the centre point between heartbeats for total stillness of hand.

This is David on a pinhead by Wigan after Michelangelo.


If you wish to see more art by Wigan PM me with your email address and I will forward it, art on pinheads and within the eye of a sewing needle, quite amazing.


11-10-2007, 10:09 AM
Amazing! Anghwar, just amazing. How big is his collection of art, lol, I was going to say size wise, but lol by the piece? How does he show it? It's tiny art for sure! Thanks for showing us! :)Nickel

11-10-2007, 03:02 PM
Nickel I have started a brand new link and pasted all the art as well as how he displays his art (you guessed it MICROSCOPES!!:lol: )

here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6218425&posted=1#post6218425)

11-10-2007, 06:45 PM
Anghwar, I looked at the thread! Oh my! God bless him if he even breaths.
:) Nickel

11-10-2007, 09:11 PM
Nickel, I think that he speaks total dedication to one's passion. Glad you enjoyed it.

11-10-2007, 10:38 PM
Isi it proper to use the Wigan foto for a painting?


11-11-2007, 04:04 PM
Hi Jim.

I am sure you can paint him for your own use, but if you wish to avoid any copyright issues you can contact him via the website and ask his permission. I do not know who the photographer was so cannot help you there.


11-11-2007, 10:58 PM
Anghwar, since I've been chided for painting things that are not to be copied in Wet Canvas and since I don't have his website or email address, I'll just tackle one of the other "mails." I just thought his facial features would render themselves well. Thanks anyway.

11-11-2007, 11:38 PM

You can also choose ANY photo from the reference library as well if you are looking for different portraits. You can access the library from "content areas" on the top menu bar from any page. Hope that helps.


11-14-2007, 04:30 AM
I added one more photo to the mail room.

11-15-2007, 12:37 PM
I thought I had commented to this but don't see it posted..oh....the post was way down but here are more comments and some ink drawings

one of Michaelangelo's DAVID and one of November (peasant throwin stick to bring down acorns for pigs) from Limbourg Bros Les Tres Riches Heures Du Duc de Berry but this one was done by Jean Columbe cause the Limbourgs died in a plague before finishing the calendar

Angwar - your einstein is a good reindition- you got the genius/warm/human look he has. What a fun adventure with holes.. LOVE the Gandhi too.....I gotta do some of these.....

EP - your paralell line studies are wondrous the way the personality shows thru that restriction

Nickel - what wonderful color studies - the Lumiere Bro particularly is an animated colorful jaunt & Winslows home grown expression is soo winsome-kinda looks like a pussycat...ha,ha

Plastichie- welcome - Waterhouse looks pretty serious - he is probably trying to figure out how big an aquarium he needs to keep that mermaid .......huummmm Your Rodin is great, a joy to look at again , again again ........very life like

11-15-2007, 12:38 PM
don't know if you will be able to see this but it is the November calendar picture


11-15-2007, 12:38 PM
what's up ???? I am not double clicking but am getting double posted

11-15-2007, 02:01 PM
Azulparsnip, I tried to fix the post, but it won't let me, I thinky something freaky. Sorry, I lost the calendar. I'll try to find it. Nickel

11-15-2007, 02:10 PM
Azulparsnip I don't know what is wrong with the program here.
I can't find your drawings. They disappeared.
I'm sorry will you upload them again?

I'm not going to try and fix nothin else :(

11-18-2007, 02:54 PM
Azul, I do apologize, I didn't know you responded to my contribution, thank you so much for the nice comments. I am waiting to see yours.

11-20-2007, 09:38 AM
Hey! I haven't forgotten about the Mail room
I loved the photo of Carl Gustaf Jung (1875-1961)

loved his face
I will post tonight when I get off work, just finished a WC version of him and have a graphite version I finished last weekend

love all the mails shown here, alot of diversity


11-20-2007, 06:53 PM
Here is Carl:
first in graphite: 5x7 Bristol: Derwent pencils

hen WC: 5x7 140 Lb cp paper, using WN gamboge, Meirmiriblu tiziano and cobalt light


11-20-2007, 07:19 PM
Bonnie, both are very nice, I specially like the graphite. Wish I could conquer WC.

11-21-2007, 10:47 AM
Bonnie your art work is wonderful! Each one has it's unique flavor of your artistic style! Your watercolour is great! How do you do it?

Did you see June is having a program on watercolour here in our project forum? I hope everyone will join.

I could eat eggs with shells on them and not be able to do watercolour but I am going to keep trying them till I can or run out of paint or paper.

I don't know about this program this month everyone seems to have been to busy or didn't like it?

For December, our last challenge, I think we can just do a free for all, pick something that is a challenge and work on that.

I still havent heard from Azul. I am still sorry her pictures got lost. I don't know what happened.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! Nickel

11-21-2007, 10:59 PM
Thank you Nikel, Happy Thanksgiving to you and everyone else.

Mony G
11-22-2007, 04:16 AM
Happy Thanksgiving to you ladies... here we don't celebrate it of course...


waiting for my monthly post here for the challenge I am entering some old "mail " drawing exercises of mine ... this is a graphite study from Freud 's "Brother " portrait


another graphite drawing .. this one is of my painting teacher !

...and last but not the least ... the greatest male of them all...
"God The Almighty!"-graphite copy from Michelangelo- sistina chapel-


I really like artastic's graphite version of the portrait !
I'm sorry I have been missing here so much lately but as all my blog readers must know I am very busy lately painting poinsettias and various Xmas stuff...I'm sorry you consider this thread not too successful .. hope to post in a mail thing before the end of the month , if I can!

11-22-2007, 04:27 AM
Mony, I always do enjoy seeing your work and this is no exception. All three are excellent but I do like your painting teacher.

11-22-2007, 07:10 AM
Nichol: the challenge was great, but I expect there are alot of busy people, coming close to the season ahead, I know for myself I gave up a few WDEs for other projects, loved this project as a way for me to continue with my portrait struggles, wish WC portraitures came as easy to me as graphite studies
Mony , loved your studys very much (especially the teacher)
thanks Angwar for your ever appreciated comments

happy thanksgiving all, (we celebrate in Oct )

11-22-2007, 10:38 AM
Hi ya'll - I been crazy busy - here are the two drawings again. ...I got copies of Gandhi, Durer & Darwin to take to the thanksgiving place - hope to get some drawing done tonight.

Nickel, you got a link to the watercolor class June's doing? Is it too late?

11-22-2007, 10:41 AM
Great work Bonnie, Mony & Artastic - will comment more tommorrow

Here's Michangelo's David & the November page of the Limbourg Bros. pre Renaissance calendar - man throwing a stick to get acorns down for pigs

11-22-2007, 10:43 AM
Nickel, I have really enjoyed this month's topic!!!!! Id be up for another month of mail but that is probably questionable behaviour:lol:

11-22-2007, 03:20 PM
Azul, I love this, the man throwing sticks have so much detail, I like the crosshatching, stippling and lines giving texture and value. David is looking good too.

11-23-2007, 05:26 PM
:clap: :clap: :clap: azul...thats a wonderful looking calendar...and your two sketches of the pig man and david are intricate and so well done...i always enjoy your sketches!!!! ....~~~bonnie...these two portraits are both so well done...i too like anghwar like the graphite, because its such a strong work!!!! ~~~~mony...really great work...love the michelangel..such good intensity in that face!!!! miss nickel...the threads been wonderful, your a terrific hostess!!!! tyree:wink2: :thumbsup: :wave:

11-24-2007, 11:05 AM
Hi Goodmorning everyone and thank you all for being here!
Hope you didn't eat all the Thanksgiving food you could hold like me!
Honest I only ate one plate of food. hehe, just kidding, of course I
went back for more :)

Hi Anghwar! Bonnie, Susan!

Mony great artwork! It' nice to see your work! I like them all!

Azulparsnip, glad you got your pictures here! Awesome work!
Sorry about the glitch!

Here is the link to the Pre-Raphaelites program June put together for us!


:) Nickel

11-24-2007, 05:27 PM
Tyree, Where have you been, nice to see you back. Mz Nickel glad you had a great time at thanksgivin, I am thankful for Wet Canvas and all the wonderful folk in this and the other forums.

11-25-2007, 07:10 PM
I too am thankful for wetcanvas and the friends I've made here

Here is two more males - Ghandi & Charles Darwin (I think this drawing was done by Thomas Nast ?)

Hi Tyree - are you working a job, I find it hard to find time for art & so stay up late some nights drawing etc but the following mornings I feel soooo rested :)

11-25-2007, 09:17 PM
Azul, two great drawings, I love the Darwin, maybe I should try him as well.

11-26-2007, 07:28 PM
:eek: Azul!

your Darwin is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I like your Ghandi and I like the ink you are using. It adds a real touch of intrigue. :thumbsup:

I'm thankful for you ladies & gents too! Hug & :wave: & :heart: Nickel

11-27-2007, 12:18 AM
Here's my contribution to the classical thread...It's one of my current WIPs. This is where it is as of the last hour or so, plus a detail.

Here's the link to the WIP:

11-27-2007, 01:22 AM
Keron, this is a mighty fine looking mail if ever I saw one, thanks for joining us. Also thank you for the link to the WIP.

I love the light and the hair.

Selahs art
11-27-2007, 01:26 AM

This is definitely good.


11-27-2007, 02:26 AM
Thanks guys!

11-27-2007, 04:14 AM
Just a quickie to finish the month off, my last mail is a member of my family.


11-27-2007, 09:29 AM
Keron : terrific MAIL and WIP,
Anghwar: nice finish

11-29-2007, 02:24 AM
Thank you Perel, Bonnie & Anghwar very much for the kind words.
NICE line drawing of your family member Anghwar! Very Nice.

11-29-2007, 10:40 AM
Puffing, coming around the corner at the last minute, here I am, late as usual. A bit of imaginary mail. :lol:

Watercolours, about 6 by 8 ins.


11-29-2007, 10:41 AM
I love everyones work this month!!

11-29-2007, 01:52 PM
Keron your painting is very rich looking. I like seeing the texture!
The warm tones against the cool rock! :thumbsup:

Anghwar I like this drawing the best of all your work so far! :wave:
Lots of personality comes across in this drawing! Well done!

June :wave: What a delightful painting! Very charming! :wave:

Thanks everyone for a great month of art!
:) Nickel

Selahs art
11-29-2007, 01:54 PM
My Mail,
Late but got it done.



11-29-2007, 02:44 PM
Keron, Bonnie, June and Nickel, thank you so nice of you to say that.

June I have to agree with Nickel, a delightful painting.

Retha not late but well done.

Ms Nickel, thank you so much for handling the mail this month, I never knew mails could be so much fun. :lol:

Selahs art
11-29-2007, 02:49 PM

Thank you.


12-08-2007, 02:42 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Dec-2007/65063-bruce.jpg this is a drawing i did from the wde this week of kates husband...since it does have a chiaroscuro feel to it...i decided to make him my november challenge..its done with .05 mechanical pencil with graphite bg in my cheapo sketchbook...forgive my lateness...tyree

12-10-2007, 11:20 AM
Hi Retha, your mail turned out wonderful! Wow! is a good word!
It looks really nice. I like the hues and the way you did all of it really.

Hi Susan, this is really good. I like the way you've use tone to turn the form!
Nicely shaded lips!

Thanks everyone for a great month!

:) Nickel