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This one was a real beast, will likely come back and try it again at some point.
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Elias Lemus
This was harder than I thought it would be! Here is my drawing(digital) along with the reference picture. Any feedback appreciated and welcome!(:
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Hey Elias, Looks good. I think for feedback, imho you missed a highlight outside the eye, a little shadow under the nose and arguably showing a transition to the reflected light under the chin and perhaps a little darker value at the right eye/nose transition (actually looking at the reference if the angle of the eyelash/lid was adjusted at a little more of an angle it'd probably take care of it) just for how it reads. I think it looks solid overall.
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Besides the angle being a bit off, the ear was a little wonky feeling. Maybe the values were too light but not sure
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Learned a ton in this.
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I thought this one came out pretty nice, can already see large improvements
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This one was tough, lots going on.
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Evelien Picavet
I tried to draw an apple. There are two things I struggled mainly with: 1. I could not find the core shadow. How should I tackle that? Leave it out? Change my lighting? 2. I do not understand what way to move my pencil. It creates very different textures. But I am not sure how to make it look good? Do I hatch/crosshatch? All the feedback is welcome. I love seeing all your assignments. Keep up the good work!
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agree with @Andrey. Also, should have included the Deckbox ;)
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Portrait of my grandmother. One with more brush strokes visible and the other more fully rendered.
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Caitlin
I attempted level two… and things are definitely off. Any critique or comments are appreciated. I’m looking forward to learning more from the tutorials!
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Hi Caitlin, nice portrait! I think defining your 5 values will help a little, it always is a nice visual reminder for me to know what I've got to work with, and it'll make it easy when we (and you) look back at it to see which value is where.
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Mandy Crawford
I never knew something as simple as drawing the shape and define shadow can be this hard. I understand the assignment; however, my result I find not satisfying. The first attempt I define the light and the dark. It seems as though I am all over the place with the shadowing. I am not going to lie, it was hard for my brain to articulate not smoothing the lines. I think my line are too sharpe. The Second attempt, I have completely fail the assignment. I can say I got carried away. Although I like it better, we are not suppose to smooth it. I also the proportion of the top of the pear is too skinny it needs to be a little wider. These are the critique I have for myself for my pear. I will attempt the man later.
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Hi Mandy, nice pears! I think it might help to "check things off" as you go (probably dark to light, but whatever you find easier) Once you've got your darkest points in, move to the next value. That way it's a little easier not to have as many ingredients in the pot at one time! I also think the reference pear might be a little easier to start with as it's got a little more defined transitions. Also remember your darkest dark is one value and the highlight is one value and those are generally the easiest thing to find. Then you have 1 value left for shadows. After that you only have 2 values to worry about! That helps me break it down into manageable chunks.
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Tuija Kuismin
The pear. Goal was to train drawing the shape using straight lines, find the edges and make the values clear. Drawing the shape with straight lines was a small (but delightful) discovery for me, as I realised that I have a tendency to curve every single line I draw. Using straight lines, I found the shape faster, it felt easier to find, and it actually looked better than the pear shapes I drew before this one, using a variety of curves. I also feel like my hand is more confident drawing when finding the shape with straight lines. When I get to the portrait, I'm going to use this and am really excited to get to it. What do you think about the darkest value I've used here? Did I find the right spots for it, should there be more of it? I think I need to train my eye to better find the edges in my reference. What a great excercise, I'm learning a lot (!) and it's fun, even though I share the frustration I see in some comments here. Part of the process, I suppose, and part of the fun :D.
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Nice pear! It's funny how little changes to what we're used to can make some big differences! As for the darkest value, I think the cast shadow of the stem and at the bottom of the pear are your darkest points, definitely darker than anything on the body of the pear.
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Ieva Paleja
This is my attempt. I had no fruits at home, lol. The shadows and lights in reality are a bit different from the photo.
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if the shoe fits ;)
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Jason Arizona
I screwed up. I screwed up BAD. It was supposed to be simple, supposed to be five values and sharp edges. I thought, hey, I do painting, I can thumbnail whole scenes with just four! As you can tell, I am full of hubris. My brain just wouldn't be satisfied and confident in my decisions, because I wanted to capture a likeness. Pears don't have likenesses. Pears are pears. So, my brain essentially pushed me, by my need to make sure that the shapes were accurate rather than my shapes being able to fit atop a sensible structure, to make it into a finished painting with a decent enough likeness, and THEN, to even QUALIFY as DOING THE ASSIGNMENT, I added a new layer, and painted my new, better shapes on top of THAT. Ya know, like a normal person. And I only used four values. and some of the shapes STILL came out self-important and noodly. I have attached the "painting" version and the "shape" version i did afterwards. Burn me to a crisp.
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Hey Jason, I think capturing likeness is a bit beyond this lessons focus, so I wouldn't sweat that. You did kind of nail the focus, becoming confident with limitations. Something interesting to point out / think on... in your "rendered" picture you have the highlight on the nose, but not in the simplified. Also although you show 4 values in your key, I count 5. We'll save the burning for now ;) Nice job.
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jacobhartley
I’d be curious to know which project levels I should try to stick to based on these drawings :). I am always flipping back and forth between thinking I’m using specific skills to cover for weaknesses in my fundamentals and thinking I don’t push myself to apply the fundamentals in new ways. I’m Mostly fine with how the portrait turned out but the pear is not my best by far. Both of them I got a little carried away with and just starting shading with more values than I was supposed to which is unfortunate but I definitely benefitted from making myself start with just a few before I got carried away. I often lose track of where my hand is resting when using the tripod grip, hence the smudged paper, which I’m slowly working on.
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I think doing both is a great idea for everyone that wants to. There's certainly no barrier of entry to the second project. Doing both can often show us some of our own weaknesses / strengths we might not have noticed if we'd only done one. Sometimes it's the "easy" stuff that's really tough. For feedback, I think defining your values visually will help, in the pear and the portrait some of your values are hard to differentiate. Nice job on both
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ggenest
Here’s my grapefruit! I am very grapeful ;)
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lovely grapefruit. For feedback, I would say your highlight could be better defined (in the photo it's brighter at the top front than the actual entire top)
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vidan
Any feedback appreciated !
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nice onion. Some of your darkest values are in the stem and the tail.
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Very fun for the first lesson, here is my attempt at the portrait. Keeping everything sharp and blocky is a nice added bit of challenge!
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Doing my pear at work :)
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Anna S
I am not very happy with it. My pear looks more like a potato. I got lost in the details again.
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Peartatoes might be ymmy. :D Nice job
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Simon White
I think I went in on the detail waaaaaaaaayyyy too early. Need to SIMPLIFY shadow shapes much more. Was a good exercise learning to stick with just using five (four) values. Had fun.
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nice job
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timc1981
It’s quite disheartening seeing everyone else’s incredible work, but I suppose we have to start somewhere. I struggle a bit to see different shades of shadow.
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Hey timc1981, we're all here to get better and have some fun, no need to be disheartened, it's a better pear than 99% of the population will ever draw! As for advice... first and easy thing, if you are struggling, always use the provided reference. The guys running the course picked them for a reason. I think making a small value chart so you can keep up with what you have to work with can also help keep things manageable and less overwhelming. Remember 1 of the 5 (in this lesson) is the highlight, and 1 is the darkest bit of the shadows. That leaves 3 to work with. 1 of the 3 is the shadows. Now you've got 2 midtones to use on the rest of the image. Easy :)
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bartmaras
I still need some work in the simplification department. :)
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It's a lovely rendering, but like Stan said in the video... every edge sharp!
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razgon
Hi there. I've been drawing for about 7-8 months now, and unlike so many other wonderful people here, I am not very good at it - But I keep trying! Anyways - I would love some critique of my assignment here - Thanks in advance!
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Hi Razgon, Nice blocky shapes. It can be helpful to make a reference for your values (1-5 for this assignment) so you can easily reference what you've got to work with, it's easy for me to get lost without a reference, especially in mids. Keep it up!
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Evan
First time drawing in a decade and a half, and digital at that (might not have been a great choice to start with). Looks like I have a long list of things to improve on.
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Welcome back :) We're all here to improve and learn something new. Digital can definitely be a bear, so many things available it can be easy to get overwhelmed.
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