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

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Stan Prokopenko
The first project of the Drawing Basics course is to challenge yourself to simplify the shapes, edges, and values of a pear or portrait from observation. I provide you two photo options over in the downloads tab. Being able to simplify is a very useful skill to be able to communicate clearly in your drawings.
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stvr
11h
Here is my first attempt at the Level 2 portrait. Im finding that Im loving the process of looking for shapes and trying to map them out.
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Pali Espinosa
Here’s my level 1 assignment. I’ll work on the portrait after watching the new videos.
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Zak
19h
Having a little fomo for the demo and critiques of the level 2, decided to give the portrait a shot.
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Doodle Disaster
I did it wrong
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noobartist
First portrait attempt without demo. Definitely need more work on my shapes.
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Ian
Here’s my pear and portrait. Simplification is hard
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balintradics
My first pear. Made on a Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite with S-Pen.
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memochill
My pear :3 Enjoyed a lot drawing this, probably will do the portrait later.
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October Comstock
Done in Procreate, this was a lot tougher than I thought it was gonna be 😅 but it was good for my art brain haha
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Andrey
I wanted to try something that's very different from what I'm used to. Colour. So I tried to draw still life I found the reference online. Used markers. Not yet sure how to use them properly so rendering may be hit and miss really. Attempted to combine a little bit with white pastel pencil, it seems to kind of work. Will experiment further.
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Claudia Finelle
are they alcohol markers? you need to give them a second pass. I like how you colored the shadows on the pitcher. Thats how to use them. Layer the colors, it feels like painting.
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Brad Clement
Couldn’t resist a value study in watercolor. From ref #2.
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Micah Glinter
Done the assignment for this week, it’s something I don’t do often but I love doing simple studies like such! Hope everyone here is enjoying themselves and having lots in fon😌👌
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Micah Glinter
my sisters have completed the assignment for the week, ready for more! They love the course so far and have lots to learn.
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Naomi Conrad
Hello everyone, I have attached my first attempts at pears 1,2 and 3. I had a hard time differentiating between the two non-highlight light values, but had a fun time trying to find the shapes. Please feel free to critique :)
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tarkin77
I've always found that one of my biggest problems when drawing is getting proportions correct. This pear is probably still a little off, but I found that simplifying the shape really helped.
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Brad Clement
Another go at ref #1. I’m using Strathmore drawing paper, but I feel like I’m fighting the paper texture- maybe working larger would help. This pear is about 5” high.
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Jacob Huff
Finally catching up. Going to watch the example video tomorrow and try again.
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Al Bach
Here’s my pear before watching Stan’s lesson. As others have mentioned, it was hard to get the five values to appear as an evenly spaced progression.
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Matthew Chamberlin
My biggest struggle with the pear was getting consistent shading both in terms of texture and value, especially such that the distinction between the 5 tones was obvious while still feeling integrated and 3-dimensional. When working on the portrait, I allowed myself to design slightly more complex shapes, but focused much more on getting consistent and distinct tones. I think it helped that I used consistent tools (all the same brand of woodless graphite.) I kinda phoned it in with the shirt, but overall I think the portrait turned out better -- at least according to the criteria of the project -- and was actually easier. Curious what others think. Would love some feedback! (I’m not sure where my original post went, so here it is again.)
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Brad Clement
Pears from refs 2 & 3, plus portrait attempts before and after watching the demo. A lot more measuring and erasing the second time around. All that erasing ruining any chance of seeping my shapes crisp. Comments/ crits welcome.
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rskelly2808
I am late with the course…but my first drawing of a pear…needs much work. Used the image provided with the course. Now to watch how Stan drew his. Practice this week is definitely on my schedule.
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