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Buffyverse and Beyond - nmcil12
Graphics - Drawing 
6th-Apr-2016 10:56 pm
Thought I would share my next efforts with learning new techniques - this is a combination of original quick charcoal drawing combined with my tablet - I like the very loose gesture drawing style with the digital painting attempts.  I have always liked this gesture style of drawings - it's how a layout all my pastel paintings.  Working with a digital drawing tablet is very different but I like how I am learning  to combined these very different techniques.

Would appreciate some feed back on what you think works or does not work -

7th-Apr-2016 05:02 am (UTC)
I like! There's a goth vibe that's really intriguing.

7th-Apr-2016 08:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks again - I appreciate the feed back very much.

The original version was very soft colors but I liked the more dynamic effects with this darker shades and yellow color.
7th-Apr-2016 07:21 am (UTC)
I have a graphics tablet and sometimes I think it's great and other times I find it really hard to use. It takes some getting used to and lots of practice! Well done!
7th-Apr-2016 08:23 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear that you find the tablet both good and troublesome and that it will take time and lots of practice - I will keep that in mind when I'm having troubles and needing to be patient. One thing that I love is the ease with all those digital variations - that's a huge benefit from one time original.
7th-Apr-2016 12:57 pm (UTC)
One of the things I'd really like to learn is how to draw and paint and my graphics tablet. It's not as easy as one might think. So I am highly impressed with this. I really like your painting style. If I were to critique, I might suggest a few stronger highlights.
7th-Apr-2016 08:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the suggestion on more highlights - this is a variation from the first which I liked - it has a more dynamic quality that appeals to me.

Indeed - the tablet is so different from being able to go at it totally in free hand mode - I'm looking at come comic book covers to see how some artists are using the digital techniques -

Here is a small version if you want to see the original version.

11th-Apr-2016 07:39 pm (UTC)
I like this drawing very much! I can't draw for the life of me, and I'm completely in awe at what you accomplish! Wonderful!
25th-Apr-2016 06:34 pm (UTC)
I am pretty much a self-taught artist and never ever would have imagined myself as a creative person or that I would one day become involved with art in my life. Way back when I was in the 4th grade a crazy witch of a teacher got pissed of at me because I put the art brushes away "The Wrong Way". Later, after I was ill and missed school when all the preparation instruction for watercolor were given I of course made a total mess of my art WC project. She told me I had absolutely no creative gift at all and so being a young child and having faith that teachers know best - I totally believed her. It was only years and years later that I took up a class, had no idea what the heck I was signing up for, all I wanted was to learn how to do better faces for my cloth dolls with hand embroidered faces.

What I found out was that I loved doing art and what I found out was that anyone can do visual art all you have to do is just start doing it - work on things that you are very interested in or that you are passionate about and DON"T get intimidated or overly concerned with the technical aspect and you Will and Can create interesting and meaningful art. Later after you have spent a good amount of time just loving to create you can go back and do more serious study of technique. What I did was follow my "Just Do It for Love" and simultaneously did the technical study on my own - But it was the "Loving It" that kept me going.

I feel certain that anyone who wants can do visual art - my method I think works great for adults.
29th-Apr-2016 11:30 pm (UTC)
That's interesting and makes it even better what you're doing!

That reminds me of two things - of a great further education week I did for scool way back when they were still free, a week long and even with free single rooms (those were the days...) for arts class (I'm teaching at elementary). It was called 'Modern art - my kids can do that, too' and was a lot about teaching kids at school about modern artists and their work and letting them try to do it like them; but really it was us doing it, and it was the most fun I ever had on a education week! I and another woman and the two trainers were like intoxinated, working like crazy and even forgoing dinner, cause we couldn't stop! I still have some of the works I created there. But - it was nothing like what you do, and I still think I couldn't do that.

The second thing it reminded me of is the way I came to writing. I didn't have a discouraging experience in my life like you (and God, I hope I never accidentally said anything like that to a studen of mine!), but I always thought I couldn't write anything. My sister always told me I would write great letters (looong ones for the few years when she was married in England), but I never took that seriously. When I discovered fanfic and had read like crazy for a few months (not yet Buffy), I had an idea that wouldn't leave me alone, and one day I just sat down and tried to write it. It didn't take more than some days until I had 5 chapters on my hand, and when I reread it, it actually sounded not bad. I sent it to my sister to have a look at it, since I'd written it in English, and she was way better than me back then, and tell me if it was readable or sounded too much like 'simple language', and she encouraged me to post it.

I did, and the reaction over at ff.net was similar to the overwhelming response I had on EF for Melting Fire! I couldn't believe it! But I noticed pretty quickly how I got better, and that is very, very satisfying! So basically the whole second paragraph of your describes it - Just do it for love.
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