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03-12-2000, 07:57 PM
Hi Electra...Here is a very quick sketch of the second photo.(See the post immediately following this one) should have posted the one below this one first...changed a couple of the surrounding elements..and as you can see, I draw most often with red and blue pencil. (left out the graphite pencil darks on this one. Just wanted to show you these two photos..to spark your interest in doing coastal/ocean pictures that include figures. See you in the Cafe... http://www.wetcanvas.com/Critiques/User/Elect.jpg

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03-13-2000, 02:43 PM
I have never drawn with any color at all... that's a fantastic job you did for a "quick sketch!"

When I get a chance, I'll do a sketch of my own and post it up here and compare http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif

03-13-2000, 04:05 PM
Hi Michael,
Hmmmmmm...you've sparked my interest too. Think I'll pull those Prismacolors off the shelf. I really like the look of that sketch with limited colors. Cool!



03-14-2000, 01:38 PM
Hi Electra and Gisela...just a note. I have not drawn with a whole range of colored pencils. I first sketch with a red pencil to get gesture, then come in with a blue..to add some values. On this sketch, I did not "punch" up the over-all values..(just use more agressive blues..and often use a regular graphite pencil for the darks) to push a sketch more.
Yes, Electra..the light was a bit harsh..but if you study "good" black and white photos.., it will help to see shadows (and try to visualize a very limited range of values..say just the light, middle tone, and the dark)..and just see them as SHAPES lying ON the form. This approach (from an instructor at Art Center)..really helped me simplify drawing. Someone in one of the forums was wanting to know how to draw hair. Again..with a "GOOD"!! photo..with clearly defined lights and darks...it becomes MUCH easier to see even hair patterns as just shapes. Again, I think it helped a great deal to try to limit the values and corresponding shapes.
Just a note..I am OFTEN in the Cafe in the mornings (before noon Colorado time)..just sipping coffee..waiting to catch some early-birds. Talk with you soon.

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03-14-2000, 02:45 PM
Michael, this is really cool. I always liked to draw but time constraints over the years have gotten me away from it. I am definitely
going to try this red and blue thing. Thanks
for sharing.

03-18-2000, 07:57 AM
Hi Patti!

Thanks for your note. I think you will find, that with a standard red or blue pencil, that the lines don't smear as much, are softer (or harder) depending on where you want to emphasize line, AND..you can vary line weight with them. They just seemed easier to use to "creep up on" the finished sketch..less harsh, and you CAN use a standard graphite pencil to punch up the darker areas.
I am hoping to see more drawings posted....unfortunately, in general, drawing dosen't seem to have the market value that paintings have today. I rate drawing VERY!!! highly...although perhaps their permanence is not that of oils on canvas. I never erase..but continue to construct a sketch..leaning a little heavier on the lines that work. (I would like to post drawings myself..will think about this.
one other note Pat...I sketch very quickly..the 15 to 30 second classroom model poses were my favorite..(there is so much in a simple gesture). Guess it just depends on your goal. I've seen many beautifully detailed drawings also.
Gallery: http://www.krweb.com/pages/mike/index.shtml

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