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  • #671

    Jim
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    @jimbo24

    Good morning all. Well here is my first effort, as you can tell I am new to this and my drawing lines are to dark and I really do want to be looser but I have to start somewhere. The actual painting took 24 minutes but my drawing about an hour and 4 attempts, nearly worn out an eraser :-). The paper is Bockingford 140lb not, brush round 14 and Jackson’s artist watercolour paints.
    Looking forward to taking an active part here and eventually try some of Patrick’s tutorials.
    Cheers

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  • #672

    Martin
    Webmaster
    @dragonmaster

    He is fabulous Jim, you have painted it very well! The reflection of the frog is superb and your colours are fresh and not muddy! Well done!

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  • #677

    Jim
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    @jimbo24

    Thanks Martin

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  • #680

    Fifi
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    @fionafrazer

    Great frog. If you have trouble with drawing, you might consider getting a light table (Amazon has lots at varying price points) or doing the old taping your picture and paper to a window trick! Tracing is a perfectly acceptable method, and relieves some of the anxiety! Lots do this, so you won’t be alone.

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  • #688

    Jim
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    @jimbo24

    thanks FiFi. I want to try drawing as I eventually would like to be able to paint plein aire and not rely and having to print out reference pictures. Not just plein aire but draw freehand always.
    A while before this happens I know so might have to do a bit of each and trace until i’m more proficient

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    • #692

      Looby Loo
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      @lyndarugg

      Hi Jim, if you use the grid method I think of this as a ‘halfway home method’. You are still drawing but using the grids as guidance and hopefully still learning. If it was good enough for Leonardo it’s good enough for me!
      I have sketchbooks where I only free hand and others where my priority is the rendering/colouring and so I use a grid or trace to get my spacing right. Even with this you can still mess it up…but it helps! And I think sometimes it can be very disheartening if you struggle with every picture right from the get go!

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  • #693

    Lora
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    @loracrawford

    This is great! I can’t draw well either and I also have trouble getting the loose style down pat so you’re not alone! Many beginners have that problem.

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  • #726

    judy
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    @judyr

    Well done, Jim! You picked a hard subject for your first post and did a great job with it. The drawing will improve with practice. And a loose style of painting can hide a multitude of sins. 😉

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  • #728

    Jim
    Participant
    @jimbo24

    Thank you all for your encouragement and tips on helping me forward.

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  • #829

    Margaret
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    @margaretmartin

    Great job, Jim! I like to try and get my proportions right in my sketch book and then trace the main (troublesome) areas onto my watercolour paper to save rubbing all the sizing off. For this, I use tracing tissue and scribble on the back with my 6B graphite pencil. The grid method is also a good way to improve your drawing skills. It doesn’t really matter as long as you enjoy the process. Keep at it! 😀

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  • #864

    Robert
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    @robert

    I also sketch on roll trace paper and then transfer to the watercolor paper.. A light box or a sunlite window work great to do the tracing.. Great frog..with a wonderful smile

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