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« on: August 09, 2013 07:54:32 PM »

Okay, so there I am in Michael's, minding my own business, marveling at all the stuff I want, and I see a set of charcoal and pencils for $5 and I decide to give it a go despite a complete inability to make art of any kind.  I am most definitely a crafter and not an artist.

BUT we had done a little photo shoot - my husband, our two puppies, and I and I had a couple of good contrast black and white shots so I decided to try.

So this is the husband with Burton Guster (Gus for short)

and then me holding Annette Bening (we just call her Bening)

They are 11"x17" (which I didn't really think about when I was doing them) so together they're kind of huge.  But my husband insisted we hang them up so we did.

I am really very open to criticism and advice since I'm brand new to this and want to be better.  I especially struggle with Bening since she's so blonde - I have a hard time drawing that with charcoal so please advise!   Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2013 06:01:07 AM »

I think they look very good. I can't believe, it is your first attempt.

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« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2013 06:12:24 AM »

I'd say you're well on your way to becoming an artist if these are your first attempts!  I especially like the rendering of your husband's face.  Perspective is difficult.  The line quality around the mouth is really nice.  Bening's eye is just beautiful.  You might want to try mostly line drawings for awhile, since that's where your main strength seems to lie (in my opinion), with minimal shading, and work gradually up to using more shading.  Don't feel like you have to fill a shape in completely with dark shading just because it's dark in real life, you might try cross-hatching or a lighter touch on the shading for a dark object like Gus.

You should be very encouraged!  I can't draw my way out of a wet paper bag, personally.  Cheesy

Looking forward to more pieces from you!  Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2013 06:24:58 AM »

I've found a lot of help in the tutorials on DeviantArt.  I've been using the painting tutorials to help me with my embroidery.  There are a number of drawing tutorials.  You might want to look through them and see if any seem helpful.  Here's one on pencil shading, for instance:  http://www.deviantart.com/art/Basic-Pencil-Shading-42276998

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« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2013 01:42:48 PM »

These are quite awesome for your first go! Great work, keep it up!

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« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2013 02:38:51 PM »

These are fantastic for a first go at sketching!  I really like the second one, I think you totally captured the personality of ms Bening Smiley
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