My Weekly Themed Sketch and Other Art Works

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    A Fan . . . the alluvial type (a geologic formation, similar to a delta).

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    20160503_171523.jpg
    by Charlie Wrenn, on Flickr


     
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    Nice! Is this ink plus watercolor?
     
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    Thank you. Ink as watercolor - I tend to do a lot of washing.
     
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    Interesting! I think I've said before that ink scares me because it's such a permanent type of medium, and I'm the type of chicken-sh!t artist that likes to be able to clean up mistakes. :1247: You make it look easy.

    I have gotten better with the oil pastels, though - they scared me to death when I first started because, like ink, they are not easy to change once the mark is made.
     
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    Get a cheap set of markers - not Sharpies, as they bleed through everything. Lightly outline a scene in pencil (I like 2H or 4H), then retrace the pencil lines with marker. Now make diagonal hatchings and cross-hatchings for the shadows. Hit the pencil (if you can see any) with a gum eraser once the marker dries, and you have an ink sketch. Only want to use one marker, pick a color you like - it doesn't matter.

    After a couple of those, try some basic shapes with just the marker - circles, squares, cubes, triangles, pyramids. Again, use cross hatching or lots of points/dots (see my measuring cup a few pages back) for the shading.

    Eventually, you might want to expand and try washes. Get a bottle of India ink and one of the Speedball dip-pen kits - a holder and a couple nibs (there's one geared toward cartooning that's decent). Add a general purpose watercolor brush, like a #4 round, and you're good to go. India ink will be pretty waterproof when it's dry so you can layer washes without screwing up previous work.
     
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    Wow. Such knowledge! I'm likely to remain your admirer than to take up working with this medium anytime soon, though. I've only recently turned a corner with the oil pastels, and still have a looong way to go before feeling I have a strong handle on them. It hasn't been a year yet!
     
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    You're making me blush. And, from what you've posted, you are good. Maybe I should start a drawing challenge thread.

    I've thrown away a lot more than I've kept. I have a few that were started, and likely won't be finished.
     
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    For next weekend, I'm going to do another "my steps" series. This is probably what I'm going to draw, or rather, a variation of it.
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    red wing blackbird.jpg
    by Charlie Wrenn, on Flickr
     
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    If you start such a thread, I'll play! I might use oil pastels instead of pencil, if I can.

    Well, that is generous of you - I'm trying. I'm used to playing with my photographs, using alternative photo techniques, so the very idea of making my own drawings is pretty foreign. Frankly, I only picked up oil pastels as another medium to use for hand coloring my photos. A few times lately, I've used my own photos more as references, just like you are suggesting here with the red-winged blackbird. I do find it helpful to have something to pull from, which is certainly different than painting over an image.

    Haven't we all? The trash can is called "the learning bin." :icon_razz:

    Here is one I did last month, oil pastels on cheap gray construction paper. I used gray paper so I wouldn't have to color the sky. :icon_mrgreen: Kind of a cop-out, but it was more of an attempt to draw snow in trees, which I'd never done. Also trying to show depth in a drawing, trying to fade out the right side tree as opposed to the little one in the foreground.

    Wintry evergreen.jpg
     
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    I love these guys. As an aside, during the last week or so, a huge flock of them has shown up in my back yard and attacked the feeders like a swarm of locusts. I had 2 feeders stuffed to the brim - and within 48 hours, they were both empty. Eating me out of house and home! But they are a sight to see when they take off in a flock, those wings flashing. Gorgeous birds. :586:
     
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    That's a wonderful drawing, Terri. I've seen a couple RWBBs around here, but not many.

    The narrower DoF is something I started trying when I was at Maryland. We got fussed at for not putting in the background when we were drawing models, so I started experimenting. I found I liked it best when I included some facial features of the first row of students beyond the model, then just barely added the rest (ovals and squared for heads and easels).
     
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    Thank you. I never had a classic art class like that, with models and such. My brain is wired now to look at my drawings as if through a viewfinder. :lol: If it's not quite there, I know I didn't do a good job.
     

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