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Old 02-05-2007, 03:24 PM
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Re: Basic 102 - Class 11 - Water

sweet, the water class is on!
thanks Diane, I will keep reading your words over and over again, until the water won't be scary any more!
Lots of seascapes here, from the very peaceful, quiet waters of the Sea of Cortez to the wild waves of the Pacific!
off to play with water...
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Old 02-05-2007, 03:40 PM
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I am having trouble finding the Strathmore 300 series bristol paper...
so far, the best I found is "The Lyndhurst, made by Daler Rowney, smooth cartridge sketch book, 135gram per square meter. I do not know much about paper, and haven't found many to compare it to. Maybe someone in the class can give me some idea...
Is my paper any good, I have a feeling it is too "lightweight" for the purpose...
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Great tutorial!!! Water is always intimidating when I draw, the reflections I've never tried, it'll be interesting to see what I come up with.
Thanks Diane!!
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Re: Basic 102 - Class 11 - Water

Well, here is my attempt at assignment #1. The swan looks alright, don't know about that water . I was going to leave the lighter reflections at the top (created in the photo from something on the shore) but now I think I'll fill them in darker. Off to try assignment #2

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Hey Lori! I would call that water!
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Not much to look at but it's a start.

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Lori - that is fantastic! The swan and the water are done beautifully. Now the question I have for you is....did you follow the analysis process of the assignment? And if you did, did it help??

Scrappie - good start!

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Lori, (blu_ize)that is just amazing! Look at those ripples, you can see the swan glide, ... (sign it, girl )

Every pack has an ugly duckling,...here it is
Here is my first water attempt.
How did I do it?
1: looked at the photo
2: stared at the posterized one for an hour
3: bought a yummy handlotion,...oh now I cannot draw, greasy hands...
4: stared at the photo for another hour
5: bought an icecream... sticky hands...
After chickening out all morning and part of the afternoon, looking at the posterized version, I looked at the photo again, and suddenly it seemed approachable
I divided it into 5 parts that I thought were different, the circle ripples, and the left bottom corner, bottom right, upper right, upper left...
tried to get a feel for each part, at first worked very slowly, and then I forgot to pay attention, clicked off my brain, and just had fun. I am not sure that was the right thing to do, I suppose if you want a realistic looking drawing, maybe you need to be mindful till the end? I do not know.
the posterized version did help me decide which pencils to use,
maybe I will do it again by the end of the week
Yesterday morning I was considering taking up knitting again, but actually, this was fun.
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Frieda - you are a hoot!!! You did a fantastic job too!!!

Thank you for writing down your process - this will help others out immensely as they attempt these ripples!!!

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Scrappie-Great start!

Frieda-That is gorgeous! What kind of ice cream do you recommend?
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Dove triple chocolate!!!
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Diane, sorry I missed doing an intro for you--I just got out of the hospital with nasty bug so I am trying to catch up--my apologies.
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Frieda - that sounds yummy! Maybe that's what I need a big bowl of ice cream while I'm drawing....

JayD - OH NO! I hope you are on the mend!! These folks don't need much of an intro as they are just diving into this water business!!! (sorry for the pun )...seriously though, I hope you are feeling better...

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Re: Basic 102 - Class 11 - Water

Scrappie - Great start!!

Frieda - WOW!!!!!! Your water (and the swan, too of course ) looks awesome! Aren't you the comedian hand lotion, ice cream ...hmm...all I have in the house is vanilla....kinda boring But is has been -40C all week so I can probably go for a mug of hot chocolate.....but all kidding aside, thanks for the break down on your process. Your simplified break down actually helped me realize how I approached it as well. I kind of did the same thing.

Jay - Hope you are OK? Must have been quite the bug???
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Diane - Yes, I believe I followed the analysis process. I started in the upper left and focused on small areas. So I believe the posterized version was very helpful in a couple ways. I was able to observe the shapes and tones that made up that area and apply those principles throughout the piece and it also really made me observe small areas instead of being overwhelmed by the entire picture. I need to still work on my artistic "reflection" license. I've been reading Mike's book and hopefully picking some things up.

My method: I went at the calm water kind of like the clouds.....I shaded everything in, then took my chisel tip eraser and took out the lighter areas and then went over the deeper tones with my 4B and 2H pencils a number of times and then shaded in the highlights a wee bit if I felt they needed it. I don't know if that's how I was supposed to do it....but it sort of worked for me.
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Re: Basic 102 - Class 11 - Water

great start everyone!!! lori...that is exceptionally done..great movement..focus is on the water..but the head of the swan in some detail...scrappie...looks like its coming along wonderfully..thanks for showing the beginning...frieda...most enjoyable reading your outline...you made the project even more interesting...your work shows the focus on the water but enough attention still with the swan..i like the swirliness (is that a word )of your water also...jay...you must have had a very bad virus to have to go into the hospital...i hope your doing better and taking care of yourself!!! thanks diane...i think i probably will always have some abstract to my work no matter if im trying or not trying!!! but i guess thats some of my own style...tyree
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