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Old 01-24-2007, 04:50 PM
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Re: Basic 102 - Class 10 - Rocks

Frieda - nice first try. Since this is just a practice why not push this one just a bit further? Take a harder lead such as 2H and sand it down so you have a flat wide edge (chisel edge) and then with a firm pressure, shade in the rock. Then you can take a kneaded eraser, regular eraser or battery eraser and lift out the highlights.

I am thinking you have just too much white showing. By covering the majority of the rock with a light tone you are giving it more depth. The white of the paper should only be reserved for the strongest highlights. The main tone of the rock is not white.

I hope this makes sense!!! I'm not sure if I explained this very well. Let me know if you have any questions or need further explanation!!

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Re: Basic 102 - Class 10 - Rocks

Hi Diane,
thank you for the tips, and yes, it makes a lot of sense, I think I understand the technique. Now, translating it onto paper...
I did keep going, a few more rocks, and pushed the first one. Hopefully it is getting more rocky. Here is the next stage...


In real life, it looks a little softer, I think, the dark parts don't stand out so much, and there is not much white left...
thank you Diane, and I am looking forward to seeing more rocks!
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Re: Basic 102 - Class 10 - Rocks

This looks great Diane, thanks for providing this. Living in a place called affectionately 'The Rock', its rather appropriate.

Here's a rock I did this evening to get a feel for it. It was on a scrap of stonehenge which seems to enhance the rough texture of the stone.

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Re: Basic 102 - Class 10 - Rocks

A lesson I have needed for so long. My son-in-law shakes his head when I go out collecting in the fields after he has bulldozed, bring home "treasures." This rock is about 7" long and has been on my porch for a couple of years, waiting for me to draw it. It has a different view from each side, but I had to bring it inside due to the cold weather. The lamp gives a different look from natural light.

I was drawing the set of rocks you used for reference and think they do look like rocks, though maybe not the ones you posted.
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Re: Basic 102 - Class 10 - Rocks

final, I think, on this one,
will do a few other rocks, and then maybe this one again...
Jeanette and connie, you guys rock! Connie, I can see why you picked up that rock... how big is it?
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Still working on mine..went back to reread the tutorial...judi youve done terrific on the change of values in the rocks...frieda..they do not look like potatoes they are coming along very good in shape and gradation...jeanette...terrific job in all the little indents..could be the paper..but its good...connie...did you say you bought your rock inside because it was cold teasing aside good values and shapes with this find of yours...back to the rock...tyree opps..missed one..HI LES
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i was going to put the rocks in on the side..and decided to stop here..i think i could have used a more gradual change from the darks to middle to light..seems a little rough..probably could use more highlights also...tyree
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hi tyree, you've got great three-dimensionality in that rock, realistic...
Les, we are keeping your seat, hopefully you can jump in soon....
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hmm... this is hard. when drawing these rocks, starting to put in some details, I keep losing direction. I just don't remember where I am, which is not surprising since the drawing was not totally correct to start with, ...
should I just go a lot slower? To realistically draw these rocks, should that alone take me two days? I spent a few hours on it so far...( 3 or 4)

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Freida - don't be concerned with how much time it takes to draw. To really concentrate, learn and understand what you are looking at, it can take days to complete one rock. That's okay. What you are learning is eye, mind and hand coordination at it's finest!

As an example I probably have 10 hours in the rock study that I did.

Now onto your rock, I can see you are doing a fine job in trying to get the jagged feel of the rocks. Let your pencil express itself as you work your way into those deep ruts. As you draw those darker areas, let the pressure of your pencil get heavier and your graphite darker. As you reach the peaks let the pressure lighten up. What you also want to do is explore different kinds of textures (pencil strokes) to 'represent' the roughness of that rock.

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Tyree - I agree with Frieda, you've done a good job with the shading and textures. If you use small circular strokes or light random strokes, you can even out some of that roughness. It doesn't take too much - but it looks great as is too.

Connie - great job!

I am so impressed by all of the rock studies so far! You folks are doing fantastic.

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Diane:
Here is my attempt.. Maybe its too dark? First time I've used an electric
eraser, the first one I got a little carried away
Well here goes...
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Hi all and thanks Susan, keep em coming great to watch the talent emerging.
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Re: Basic 102 - Class 10 - Rocks

Oops, sorry I'm late for class, just been sooo busy.

Well, here is my first attempt, but hubby reckons it looks like moss but not rocks, so I guess it's back to the drawing board for me.

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