• Arleene
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      Here are some of my attempts at using the skills you have taught us. I can see how to apply the techniques but will definitely need more practice. I did enjoy trying them all out. It was fun learning ways to draw and how to use the different marks. Also I found I was more relaxed, not worrying too much about the finished product and just having fun. I like to write notes in the journal as it helps me remember what I did and what techniques I used as well as anything special about that particular sketch. 07AB0AB4-CDBC-44E8-8BEC-E904FC507117_1_201_a8AE91CDB-A04E-4A7E-8F8F-06C3510918CF_1_201_aE0EF82E5-DE9A-4BFF-97C3-09C6C7236F9F_1_201_aI found the 3D shading difficult. I am looking forward to more lessons and practice
    • Kayla
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      After trying some of these drawing skills, it was a little easier to see where and how each could be applied. I am definitely starting to feel more comfortable putting marks on the page compared to before. I want to work on my shading a little more though. I decided to do a robin, although there wasn't much contrast and the proportions were a little off, I'm happy with how it turned out. IMG-4441
    • Fernando
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      988D92A9-71E4-42C3-935E-7FBBDFC2EDC1This is my last drawing and painting and is the result of all of your advice and the techniques taught by you during this course. I am quite happy because it has given confidence to continue with this endeavor. Dear Liz your advices have been very helpful and I have really enjoyed your talks. I will continue doing the exercises to improve this hobby .Thanks
    • Marc
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      image59CF226D-8D4A-41BB-A5A3-7AD5693F96A4I am starting to find it easier to find details and textures, as well I am getting more comfortable with putting pencil to paper. I had some challenges with chiaroscuro but I’m thinking it’s because I was to tense with my apple drawing and need to take a step back, maybe get the techniques to work for me. It was fun regardless and I am finding my work is starting to get better slowly with practice.
    • Patricia
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      I have some problem making shadows look real - they seem too harsh. Any suggestions? I also need work on the distinction between showing value and showing surface texture. Fruit- chiaroscuroConch Shell
      • Caitlin
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        In your colored drawings, try using darker shades of the same color(s) of the object itself instead of using black to create the shadows. The same goes for the surface on which the object is set (note: the object's color may also be reflected onto the surface). For example in the real world, if you look at leaves in sunlight you'll see the leaves in the shade are actually a darker green and they are a very light green where the sun is reflecting.
      • Karin
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        I think you did a nice job on the banana. I am having the same trouble. With my rocks, I tried scribbling, that helped a little. With curved objects try contour.
    • Jacqueline
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    • Jacqueline
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    • Jacqueline
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      It is getting a bit more obvious where light and shadow appear on an object.  Now, to work on the gradients of shading.   E2B09C56-82DA-4E63-A8E2-EDA87B9EC73018444E7E-109F-4B64-B5E2-A8FAD493DBF2
    • cynthia
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    • Dominique
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      217729C8-D81F-4E93-A3CB-C3EC49184512I  found it very difficult! Need more practice... the hardest bit is how to show the difference between details of the object (coloured lines on the apple) and the hatching to show darker zones.
    • Claire
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      Nope. I think I'm kind of thick on where to use the shadowing. I'm fine on a bit of fruit, but say something with feathers? Gak!20210710_213010
      • Arleene
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        Chirps: 20
        I enjoyed your tomato on the vine
    • Nancy
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    • Nancy
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      Yes, it was fairly easy.  I am feeling comfortable.
    • Kathleen
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      Chirps: 74
      I am a little more conscious of the six different techniques in sketching for added dimension. Practice will perfect the technique. I sketched the bufflehead, the crow and a small bunch of  red grapes on a dish. IMG_20210706_130734IMG_20210706_084853
    • Julie
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      Yes, I’m feeling more comfortable. The course encourages me to draw more frequently and, as with anything, the more I practice the more comfortable it becomes. I like the way the course offers a step-by-step progression. I’m familiar with some of the topics & techniques, but the way each builds on those that came before provides fresh perspective. Also, by focusing on technique and tools the results become secondary. This frees me up to experiment and learn more.
    • Jenny
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      I'm starting to feel more comfortable.  I've been noticing the lights and darks in nature more.  I'm still working on making marks to represent those lights and darks.
    • Catherine
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      I am definitely feeling more comfortable putting marks on the page, and the squint test is VERY helpfulNorthern Cardinal. I tend to rely on hatching and scribbling, so I'd like to try expanding my experiments with cross-hatching, stippling, and blending. I have also been relying on photos rather than going out in the field, so now I want to try sketching in situ, perhaps in the early morning and evening when the light is from a striking angle to practice chiaroscuro as well. Patagonia LakeCactus Wren Nest
      • Kathleen
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        Chirps: 74
        I enjoyed your sketches, Catherine. I love the composition and I can see the different types of making the marks for added dimension on the cardinal, the lake scene and the cactus. KAK
    • Zoe
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      Acorn Squash with natural light from the window. Imperfections are hard to draw! 8E7712D4-89D8-4BB4-8E1E-4B58EC8AA346
      • Kathleen
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        I enjoyed your sketch of the acorn squash with its imperfections. KAK
    • Janet
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    • Janet
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        It was easy to see the reflected light and highlights on smooth surfaces like an apple or pepper, but the orange was more difficult even with the squint test.
      • Kathleen
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        I enjoyed your sketches, Janet. I can appreciate the fact that the orange was harder capture because probably the orange doesn't reflect much light but the stipple effect was a nice technique to use. KAK
    • Camille
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      Chirps: 5
      Artichokes Chiaroscuro The squinting technique definitely helped me to distinguish where the shadows fell on the artichokes and to not be as distracted by different colors. For example, the artichokes had purple, brown, and yellow on them in addition to shades of green, so squinting helped me ignore the colors and just look for light and dark. I used a couple of different shading techniques and that really seemed to help add texture as well as depth to my drawing. I want to keep practicing different shading techniques to create more variety of middle tones and also to get faster with shading overall.
      • Kathleen
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        There is great detail in these artichokes, Camille. I enjoyed your sketch.  I feel like I can better by looking at other artist's drawings. KAK
    • Gerda
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      F55E935B-4259-496E-A9AF-8B34E4218612_1_105_c85E2D9AE-EA0E-4E66-BBEA-B4A042398CC8_1_105_c84429A7F-AB21-4C29-A3DA-2C5181C32316_1_105_c My observing skills are improving with you directions. so far I have just used the graphite pencils, except for the clematis that I had sitting on my desk. I used watercolor pencils. Will you please give me a critique and suggestions? thanks
      • Kathleen
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        Chirps: 74
        These are nice sketches, Gerda. I enjoyed both the shells and the bufflehead. KAK
    • Dee
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      Chirps: 3
      While I see the light and dark, I have difficulty putting marks on the page to reflect what I see. What do I want to work on? Everything! Practice, practice, practice. BE79B13C-C4A2-4805-96BC-0E7ABAEB6262
    • Sarah
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      Chirps: 18
      SarahHunter ChiaroscuroI can see that the photographing accidently put more chiaroscuro on the page. I love this technique. This strawberry would be better in color.  :-)
    • Cristina
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