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Old 05-19-2003, 09:33 PM
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Use to denote nudity/mature subject matter First attempt at Pen & Ink

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Well yesterday I had an off day of drawing so I decided to have a quick attempt using pen to sketch in. Either my off day showed up also in my pen and ink sketches or I'm really quite terrible at this medium lol I think the main problem was in the cross hatching.. especially around the top of the stomach where there is far too much hatching. I've never shaded with cross-hatching before and it definately shows. Can someone please help me?
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Old 05-19-2003, 09:34 PM
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The knees look pretty funny in that sketch too :-S

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Old 05-19-2003, 10:46 PM
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Thanks for posting harmony. These are good for a first off!

Practice is the answer, and lots of mistakes! I think artdude has an article about hatching etc, if you want different ways of doing hatching.

As for figures, I'm still struggling myself....

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Give it a chance, one try doesn't mean you are terrible! After you do dozens of *blah* drawings (and I don't consider these *blab*, BTW) you will start to realise that it pays to think before putting down the ink - you can't easily take it away.

Oh, and have fun!

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Hi harmony, don't be scared, I'm not following you
Those are good sketches, I like the figures...
Cross hatching can be improved, parts where stronger shadows should be placed could have a stronger density of lines, places where shadows are not stronger could have a low density of lines...

Congratulations on your first drawings with pen

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harmony,
your tattoo came out great!... cross hatching needs to be a bit smaller, though you've got the hang of it! post more soon.
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Thanks everyone for your kind comments. Dont worry Beatle_John, i didnt think you were following me lol I think my biggest prob is definately the cross-hatching so i guess thats a definate thing to practice on. It was fun building up the courage to explore a new medium. Pity I ended up with figures looking like they had tarten coloured skin LOL

Ciarrai, the tattoo turned out just rotten. Hence the reason why I skipped putting the second one in on the back drawing. hehe ahh well... i think i'll give some more pen drawings a go soon. Hopefully do a better job of the cross-hatching. I'll look for that article you recommended Seejay. Hopefully it helps

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you will improve with pen & ink.
it is like drawing with pencil.. if you make an error, i find it easier as you can darken hatching or add extra values over the error!
try it and see
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I attempted adding extra hatching last night and found to my horror i made the drawing worse LOL its about time i used something other than a pencil though. yet i still have a feeling paint will never become one of them.
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don't worry about paint for now then. put your hand on the top of your sketch paper- lay it out flat.. under where your hand sits, sketch (not draw..) try sketching the outline with short strokes- don't actually draw lines like the shape of something.. try that.. its much easier to use hatching with short strokes for an outline.. i usually go back and darken my outlines with contours later on.
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Could be something to try later. Thanks.
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Hi Harmony.
I don't know how I almost missed this posting by you. I just seen it now.

I think you've made a good start here.

Keep it up. practise is the best way to learn. Well I hope so, cause I have been doing a lot of practise lately.
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Old 05-20-2003, 07:40 AM
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Hey Phillip. Thanks for commenting And yes practice is definately the key to learning. One more assignment to go and I'll have plenty of time to practice practice practice... until exams i guess lol
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Hi! Harmony...... lovely to see you over here
As you say.... its just the hatching you have to work on..... all the rest is just fine. You got the shading spot on and its only the distance between the lines of hatching that you have to watch out for.
Great job on your first effort and I hope you enjoy the journey as much as I do
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They look really great to me...
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