• Edith
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      Chirps: 8
      I tried to work on dark and light on various objects I found to draw. I feel like I understand light and shadow better, but it is an ongoing process. I am very much enjoying seeing everyone's work on such a huge variety of subjects. It is helpful and "enlightening". Edirh
    • Edith
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      • Isabel
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        Beautiful drawings!
      • Mariana
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        Those are really nice!
      • Nancy
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        these are so lovely and inspiring.
    • Isabel
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      Chirps: 34
      ClaroscuroMango I tried to put a bright highlight and a dark cast shadow on this mango
      • Nancy
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        Chirps: 11
        it's beautiful.
    • Nancy
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      • Alison
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        I particularly like the birch tree!
    • Mariana
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      IMG_4815It was great fun trying out all the new techniques, some of which come easier than others!
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    • Judith
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      IMG_3595 This is SO much fun! I'm learning a lot with vast space for improvement!
      • Mariana
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        They´re really lovely! You´re a pro... Can I ask what pencil you´re using? Is it a thin charcoal or a drawing pencil? Thanks
      • Judith
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        @Mariana I was using the twist-erase pencil recommended by Liz

    • Dan
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      Chirps: 10
      It was not so easy to see where and how to apply the chiaroscuro technique.  The blending the shadows was difficult, although the cast shadow and the highlight were the easiest to find and to apply.  I'm feeling more comfortable putting marks down on the page and these lessons have given me confidence in drawing new objects like onions, succulents and chili peppers that I have not drawn before.  I want to work on chiaroscuro and shading in the upcoming lessons as well as applying those techniques to watercolor paintings and paintings with color in general.shading148shading 2149light and dark141
    • Helen
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      DSCN0628 (2)Here is my attempt. I found my greatest challenge to be the very shiny bright spot reflected off the left side of the moon shell. I feel it would have been easier if I had used color, which would have made it possible to leaves a white spot at that location. Though the harsh shadow on the right looks...really harsh, it was indeed that stark.
    • Sharon
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      20191102_180605 I think I'm finally getting the hang of the whole contour/shading thing!😊
    • Sharon
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      20191028_18055720191102_161117 I was confused by the difference between contouring and shading, and all my drawings kept ending up heavy and dark because I was trying to convey too much I think. I watched a couple of cool YouTube videos by Alphonso Dunn and really liked the starkness of his drawings. I tried to apply some of what I learned here in a pencil drawing. I think it works especially because the flower itself is a simple subject. Doesn't work so well on oak leaves (results not shown lol).
      • Linda
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        I think you worked it out well. The flower shading picks up the darkest shadowed areas. The stem and leaves in particular look very realistic.
      • Pat
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        Thanks Sharon, I too have trouble with heavy marks, more resources are helpful.
    • Pat
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    • Gayle
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      IMG_0634IMG_0635IMG_0631 It was good to learn a variety of marks to use for shading, and it is getting easier to put pencil to paper. I would like to try more stippling  - its a challenging skill.
      • patricia
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        Chirps: 6
        Wonderful variety of images and techniques.  Well done!
    • Mary
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      Happy Halloween to all.IMG_0639
      • Viki
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        Chirps: 7
        Beautiful!  Love your style.
      • Christine
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        Chirps: 2
        Gorgeous!! I'm envious, as I still struggle with keeping watercolor simple and beautiful like this. Mine are always overworked!
    • Mary
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      I tried everything. Still working on everything!
    • Craig
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      I tried all the shading methods. Still working on the highlights and shadows. IMG_1407
    • Amy
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      30AC2634-30BF-4D75-AED4-3DA755B335E7 I got very involved with the light and shadow on the leaves of the persimmon and struggled with, say, the shadows being similar values to the persimmon next to them. Same with the pepper, as though a similar amount of light was being reflected from the pepper and from the paper but in different ways. Also, I realized I had 3 nearby windows and so 3 light sources! Well, I’m always up for a challenge. One thing I learned from this was to think in terms of shapes of light and dark as well as values. And I think I’m seeing much, much more already.
    • Valerie P Stevens
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    • Olwen
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      the following to images are my attempts at improving my observations and including shading, darks and lights even a little Chiaro scauro! I'm loving the experimentation. Mosquitoes are so bad here I can't yet sit outside and look, listen and record my experiences! Coastal NC in the Fall! I'm using photos in Living bird magazine to attempt the sketches. i have brought objects indoors to work on these skills.
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    • Chris
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    • David
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      Mushroom Study -- StipplingFirst attempt at using stippling.  I think it works pretty well for the smooth texture of the mushrooms.  I hadn't used this method before and it is not as time consuming as I thought it would be.
      • Laurie
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        Chirps: 15
        Your water color reminds me of children's books;  a few woodland characters surely live nearby and come to nibble, nestle or romp! In any case, I find your drawing quite delightful and soothing.
      • David
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        @Laurie Thank you so much for your comments.  I found doing the drawing and painting incredibly soothing myself!

      • Viki
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        I love the color and texture of the mushroom on the left.  Very realistic looking!
      • David
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        @Viki Thank you for commenting.  Yes, even though it looks like a cartoon, that is what the Fly Agaric actually looks like (it is poisonous!!).

    • Laurie
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      Thoroughly enjoyed this exercise as it was satisfying to see recognizable objects appear on the page, even with "fluid" proportions (especially on the bathroom sink)! Started to incorporate stippling in the banana and found I need reminders that there are mark making techniques beyond various hatchings. Both the Squint technique and Chiaroscuro are quite helpful for illustrating dimensionality. Finally, in looking back at all my exercises since day 1 of this class, I notice my drawings expand to fill a large part of the page. What I'd like to work on – how to draw proportion more accurately; seeing if I can make my drawings smaller; reminding myself before taking pen to paper that there are multiple mark making techniques. For the record, I am having FUN and feeling like my brain, eyes and hand are (re)learning to communicate with one another when it comes to observing and translating those observations to paper. banana bathroomSink
    • Karen O
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      If I had not written garlic next to sketch not sure it would be clear what it was.I have a long way to go, I could squint and see highlights, and shadows, but had a hard time translating that to pencil on paper.IMG_6352
      • Viki
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        Chirps: 7
        Actually nicely done!  I can tell it's garlic!