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Topic: Opinions, please. I'm a beginner with pastels.  (Read 4504 times)
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« on: July 09, 2004 10:31:46 AM »

I've been playing with pastels (regular, not oil) for about a year, and was just wondering what anyone has to say about my drawings. It's hard to get honest opinions from people who know me. Here's my link! http://f2.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/ophelia68977/album?.dir=/2b20&.src=ph&store=&prodid=&.done=http%3a//f2.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/ophelia68977/my_photos

THanks! *~*~*~Sarah
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« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2004 07:53:36 PM »

I think you do beautiful work!
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« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2004 08:19:16 PM »

Those are great! I especiallly love "Backless" and "Flowerpicking." Really beautiful!
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« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2004 09:35:56 PM »

WOW!  i am really bad at doing people, but you're BRILLIANT! i love it! i really like greensmearface. it's pretty cool. i can do like, fruit, and that's all. actually ok, i can do fruit pretty well, it got entered into some contest at school, didn't win though, but hey, it was only art 1, still got 3 years to go!

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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2004 08:02:03 PM »

thanx everyone Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2004 08:25:27 PM »

You look like you don't need much help! Those are very good! One thing I was very happy to discover when I started using pastels was that an eraer will very easily and precisely clean up any lines that you want smooth. It's useful because pastels havea tendancy to get EVERYWHERE. So I hope that helps. They look awesome though, great portraits Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2004 09:25:15 PM »

very nice!!

I love your shading!!!  Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2004 04:52:58 PM »

You use pastels really well. I was smitten by Baby Bath. You do an excellant job with shading and just the human form in general.
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« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2004 05:32:53 PM »

okay, here is my constructive criticism. you have a great sense of lights and darks and the transitions between the two. those are very beautiful. what i would caution you to be careful of is to be extra careful that you are drawing what you are truly seeing. what i think is happening in your work (and what happens in most people's work, including my own, especially when we begin do work, that is things that we come in contact with like everyday objects or the figure) is that we draw what we THINK lips look like or how we think eyes are shaped. That's what i think is happening in your work. Study the figure close and STUDY it's shape. It is a different shape depending on how the person is facing and depending on each individual. That is what make us all unique. You have a gift with pastels and you should DEFINATELY continue working. I want to give my honest opinion. As artists, (like you said) it is sometimes hard to get true opinions on things because of people we are friendly with. I am hoping we can develop some of the topics here in the "more art, less craft" section to bridge the lonely gap we sometimes feel as artists to get help with our work. Just my 2 cents...... Smiley

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« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2004 10:41:34 AM »

2 more cents...since you asked for input.

I always advise my students (ya, i'm a high school art teacher) to avoid smudging.  it encourages "precious-ness"...be bold and scribble! 

With pastels. try hatching...its like scribbling or cross-hatching, just not like a tic-tac-toe.  Whats great about hatching is scribbling layers of colors on top of each other to mix colors.  So when you want to show a shadow or darker value,say, around an eye, you can mix your colors by layering your hatching.  Theres a great drawing book that you can get from the library called Keys to Drawing by Burt Hodges I think.   He hatches for values. 

Best wishes...keep up your drawing!
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