sherville - Absolutely..copy anything I post if you think it will help you.
Just another little tip. When using the grey paper (I find Canson in most art-stores)..draw very lightly with charcoal (I think I used a charcoal pencil--not too hard, but not too soft either). I have trouble sharpening charcoal pencils with a regular pencil sharpener..so I use a single-edge razor blade (BE CAREFUL!)..to take the wood off, then a sandpaper block..(they come with strips of sandpaper especially for use with pencil or charcoal. Since the grey paper is essentially your middle value, use the paper to your advantage, it will make up most of your drawing..the darks and black areas will be next, and (I think I used TOO much white for highlights!!)
, use the white as highlight sparingly..in the areas you see the LIGHTEST lights. Even if it looks like you see a lot of light areas...rely on the paper, and ONLY use the white in the VERY lightest areas. Again, I used too much white in the drawings I posted..especially in the clenched fist one.
Thank you sherville for your kind comments.
P.S. sherville, hope you won't mind if I throw this in here..but your mom is a very good artist. I think...she would have some very good suggestions....................
I personally think it is a good idea to learn some fundamental drawing skills..especially if you have a desire to work with the figure. What you decide to do (after you've gotten some of the real basic knowledge down..is up to you). In other words, how you eventually express yourself..will be unique to who you are and "your voice" as I've heard it said. You'll sure gain a lot of confidence as you learn some of the basics..and I honestly believe that drawing will be even MORE!! fun, when you can go beyond the academics.
[This message has been edited by MichaelRH (edited August 31, 2000).]