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Old 02-11-2016, 03:06 PM
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Welcome to the classroom, Anna
No hurry needed, work in your own time .
Please move on to class 1 .
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Hello all!

This is my first post to WC but I've lurked here for quite some time. I have experience drawing/sketching throughout grade school and have been to Graphic Design college with a short class (6 weeks) on Illustration. I am coming back to art after a very long break of more than a decade. College was in 2000-2002. I did not make a career of Graphic Design, but still aspire toward a freelance career, even if part time. I won't bore people with personal details, but like a lot of other Creatives, life has thrown both tragedy and blessings upon my journey and things took a different turn for a while. I'm here to plant my feet firmly back on the path of my art journey!

I must apologize up front, as I began these lessons as a way to work up on the fundamentals again, not believing that I would actually post in the forums. I began the exercises and "How to draw" book to find my skills again and begin improving from there. I am a far cry from some of the amazing artists I've seen here on WC! but I would not consider myself a beginner either. Part of me felt like I may intrude on this class by posting above beginner skill level, as I'm well aware of feeling like my abilities fall short when comparing to artists of greater experience. So I've completed up through lesson 3 and about to begin lesson 4, now coming to realize that participating with this fine group and getting feedback and critiques will help me far and beyond just "practicing" on my own and shadowing the class. It may also show those that are just getting started, that these skills can be developed from any starting level and practice is really what it takes. If it were just talent, I would be producing work as if I'd never stopped

My challenge is not only returning to my former skill level and improving beyond limits, but to keep the ego in check, which I feel played a major role in my absence from the artistic journey. Sitting down and doing work worse than what I used to do is very frustrating and discouraging. It leaves me apprehensive about trying again I've come to realize (with help from WC! artists writings on the subject) that it is this judging that stops the process completely! I can't find the joy, freedom and playfulness of creating while that little voice keeps judging the work before it even gets going, let alone completed!

My first post is not a challenge of subject matter, as much as a challenge to quiet the ego, find the joy and DO IT. It is finding a way back to my skill level through fundamentals, so I can work on becoming "better than I've ever been". And more specifically, I need to improve on overall speed and accuracy level, seeing and breaking down images to avoid repeatedly working and reworking areas as the drawing progresses and things become noticeably "off".

I will post each of the lessons one at a time and not proceed without approval, even though the actual work is done. I don't want to get ahead of myself any further and will rework anything deemed needing it before proceeding as well. Thank you for the opportunity to participate! I look forward to participating and receiving feedback from the WC community!

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It seems I've saved my image too big! I'll have to fix it this evening when I get home from work

Sorry for the delay! Have a great day
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Welcome to the classroom, Josh .
Very commendable decision .
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It seems I've saved my image too big! I'll have to fix it this evening when I get home from work
Actually I don't think so. As long it is not larger than 800 by 800 pixels, it should be OK. The issue is the number of posts, as a (somewhat naive) measure to block spamming bots, you cannot upload before having made 2 posts.
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Thank you Arnoud

I took note of the two post requirement and tried again. I did forget to check the sizes and I've corrected that now. Again, I apologize for the delay

I'm working towards a completed work, in color, for my daughter's 23rd birthday. She happens to love dolphins, so this is the start of my focal point in this project. I have a ways to go still and 5 weeks to get there!

Included is the first attempt and reference. Thanks for the look and c&c!
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Here we go. This is my pre_class drawing. Looking forward to making good progress and sharing everyone's advice and support.
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Welcome to the classroom, Sue
You're off to a good start .
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Hi everyone!

I'm glad to have found this class. I primarily paint in oils, and want to improve my drawing skills to build a better technical foundation for my painting. I don't have formal training, and have only been painting since the beginning of last year; I'm definitely a beginner.

Here's my pre-class drawing. I decided to draw one of the penguins from the invitation photo for last weekend's Weekend Drawing Event (over here).

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Welcome to the classroom, Dawn .
Thank you for posting your drawing, good job .
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Hello everyone

My name is Daria. I am absolute novice, never draw in my life. Recently I have started enjoy painting using different media (pastel, watercolours etc). So I would like to improve my drawing skills to get better results.
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And this is my pre-assignment. This is my cat Indulgence drawn from the photo


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Welcome to the classroom, Daria .
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Hi, I am truly a beginner and am hoping to learn how to do more realistic drawings. I am attaching my pre class sketch and a photo that I was trying to draw to.



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