• May
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      Chirps: 25
      While looking at objects trying to capture each on 2-D paper, it was a bit challenging to decide which mark- making technique to choose. When the pencil touched the surface of the paper, it kind of depicted shapes and tones swiftly. I found it really nice to experience each technique by itself, then compare and contrast between drawings. It helped to draw after Liz to get a since of the techniques, looking at her drawing and then looking at mine, then work on a new drawing while putting techniques together. It was hard at the beginning. It took time. Yet, the result was rewarding. The stippling is the technique that needs more effort because the dots sometimes had a tail to it. Sometimes when  lifting my pencil  it sketched a  mark showing a spot that looks like a tail to the dot.   IMG_9362IMG_9363IMG_9365
    • Denise
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      Chirps: 5
      onionapple Really fun. Such a good teacher. I'm learning lots. Needing much more practice.
    • Kim
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      Chirps: 7
      IMG_20200722_110049 Wonderful course, I'm learning a lot! In drawing this onion and pair of magnified coffee beans I too was chasing shadows (similar comments below). Not so easy to capture the chiaroscuro effect on the round onion... I'm pleased with how the drawings turned out all the same.
      • Gari-Anne
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        Chirps: 1
        I love your detail on the onion skin!
    • Adella
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      Chirps: 18
      This is my first drawing course. These new drawing skills were helpful but challenging for me. They definitely made it easier and as a result I feel more comfortable. I would like to work on chiaroscuro & finding shadows. I found the pineapple very challenging to draw.
    • Adella
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      Chirps: 18
      Chiatroscuro
    • Raymond
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      Chirps: 4
      Banana for posting
      • Johanna
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        Chirps: 6
        I like this banana!  It has so much energy.
    • Amie
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      Chirps: 7
      I actually found it relaxing drawing a 3D ball. I'm not new to art but it's still a good reminder to go back to the basics sometimes, I tend to forget about the reflected light.20200630_175646
    • Gigi
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      Chirps: 9
      I must confess that life got in the way of continuing with the course as I had planned, but cheers to coming back. eggWanted to share a sketch of an egg from back in March. I remember feeling like I was improving and I am excited to continue to practice and actually take my journal out in nature. My journal is pristine and I've been nervous to break it in, but it is happening - taking it on my 3-day backpacking trip starting tomorrow! Nature sketches to come!
    • Jill
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      Chirps: 20
      I still want to work on everything! But I took my first-ever drawing class in the fall and was introduced to most of these concepts. So I was not completely uncomfortable or unfamiliar with them. My goal is 'not pathetic.' IMG_3577IMG_3578    
    • Karen
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      Chirps: 2
      I still struggle with value - my range seems to be medium dark to medium to  medium light - I don't get the contrast I'm looking for.
    • Patricia
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      Chirps: 21
      I tried using the marks and very much enjoyed the exercise and it was fun to walk around looking for objects.  I found it challenging to complete my drawing before the light changed.  I realized I was chasing shadows a few times.  I walked around the neighborhood squinting at everything, I looked like I needed a new pair of glasses.  I took my glasses off and I get the natural blur so I can see the lights and darks without squinting.  I just have draw blind!  I need to work on seeing the shadows and getting the right proportions. Pat20200614_162517 (1)
    • Claudia
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      Chirps: 5
      I found the techniques very helpful although I am working in a small scale which I imagine is easier. I have trouble with the squint test IMG_4213but I imagine it is a question of practice.
    • Since we are limited to 3 images per reply, thought it would be better to share the ones I had  issues with.
      • IMG_6620 Sketching with a continuous one line gave me a sense of confidence. On the other hand, the sketchy lines technique hindered me; the more I sketch a new line the more I hesitant in visualising the shape I wish to sketch. I faced this problem while outlining all of the subjects: the daisy, the acorn, the gingko and the butterfly. Have you faced the same issue, anyone?
         
      • IMG_6622 With the type of marks in sketching -- I sketched a blue sea crab; luckily, I found a dried one. I divided it into 5 parts to experiment with the marks ' types. I'm sharing the result with you. I'm not sure if I did well with the marks -- I tend to use tinny tip of the fine-liner pens; 0.05 and 0.1. Perhaps I need to try and sketch with a thicker pens/pencils to see the difference.
         
      • IMG_6628  This is my attempt to try and look at the shades of a subject. I tried with this shell; Ancilla Glabrata. I used an artificial source of light instead of the sunlight - this shouldn't affect the result much but looking at the final result, I think if I was after the shades, then I should have tried to sketch it with one pencil colour.
      I believe the most useful point on this session was the squint test. It is very practical when you don't have enough time and you needed to sketch and pin point the highlights n a subject much faster! Thanks for the tip :)
      • Leon
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        Chirps: 1
        My continuous line outlines came out better than my sketch line outlines. One line looks much more confident but requires careful observation.
    • Sally
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      Chirps: 4
      I like to use the scribble and spotting technique. The blending technique is what I probably use most. I find the crosshatching the most difficult to achieve what I want. DSC08599
    • kathleen
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      Chirps: 7
      I enjoy sketching and the lesson on contour and shading was very helpful to me. The 3D part of it will take me quite a bit more time to learn.JC ContourJC lesson 2 Lighting
    • Vicki
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      Chirps: 6
      Having never taken a drawing course, I've never actually learned any of the techniques in the "Making Your Mark" lesson set.  I found, however, that I remembered hearing many of my watercolor mentors talk about stippling, hatching, blending, and the like, when referring to the consideration 0f value as a means of infusing light into a painting.  I'm now feeling a little more comfortable with using value observations and techniques to help make a shape seem to be 3-dimensional.  MakingYourMarkLessonSetI started with "Drawing Basics" on February 23rd, after posting my Yellow Warbler entry, did a bit more on the 26th, then didn't return to finish the lesson set until May 20th.  Now it's already June 2nd and I'm only just posting this entry.  I tried to apply the techniques of hatching and stippling recently, when I was drawing some rocks.  It takes SSSsssooo... long to draw a rock as a sketch the size of a postage stamp on paper.  I really do KNOW that practice makes perfect, and that I should practice every day.  In real life, though, it's not possible - especially not in the current state of world affairs, when I find myself practicing child care all over again with my grandson, while his parents are telecommuting because of the COVID 19 pandemic.
    • Duane
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      Chirps: 4
      I feel pretty good sketching, I tend to use multiple textures and finish up with blending. I could still use the pencil more and make hard lines.IMG_4094IMG_4095
    • Liliana
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      Chirps: 5
      I’m starting to feel a little more confortable with lights and shadows without color. I still think my drawings are too light. image
    • Jennifer
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      Chirps: 3
      I really like the stippling and blending but my son likes to use cross-hatching and contour hatching and we're both enjoying practicing the new techniques together!IMG_4403IMG_2099
    • Priscilla
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      Chirps: 5
      The more time I spent the more I began to see how to use the different marks. As in the last assignment, I began to see the differences in values as I drew...training my eyes I guess. One of the most helpful ideas was how to use the "flower" dots to apply stippling...thanks for that!Nature sketch 1
    • Deb
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      Chirps: 4
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    • Anne
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      Chirps: 5
      After six months (!) of neglecting this class, I decided to get back to work.  I've been having a great time today picking it back up, and am pretty happy with the results.  I think I need confidence in making darker marks, and just overall practicing for confidence. I couldn't resist adding color and ink to this one, where I was practicing values. IMG_3371 Chiaroscuro is tricky!  By the time I got to the blueberry, I think I was starting to get the hang of it.  I found a good black & white photo with strong shadows to use for practice. IMG_3374   berry
      • Colleen
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        Chirps: 44
        Hi Anne. Your blueberries are gorgeous and the use of chiaroscuro in it makes them leap off the page. It took me a long time to practice as well with the darker lines to get comfortable. You’re right about it being tricky.
      • Anne
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        Chirps: 5

        @Colleen This is something that will require continued practice.  Moving on to something that isn't round is a bit intimidating to me!

      • Deb
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        Chirps: 4
        Anne, I like that you made a diagram of Chiaroscuro. I think that will be helpful for me too. I am excited to move on but I think some more time with this lesson will help in the long run
      • Anne
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        Chirps: 5

        @Deb Thanks Deb!  I'm hoping to get out into my yard to practice this in a natural setting.  Definitely a skill that will take a lot of practice!

    • Cynthia
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      Chirps: 24
      IMG_8284 I had to laugh when my husband told me my eggshells looked like hamburgers.  I experimented several more times, but have not quite mastered (well, not even close!) the values that make such a difference in definition for sketches.  I know what I need to do, but can't quite meet the goal yet.  I'll keep the lessons learned in this section as I go along.
    • Marjolaine
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      Chirps: 8
      I am amazed to see improvement in my drawings with the few cues I just learned. The chiarocuro really helps in giving a 3D look. I was aware of that but was not comfortable applying it. To me, there was only 3 shades. Dark, mid, light. Also, I was not that good at seeing them. I never noticed the reflected light under the subject. Amazing! I still wonder how to combine chiaroscuro and the rendering of colors. But one thing at the time. As for the filling strokes, I don’t have the patience of doing straight lines or crossed lines... and it looks ugly when I try it. I would say that my technique is a mix of scribbling and blended lines... I don’t know if it is good or not but I have more fun drawing like that. 2C1C8B60-49EB-4E22-B27F-F964321BB881FD0AFE35-FF80-482E-9CFF-9B23A99B3139                                      
      • Colleen
        Participant
        Chirps: 44
        Hi Marjolaine.  That’s awesome. I can see how the stokes make the detailed feathers in your drawing. That’s something that I just have not seemed to figure out yet. Thanks for sharing this.
      • Marjolaine
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        Chirps: 8

        @Colleen Hi Colleen! Thank you for your comment! Drawing the feathers is a big challenge for me too. The interesting thing is that I was not trying when I drew this grackle. The only thing I was focusing on was the chiaroscuro. I scribbled with the pencil... using some blending and some contour sketching too, but in a very rough way. But you are right, there is a feel of the feathers texture after all... it is a surprise for me! Your shells are very stylish, I love them!

      • Colleen
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        Chirps: 44

        @Marjolaine Thanks. I am noticing that the chiaroscuro is making a huge difference in my drawings.

    • Colleen
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      Chirps: 44
      00FF19CB-6D50-49A4-9833-6F311175CEB6 It was a little bit. I am feeling more comfortable putting marks on the page. I still need to work on feather features on birds.
      • Cynthia
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        Chirps: 24
        Your lines are so sharp and detailed.  You have composed almost photographic images here.
      • Colleen
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        Chirps: 44

        @Cynthia Thanks Cynthia for your comment. I feel much more comfortable with using chiaroscuro in my drawings, but sometimes I feel that I am pressing too hard (almost imprinting) or should add color, which is not something that I am currently confident about. I was pleasantly surprised with this one when I did it.