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post #1 of Old 11-02-2010, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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I am a young inexperienced artist with no formal training, although I did watch Mark Kistler on PBS when I was knee high to a grass hopper and up until I grew in my adult teeth, although I don't think I'll get into art school with that kind of qualification. I enjoy animals, TV, food, and of course, art. I enjoy drawing and making torn paper collages... I haven't made a likeness of a person yet (they never turn out) but have done several animal 'portraits'.

If the linkey works here will be a picture of a goldfish I made in torn paper collage. So far I have given away or sold every torn paper collage I have made, so that is fun-sometimes it is good to get these things out!






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post #2 of Old 11-02-2010, 11:48 PM
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Hello bat.
That fish turned out very well. The other two pics you posted don't show up. Perhaps you linked them to your account and didn't upload them to a photo sharing site like photobucket. I would like to see more of your work.

Do I detect a hint of doubt in you about your talent? We all start out as "a young inexperienced artist with no formal training". Have no doubt. You are an artist.

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There is no age limit in art, you are headed in the right direction, I like your fish it is a good art work , Art is about expressing yourself there is no room for self doubt, I just found out myself that I am an artist myself, although I am not as young as you, I am having fun discovering myself as an artist, you too should have fun with your art and in time you will be good at it, I like taking chances with my painting or charcoal drawings, you have to be daring for me it is the only way to find out if something will turn out to be a good piece of work, I do not have any backround in Art, but if I can do it I am sure that you can do it as well. Keep up the good work and most of all don't forget to have fun while you are at it.
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Thanks for the encouragement!

I have been doodling since I was two and made 'murals' on the wall with crayon, my artwork just hasn't always been encouraged ! Lately I've gotten some of my home critics to smile at my stuff, I guess they considered their wall paper artwork in it's self. Well, that was a while ago, now I enjoy collages as they are like a puzzle, but if I lose a piece no sweat! Hopefully these guys show up, I'm not good with technical stuff...



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I somehow couldn't tackle painting so I got into collage... so yes, I do not think that I can do all thing haha. And for people, well I start out with Theodore Roosevelt and end up with an Asian looking dude! So yeah, human beings are a challenge.
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post #6 of Old 11-03-2010, 11:25 AM
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Your cardinals are talking about the snow? Great piics.


The seceret that most never learn about drawing human faces is; don't use lines. That might take some explaination.
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My cardinals are talking trash about a blue jay that is sitting just out of view XD. Thanks for the complement.

Now about faces, you mean only shading? If so and that works I will like, cry with joy!
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My cardinals are talking trash about a blue jay that is sitting just out of view XD. Thanks for the complement.

Now about faces, you mean only shading? If so and that works I will like, cry with joy!
Thanks a ton
It is more than just shading. It is the illusion of depth and shape by contrast of shades. I would be in affect carving the picture out of a blank piece of paper. The portraits that I have posted here were drawn when I was still discovering this. I have made some that could nearly pass for photos. There are no lines and the only white would be the gleem on the eyes and teeth. By drawing this way, the pictures looked more realistic. If you look at a persons face, there are actually no lines with the exception of hair. The first pictures that I drew to this degree took six months.
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The same approach can be done on hands too.
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post #10 of Old 11-03-2010, 09:26 PM
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Wow, those are great! I've never seen so much detail in a collage before. I see some newsprint in there. What kind of paper are you using for the colored pieces? No formal training for me either, but have learned a lot from books and trial and error. I have an easier time with animals than I do with people, too.

"Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere." - Gilbert K. Chesterton
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