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Old 01-02-2017, 05:49 PM
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Sandra's practice sketchbook

Happy New Year to all! Last year in early November I got a job and that took up a lot of my time. I've been wanting to get back to art - you can't improve if you don't draw/paint - so I am starting a new sketchbook thread for 2017.

Thank you for all of your comments, critiques, and suggestions in 2016 and I hope to be more active in the forum here.

Here are two sketches I did yesterday.


Done with Caran D'ache Classicolor Watercolor pencils in Stillman&Birn Alpha sketchbook

Same sketchbook, this time using Staedler Mars Lumograph 100 pencils
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Old 01-05-2017, 11:23 AM
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Great to pick this back up again. Keep it up!
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A good way to start off the new year.
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Congrats on the new job! This is a great way to start 2017!
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Joan and Kay, thank you. Got busy with the job and Toastmasters meetings, so was visiting Wetcanvas and posting less. Wanted to get back to posting here.
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In February my dad e-mailed the e-book "You Can Draw in 30 Days" by Mark Kistler and I started working through it on February 15th. Even though lately I've been feeling that my art is not as good as anyone else's here, I still wanted to post the exercises I'm doing in this book. So, rather than start a new thread, I wanted to post them here.

Day 1 was a pretest: house, plane, and a bagel.


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Day 2 was drawing a simple sphere. My attempt is below:



I continued Day 2 and Day 3 on the same page. Here they are:

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Day 3, continued.



This was where it started getting a bit more difficult. With the overlapping spheres, the closest sphere to the eye needed to be bigger and it was a bit of a challenge to get right. I think I was able to accomplish it in the end.



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Not being satisfied with drawing tennis balls from the book, I wanted to do them from life as well. This wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.



Then, I decided to do another lesson from the book. This was when it started getting more difficult.





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Hi there, I definitely see improvement in your tennis ball shapes. Are you happy with your progression? I hope so
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We all had to start at some point and since you are new at this, just realize that many of us have a near lifetime of practice and artwork under our belts, so it is unfair to yourself to compair your work to those of us who have many years of experience! Don't get discouraged I can see that you are making good progress already and if you keep at it you will eventually get more accurate with it! Keep a Journal with those exercises and you will be able to look back over them and note your progress! Keep at it! As always, Deb Hill
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Sandra, The only way to get better at this is to practice. Don't worry about what others are doing, concentrate on improving your work. I can see that you are improving, keep at it.
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I'm so glad you continued to do the spheres. There is such a wonderful improvement from when you started to the last one. Like Deborah and Greg said the only thing that will help is practice. Most of us here have been doing art for a long time and have done a lot of practice. Like anything else we continue to need practice. I may do a lot of watercolor painting but I need daily practice drawing to keep my skills up. Keep it up!
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Joan, Greg, Deb, eyepaint, thank you all. I am seeing progress with the spheres and with my art in general. It just seems so slow and insignificant in light of others' progress, especially since it's so easy to compare.

Trying not to compare, though, and will definitely keep going. The next lesson after the spheres was cubes and while I have those pages done, I need to scan them. Hoping to post them tonight or tomorrow.
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Re: Sandra's practice sketchbook

I've been having a busy couple of weeks since my last post, so while I did some more exercises from the book my dad gave me, I was not posting on Wetcanvas.com.

The next day in the book after the spheres was drawing cubes. And foreshortened cubes, not just regular cubes.



This was more difficult than I thought, so I spent the next 10 to 14 days trying this.



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