• Gigi
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      Chirps: 9
      Here is today's tangerine. Left side drawing is the flipped over fruit.tangy
      • Paula
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        Chirps: 19
        My favorite eraser! I use them for erasing all the terrible markings in my opera parts! (I am a professional flutist.) Now they have another purpose...
    • Gigi
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      Chirps: 9
      Enjoyed this lesson and realized I needed more practice with simple shapes before moving on to actual objects. Practiced spheres repeatedly and today will try a piece of fruit! Mechanical pencil made it hard so I switched to some drawing pencils I had on hand. Have not played with color yet. It was cool to see improvement in a short amount of time (first on the page is top left and last one is bottom left). shadowslights
      • Aaron
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        Chirps: 7
        I love this idea, I also need to practice basic shapes a bit.
      • Carol
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        Chirps: 17
        Thanks for sharing this progression, Gigi. They all look great to me, but now I can really see the difference from first to last!
    • Jenny
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    • Aaron
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      Does anyone have advice on distinguishing between texture and light/shadow? I find I struggle to include both elements--light and shadow serve as texture in many of my drawings right now. Any tips would be appreciated, thanks!
    • Sarah
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      Chirps: 11
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    • amy
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      Clearly need to practice *looking* for chiaroscuro gradients. It helps to formalize the six components. 4BDE3968-DE26-496B-B407-8ED11ABBF0A7
    • Aaron
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      Chirps: 7
      orange Liz, or anyone, do you have any tips on how I can adjust my stroke so that my lines aren't so evident, if that makes sense? I can really see each stroke, I'm hoping to blend it a bit more so each line stroke isn't quite so evident.
      • ANDREA
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        Chirps: 6
        For me, I find when I make lighter lines (lighter pressure) it works better. For darker, don't press harder-put the lines closer together.
    • Mudito
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      Chirps: 14
      imageI found this whole section extremely enjoyable.  I learned a lot about drawing, especially the specific techniques and the demonstrations were so useful.  I am very much looking forward to adding colour.  It is a challenge for me to draw things so small.
    • Koen
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      Chirps: 16
      2020-03-13 fossil Sea Urchin I ventured to draw  this fossil sea urchin, I found in a quarry near home. (Original on the right side of the picture). The rounded, but asymmetric shape and the delicate scale pattern were quite a challenge to draw. Because the  light on the table was diffuse, I mainly used blending for the surface shade  and I added a layer with  with the scale pattern in contour shading style.  This is the style I would prefer for this type of objects with subtle  gradations in shade. I can imagine that other shading stiles may be  more suited for more dynamic objects with sharper contours and color contrasts.
      • Aaron
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        Chirps: 7
        That looks great, @Koen!
      • Koen
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        Chirps: 16

        @Aaron Thanks Aaron!

      • Connor
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        Chirps: 3
        Great fossil sea urchin! You have inspired me to do more drawing.
    • David
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      Chirps: 21
      For the aplication of the different techniques of drawing I think I can understand it. And I tried to mix the different techniques in the same drawing. My cross-hatching is a bit rough, my lines tend to overlay on top each other not giving the subject good definition. My 3D benefit from the blending. I just really feel this very helpful. 89722667_1672852826189869_3989003296235847680_n89844176_585326548730336_5050121953654865920_n89836711_2940185822714249_1486378148378443776_n
      • David
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        Chirps: 21
        Just two more... If you feel I'm pushing please feel free to delete it. Thanks 89763839_767982866943301_4367369857516175360_n89970401_928718307584088_474679257272942592_n
    • holly
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      Chirps: 24
      Even fooling with lacy curtains helped in this class IMG_2713 (2)
    • Sarah
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      Chirps: 11
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    • Sarah
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    • Sarah
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      Amazing how light plays a role!image
    • Mary
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      Chirps: 3
      Always have difficulty differentiating between light and dark and colour! I need to do more of these drawings! 0BAE6BC6-F344-4B23-9953-ABA703F2ED5B
    • Amy
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      Chirps: 14
      I think I'm improving but lots of practice will help including color.Screen Shot 2020-03-09 at 9.00.45 AM
    • Amy
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      Chirps: 14
      Working on my skills i find that some of the pencils I have are too hard.  I need to do many more of these practices before I finally get it.  I'm going to try an apple next.  I can't seem to soften the areas of highlights to make it more realistic.  Screen Shot 2020-03-08 at 9.16.53 AM
    • Geminis
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      Chirps: 11
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    • Patricia
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      Chirps: 23
      Shells and rockI tried various shading techniques to capture the 3D aspect of these shells and small stone.  The squint test didn't really work very well, as all three shells are white.
    • Patricia
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      Chirps: 23
      Mark-makingI'm interested in working on more natural objects gathered from the field.  The squint test is interesting, but how does it work on objects that are all white, such as these three shells?
    • Sarah
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      Chirps: 11
      Please tell me how to submit a drawing. It doesn’t appear after I upload no hit submit.
    • Toni
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      Chirps: 11
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    • Toni
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      Chirps: 11
      8A366DDD-9030-4632-9929-FF87D2B78328I’m really struck with the importance of value in creating a 3 dimensional drawing and giving definition to an image. Need to work the most on patience and not feeling overwhelmed by a complicated image! “Where do I even start?!”
    • Mayumi
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      Chirps: 4
      IMG_2761 It is hard to make the area of "Highlight" stand out. It is also hard to keep pencil light for the area of "Light."
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      • ruth
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        Chirps: 4
        wow that pear is beautiful!
      • Gigi
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        Chirps: 9
        Super impressive! Have you been painting long?
      • Roxanna
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        Chirps: 2
        I think I am in love with this pear
      • Carol
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        Chirps: 17
        Same reaction! Awesome pear!