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post #1 of Old 10-06-2015, 08:28 AM Thread Starter
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New to drawing

I have done some drawing when I was in my teens but never really went for anything realistic. Now 40 some years later, I've purchased a sketch book and some pencils and trying to take it a little more seriously. After a weeks worth of practice, I drew my grandson from a photo. Looks a little cartoonish but it's better than anything I've ever done.

I know I need a lot of practice and I have to overcome hand tremors while I work. I don't think it's impossible though and I'm really enjoying drawing again.

BTW, this is the only forum I found where other drawers actually make comments and offer help. This is what I'm looking for and I hope to become a recognized name here by commenting and interacting with you all. Anyway, here's my first drawing that I actually like.

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Well welcome! This is a good group of very talented artists and I hope you stick around.

You have a very nice start here. There are a couple of things I would suggest looking at first if your ultimate goal is realism. Shading is uber important. I would practice on that using everyday objects. We have a member here who often suggests using a pool ball and that is an excellent suggestion. Boxes..just day to day objects. Keep a sketchbook and draw daily the things you see and focus on your shapes and shading. That foundational work will go a long long way.

Also important in realism is to eliminate outlining. There are no true outlines when you look at something in real life. That is where learning to shade well comes into play. Your shading becomes how you define your subject matter.

I will say that (for me) portraits are difficult. You have to get the proportions just right. The eyes look a little too large in this particular piece however the fact that you were able to achieve what you did after only a weeks practice is very very good. I look forward to your future drawings.

Keep up with the sketchbook..draw daily and draw everyday things you see..don't get too ambitious to start off with..start small and try to master some basic skills and move up from there.

Nice job and once again..welcome!



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Thanks very much for the input Chanda. I'll try to get back to basics as you suggest. Lot's of simple shading practice.

No outlines?? That's going to be difficult.
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Thanks very much for the input Chanda. I'll try to get back to basics as you suggest. Lot's of simple shading practice.

No outlines?? That's going to be difficult.
In time you will find it's not as difficult as you may think. The trick is when you start drawing in your shapes..do it very very lightly..then use your shading to to do the work for you. If you draw your shapes in with a dark outline it becomes extremely difficult, if not impossible, to fix.



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This is where my tremors give me trouble. The lighter I draw, the more squiggly the line. I really need an extremely light pencil for this. What is the lightest pencil made?
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Welcome to the forum DickHutchings. I hope you enjoy our little community and I am very glad you joined us. I think your drawing is great for getting back to drawing after 40 years. Chanda95 is one of the best graphite artists I know and taking her advice will make you improve quickly.



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This is where my tremors give me trouble. The lighter I draw, the more squiggly the line. I really need an extremely light pencil for this. What is the lightest pencil made?
Well ideally what you want to do, if you haven't done so already, is purchase yourself a set of graphite pencils and start experimenting. H pencils are going to have your harder leads and will generally be lighter when working with them and the B pencils have a softer lead and are typically used for darker shading.

9H is going to be about the lightest you can go..


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OK, so I need 3H through 9H. Thanks.
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Welcome to the forum DickHutchings. I hope you enjoy our little community and I am very glad you joined us. I think your drawing is great for getting back to drawing after 40 years. Chanda95 is one of the best graphite artists I know and taking her advice will make you improve quickly.
That's very kind of you Terry!



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OK, so I need 3H through 9H. Thanks.
No problem. Good luck and like I said there are several graphite artists here who are more than willing to help out as you go along. I think one of the neatest things in the world is to watch someone start off and improve as they go. Terry is an incredible testament to that. She has just blossomed artistically and with your foundation I know you will as well.

The main advice I can give though is don't be afraid of values. It took me years to understand that going dark was nothing to be afraid of. I encourage experimentation and practice with the entire range from the H to the B. Get yourself comfortable with them all. You will find down the road that becoming comfortable and proficient with all the different pencils will be a huge help. It also helps you determine what you like best. Personally I hate the H pencils for the mere fact of how they feel on the paper. I use them when I have to but I have learned to use the HB pencils for my layout pencils..I just use a lighter pressure.



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