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03-02-2001, 09:58 PM
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This is an elephant I am working on done on Canson Sketch 9x12 with pencils HB and 2B.Need Comments and critiques. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif

03-02-2001, 11:26 PM
Awesome Animal! It's coming along great!!
The tip of the trunk might be a little 'off', .. be sure to triple check it's direction, length and thickness before continuing as you have a real winner here!

03-03-2001, 05:00 AM
So far GREAT! Hard to see the rest of the preliminary sketch but it looks like is going to come together really well. I suspect that the perspective on that trunk might give you a challenge -- it would me. Anxious to see the progression on this one!

03-03-2001, 07:41 AM
Thanks everybody for your comments.

Sandi: The trunk is thicker at the top and get`s thinner towards the end.

03-03-2001, 08:52 AM
Very nice, careful drawing. The ear and tusks are very nicely done.
Look at my elephants on the watercolor forum if you have the time. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/Forum4/HTML/000542.html

Bill Carroll
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03-03-2001, 11:27 AM
This is coming along nicely, animal, and I don't see your trademark "tilt" here!

Hrm, I can see your sketch pencil marks -- places where you had the ear much longer and the trunk in a different place, and so forth. I have a suggestion for you:

Pastel paper can be expensive and mucho erasing can pit the paper and make it useless, so what some of us do is draw the initial sketch on cheap newsprint. Once we get the drawing the way we want it, we put transfer paper (sort of like carbon paper, but don't use that :P) underneath the sketch, and trace over the lines. This transfers the sketch directly to the drawing paper and you don't get those lines -- just a relatively clean outline.

The transfer paper I use is made by Saral. It's graphite free, which is madatory for pastels, but you can use graphite paper if you are working with pencils.

Another thing you can do is make your OWN transfer. Just do your sketch on newsprint and when you are done, turn it over. You'll see the impression of your drawing on the back of the paper. With the side of a VERY soft pencil (3B-9B, I use a 6B for this), go over the lines. Not all the paper, just the lines. The idea is to coat the lines with graphite, so don't use the tip of the pencil. Once all the lines are covered, turn the sketch over and place it on your good paper. Trace over the lines and viola, instant transfer.

You do have to keep your arms and hands off the transfer though, or it will smudge.

Just something to try :P

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03-03-2001, 10:28 PM
Excellent!!! Your rendering skills, which have been good, are quickly becoming outstanding! I understand your desire to begin with color, but, I can see you are going to retain your love of drawing. A good thing, don't abandon it.

Billie Dawn

03-04-2001, 12:13 AM
<IMG SRC="http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Mar-2001/elephantpro2.JPG" border=0> Here is my next progress pic on the elphant.

03-04-2001, 12:13 AM
Animal, Barbara said what I tried to say, but due to a brain malfunction, it was tied up at the moment. Hope to be back in working order soon. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif