Project - Simplify from Observation
Project - Simplify from Observation
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Project - Simplify from Observation

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Project - Simplify from Observation

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Use the reference photos in the downloads tab or go find your own reference and start drawing! Remember, this project is all about simplifying to clarify.

Make sure to keep these 3 things in mind:

Shapes - Draw your shapes with straight lines
Values - Use only 5 values. 2 in the shadow and 3 in the lights
Edges - Make every single edge sharp!

I'll publish my drawing demos of both levels next Tuesday so you can watch me go through the problem solving process. For a chance to be included in the critique videos, you must submit your drawing to the community by January 26th, so I can begin filming and producing the critique video.

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Helen Ali
REDUE now that I understand better what the assignment was. AND reviewing demos and critiques.
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Gloria Bass
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casseil
Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry to the model for butchering him. The portrait was far more challenging than those little pears. I have to say, I had a lot more fun with it, even if I don't fully feel it was very successful. But, as I just told a friend, I'm going to push through my failures until it starts to come together. You can learn more from failure than from success. It was very challenging to keep everything angular and blocky. I had fun! I look forward to trying this again after watching the demo.
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Tuija Kuismin
I think you've done a very nice job keeping the lines angular and the shapes blocky. Simplifying enough, just like you've done here, is my work process at the time being, too, so your work was nice to study. Looking forwards to seeing what you'll do after watching the demo.
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Ryan McG
My portrait attempt, post-demo -- 10-min sketch + 60-min drawing. Would love feedback!
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polinaagame
Hello!:) My first pear was before watching the demo, and the next one I made after watching critics, it was fun
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Lolo
Finally got to finish my second attempt on the level 2 portrait after watching the demo. 1st attempt was before the demo.
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Kijeong Kim
Here is my second try.
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Andrea Anaya
This is my first attempt at the pear before watching the demo video. I didn't realize until it was too late that my pear wasn't really centered on the page. I feel like my lines aren't really clean. Maybe I need to slow down when drawing. I found the assignment pretty challenging. I kind of want to attempt level 2 anyway. I used graphite to draw this in a mixed media sketchbook.
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Andrey
Hi! I would love to have some feedback on the recent drawings I had attempted. They were done in order - graphite, markers and charcoal. With charcoal I struggle to get consistent values, similarly with graphite while markers I’ve only recently discovered. The reference I found on Unsplash.
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scott ford
Audrey I have used charcoal in the past and had to layer it to achieve darker values.
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Daniel Stevens
These are great. It seems like you may have struggled the most with the graphite sketch. The coffee or tea in the cup appears to be the same value as your dark half tone on the near facing side of the cup. In the charcoal and marker pieces, those values are clearly defined and are much darker. Given that the graphite was your first attempt, it appears that you caught that and corrected it. The marker one is stunning. I love the subtle plane changes on the handle. I also love the general/ gradual step down in values on the far/ inner curve of the cup. It looks like you selected the right values for the charcoal piece but it seems like you may need to slowly and evenly distribute the pencil strokes. Perhaps picking one direction for each plane/ value and just sticking to it may be helpful. Do you have a reference photo? Awesome work.
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Ben S
More Pears, 4th and 5th overall. Pear #1 but with toned grey paper, a white Posca marker, and diluted ink just for something different and pear #2 with graphite.
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Wolfgang H.G. FELFERNIG
I am far too late right now too - but I am learning (!), because I did my first uploads for the project under the wrong (...) tab. So, these drawings here were done after the demo vids. Nevertheless - many thanks !!
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Malakai King
Wolfgang, your tone distinction in the pear assignment looks good. The shading is smooth. same with the portrait. The shapes are good. The only thing I see is the eyes are a little misaligned vertically. The subject's right eye is a little lower and its plane seem to be angled further down that the left. Other than That, great work. I think you got your proportions down better than me. I need to pay more attention during my lay in.
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Patrik
Hi, I am a bit late for critique but hopefully someone will see it. First two I made first on my own, and second image is with following Proko. Other images are the referenced pears I used. And I have only 2B and 8B so I was balancing them out (but rest of the pencils in-bewteen should come during the week) (edit: they came today! nice) (plus one bonus pear in the end with a looser style) Thank you
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David
This was quite hard for me - I'm more a level 1, but I thought I'd give it a try.
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drawstfffu
I feel like I could have simplified the shapes more but I also didnt quite get the values right
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drawstfffu
tried another one before I moved on
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Gas Station Art
A lot tougher than i expected
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noobartist
Late to the course and I really want to progress a lot this year so any critique is highly welcome!
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balintradics
My first pear. Made on a Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite with an S-Pen using Sketchbook.
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Pat Perron
My attempt on the level 2, I think I need to work on my darker dark to get a better separation of the values!!!
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Glenn Ference
I gave it another go. Happy to get any feedback!
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takayoshiosumi
This is mine!
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