Shelly Ryder
Shelly Ryder
Plymouth, UK
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Shelly Ryder
I was really pleased to see a combination of level 1 & level 2 in the same video. We all have things to learn and seeing all levels is beneficial. I believed when I started the course that I was quite good at drawing but wow, have I had a lot to learn. Thank you as always for your great content @Stan Prokopenko
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@william2
I know this is not directly related to the subject at hand, but I wanted to ask: when you are learning the fundamentals like gesture, construction, or perspective, is it better to try it on paper or on digital? I ask because I recently got a digital tablet for my birthday and I find that though comparing the references to my drawings is easier, actually making the lines and navigating clip studio paint is pretty difficult. So I was wondering if it would be better to focus practicing on paper for a while longer then coming back to digital, or to keep trying at digital right now even if the progress is much slower.
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Shelly Ryder
I have had the same dilemma as you. Usually, I would only draw on paper using lots of graphite or charcoal. Then a friend bought me a tablet which I loved but trying to navigate my way around the software took away my focus from what I was learning about drawing. What I tend to do now it use paper first, it is easier and nothing much to make decisions about other than whether you want to use a 2B or a 2A. After I have done it manually, I then attempt it digitally so that I have already done the learning part of the drawing but then I can get my head around the software and try it out digitally. I see it as experimenting like you would if you were trying several types of pens, markers or even paint. I don't think there is a right or wrong way, but personally this is how I approach it. Hope that helps
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Shelly Ryder
A little late attaching this one. I know this was a project and there is already the demo but better late than never. I have to admit if I had done the assignment before the demo I probably would have struggled to simplify it. I am going to try the boots without watching the demo.
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Michael Mayer
Did anyone try the “overhand” pencil grip? I did and it seems easier to control the pressure. Just wondering.
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Shelly Ryder
I did! And changed the direction I was using to put down the ellipses.
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Shelly Ryder
This is a great activity! Found that alternating the direction of the ghosting i.e. clockwise and counter clockwise produces different results too. The hardest part is putting the pressure down in the right spot. Forced me to slow down and lighten my general pressure. Also, using the over hand grip was more effective.
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Zoltán Czakó
For me the elipses are not the hard part, but putting down pressure at the right time is. When I try to adjust my pressure THEN I mess up the elipses. Any tips?
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Shelly Ryder
I have the same problem. I slowed down a little and changed direction too which both helped a bit. Still not right all of the time.
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Wibble Wobbles
How fast are people drawing the ellipses for the mushroom warmups? Too fast and I feel like I can't control pressure variations at the correct times.
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Shelly Ryder
I had the same problem with the pressure control. I slowed down how fast I was trying to make the ellipses and it did help a little. Also changing the direction, I was drawing them, from counter clockwise to clockwise helped. It just took a lot of time and practice to get them like Stan's and I am still not there. Keep going! Don't give up.
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Shelly Ryder
I went to an exhibition at The Box in Plymouth for Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings: Portraits. The image below had me thinking about the assignment we had for simplifying an image using sharp transitions between light and dark. It was interesting to study the use of shadow shapes, sharp highlights, and different textures that created the image. Wanted to share here. These two artists work collaboratively on large drawings and frescos. Worth a google! Image credit: Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings, I’m not a woman I’m a conservative, 2021 (detail). Photograph: Rob Harris/Courtesy: The Artists and Arcadia Missa, London.
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Shelly Ryder
Much harder than they look! Definitely good for warming up the hand though. Grabbed some pens and acrylic paint markers to change things up a bit. A lot of fun. ☺️
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Shelly Ryder
Tons of information in this critique Stan, thank you! My takeaways were how to make sure the shading lines up in such a way that it doesn't only suggest the plane changes but also the shape of the form. Also, the use of the darker half tone to help the transition between the shadow and the lighter half tone. Before starting this course, I would have considered myself competent in drawing, but being self-taught, I was interested in learning the right 'speak' and tidy up some bad habits. I extensively use blending stumps in drawings, with some understanding of tone, line, and form, so when I first looked at the exercise with the pear, I thought it was going to be too simple. What I have learned now, is that taking things back to something that simple has helped me identify where my weaknesses are. It forced me to consider how to use simplified tone to create the form, develop patience to create a smooth tone over large areas (without a blending stump) and to really observe what it is that I am drawing rather than just trying to replicate it. Great lesson!
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