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Begin with Drawing...

Hey All,

I am a retired Science Teacher that also worked as a Marine Biologist. I am also a vet, spending some time in the desert. I guess that is what ultimately made me settle down in Arizona.

A few months ago I decided to learn painting, but a close friend talked me into learning graphite and charcoal first. He told me learning to draw in B&W first, then adding colors would make painting much easier.

Made sense to me... back in the 'Olden Days' I was quite the B&W photographer using medium and large format cameras.

I particularly enjoy the outdoors, so landscape drawing is my primary interest. I got some pencils and paper a few weeks ago, this is my third attempt.

Cheers!

ML
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post #2 of Old 05-19-2019, 08:08 PM
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Murphy,

There is too much information on your graphite, I think, probably because of your photography background, the camera takes in everything at once. My advice would be to start off with a line composition, no short lines...ie no trees or long grass. Be general. Your friend is right, but just keep everything in big shapes (areas), then go into details. Just imagine a vast land of blurred shades/tones as a start. Focus on the feel for the landscape and how it recedes, how the wind flows first. Hope this helps. I am not a landscape painter, but art is all the same...strength is more important than a likeness.

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