• Heidi
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      20FF58CB-1319-4847-9429-B5985385E6E3Mark making techniques help provide depth to this plant.  I was struggling with that.  I’ve been returning to this plant to record growth as I am working through this course.  Both the continued practice and learning the skills have made a positive impact and I feel like I am improving.  It helps that the amaryllis is quick growing so I see change easily.  I like incorporating notes along with my drawings which I haven’t done in the past.   The notes make recalling details easy and I am becoming more observant when I can note down what I see and feel.
    • Cecilia
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    • Lindsay
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    • Mwangi
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      IMG_20201223_095108 Always struggled with shading, learning alot so far. Especially about looking for tonal variations.
    • Carol
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    • Carol
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      The chiarosuro is a new concept for me. Especially the reflected light.
    • Carol
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    • Carol
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    • Christopher
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    • Judith
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      appleI tried to capture the apple twice, once with light coming from the left and once from the right and above. The cast shadow on both are too dark, I think, so that' s something to work on. The highlight on the left one doesn't need to be outlined--I just need to keep it blank. These are definitely my best apples ever!
    • Ruth
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      IMG_0358 It has been quite educational and relaxing some of the techniques instructed, moving from stick people to be able to put something in paper is an accomplishment ; improving observational skill also very nice, Thanks.
    • Sherrie
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    • Martha
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    • monique
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      IMG_5376 Struggling with the shape of the shadow for the orange. Also, not sure if I used the dotting affect in the picture, should I then use it in the shadow as well?
    • monique
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      Funny, I have been sketching for years but was oblivious to the reflective light. This is quite an eye opener for me. Enjoying the learning process.
    • BARBARA
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      wow 2nd version is better! I think recognizingnot a lemon what I was unhappy with in the first drawing was what led me to be able to make the 2nd one better.
    • BARBARA
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      frustration!  It didn't look right. Oddly enough when I took the pic, the more contrasty pic looked better to me.  I used contour shading and it didn't give the look I was going for.  I remember somewhere in distant past that the SHAPE of the deep shadow is the same curve as the object -- is that true? I will try it again with same lemon and different contrast. I really liked one of the pics below where stippling was used - will try to add some of that. My blending perhaps made the pic too "muddy" with insufficient different between shaded areas.20201128_151820
    • connie
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      I found myself quite frustrated after my first trial drawing garlic with cross hatching. I tried again with contour hatching, and although the second trial did turn out better, I gained a lot more understanding with how light and shadows fall on each clove. I LOVED using garlic for this exercise. It was a very fruitful experience (pun regretfully intended). I do feel much more confident in marking. I look forward to studying different subjects, and getting a better understanding of how light falls on different objects. I'd also like to eventually work on some other marking techniques like cross hatching.
    • Caroline
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      Not sure where to put the shadow but I am pleased with what I have learned. My sphere looks like, well a sphere!42C8FAA3-C4D7-45D1-B698-48F353BBBCBB
    • David
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      • David
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        This is my view of a Bosc pear of which we have a lot this year in the local market.  I did note the reflected light, which I have not thought of as much before.
    • Becky
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      I definitely want to continue practicing capturing light/dark and dimension.  I have an easier time with this when I am drawing one object, as opposed to trying to represent a landscape outside.  Practice will help!Apple and Pepper
    • Candy
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      Chirps: 19
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    • fullsizeoutput_63ebIMG_7246 I found it easier to create the various light and shadow areas of the sphere than it was with the irregular round shape of a shallot. I used hatching, cross hatching and contour hatching along with some blending to try to achieve the roundness.  I struggled with the shape of the shallot as it was harder to pick out the components of chairoscuro.
    • J Daniel
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      Chirps: 3
      I still don't find anything easy about drawing.  I believe I still have much to do to overcome a perfectionist trait in me.  It's still difficult to narrow the gap between what my mind wishes to do & what my hand does.  It's not comfortable finding oneself in the midst of this struggle; but I'm not giving up.  I will continue plugging along...  rather--scratching along.
    • Tiffany
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      imageI tried to find the easiest image to draw- a lemon.  The highlight was obvious, regardless of the angle and so was the cast shadow.  I struggled with shading the values of light, shadow, and cast shadow.  Cast shadows look like a band of darkness, and I seem to struggle with which direction to shade.  Blending with my finger helps cover some of the harsh transition lines as I try to practice the different pencil pressures.  I don’t feel comfortable yet, but I am not afraid of the page anymore.  I want to try and sketch and journal everyday to improve.
      • Mary
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        I like the way your sketches are looking. And your labeling is excellent.