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post #1 of Old 04-23-2019, 12:18 AM Thread Starter
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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.


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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 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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Looks lovely and welcome to the art world! I like the way you've handled your mark making. It's very sensitive and authentic because of it's directness. You may want to consider organizing the elements in terms of shapes, values, edges and then colors. Try putting all of the details and value range in the areas closest to the camera while letting the value range and level of detail decrease for the areas farther away (atmospheric perspective).

Keep going sir!

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