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  • #738

    Jim
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    @jimbo24

    Hi All, here is my second effort of the day. took the whole 30 minutes to paint so stopped there not that I knew if i might have improved it if possible. I tried to draw it using a grid as suggested by Loo but that wasn’t very good so I used a method suggested by Fi,sort of, I don’t own a lightbox so put the image on my laptop, turned the brightness up then traced it onto tracing paper I acquired from my screen (probably not recommended) and finally transfered it to my watercolour paper.
    I am at least pleased with the drawing even if my painting leaves a bit to be desired.
    Cheers
    jim

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  • #740

    Martin
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    @dragonmaster

    Superbly done Jim, I honestly don’t think it matters whether you trace an image or not, at the end of the day its more about the enjoyment of the activity for me than the actual end result. I don’t have the patience to trace and then transfer images to watercolour paper, but if the method works for you then why not? It takes the pressure off learning to draw and also gives you an insight into shapes and perspective. A really good time trial painting, you should be really pleased with it!

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  • #742

    Fifi
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    @fionafrazer

    Wow – this is really good! I also don’t have the patience to transfer from tracing paper, and trace directly onto my watercolor paper. I think you are being quite hard on yourself, the painting is well done.

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  • #756

    Looby Loo
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    @lyndarugg

    That’s great! I really don’t think that you can expect to learn everything, all at once. You can oncentrate on different elements each time, the drawing or the ‘colouring in’ as my husband calls it. It will all come together in time!

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  • #757

    Jim
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    @jimbo24

    [quote quote=742] and trace directly onto my watercolor paper. [/quote]
    Thanks guys. Fi, using a light box do you put print on box and you can see through paper to trace it.
    I really want to stop having a dependency on using a printer hence hoping to learn to draw well enough, also my preference is towards a loose style but it seems so difficult at the minute.
    practice practice practice

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    • #765

      Fifi
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      @fionafrazer

      Yes, the Lightbox has a bulb which provides the light. I personally prefer the window trick! I didn’t know about the Tracedown paper. Frankly, I seldom trace or use the light box, as I can draw better than I can paint!

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  • #758

    judy
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    @judyr

    Hi Jim, this is very well done. I think for beginners (or even more experienced artists) the use of a light pad/box is a tool worth having. It allows someone who isn’t skilled at drawing to concentrate on the painting (which is what they really want to do!) and come away with a satisfactory result.
    I have a light pad and use it mostly to transfer my own sketches from sketchbook to watercolor paper. I make all my drawing mistakes on the sketch paper. You lay down your photograph or sketch and lay the watercolor paper on top. The light is very bright and you can easily trace the composition.

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  • #762

    Mark
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    @markabrahams

    A really good result Jim.I also use a lightpad sometimes particularly for portraits. But a cheaper method is simply to use Tracedown paper which is a graphite backed paper to trace the photo directly on to your wc paper.

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  • #766

    Looby Loo
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    @lyndarugg

    Jim, Tracedown is under £5 for 5 sheets on amazon and they can be re used time and time again. Also it comes in different colours if you ever want to paint on different colour paper but that is probably more likely with pastel or colour pencil work. There’s also the old trick of just scribbling with the over the lines with the pencil on the back. Personally I have some pan pastels and when that is put over the back of a drawing it does the same job but quicker!

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  • #767

    Jim
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    @jimbo24

    Thank you everyone for your thoughts and help.

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  • #803

    Margaret
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    @margaretmartin

    I love the boot. Well done! It doesn’t really matter how you get it done. Tracing is NOT cheating. Just continue to enjoy the challenges. 😀

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