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February 19, 2013 - 7:55 am
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Hi,

I has been a while since I posted, but with the cold weather outside I found some time again to pick up drawing again.

This is one my better works from the last few months, although I left the prop out intentionally. The reason for it, is that I didn´t want to spoil the drawing with something I haven´t fully mastered yet.

The only thing (apart from the prop) that bothers me is the accuracy of the roundel and the squadron numbers. Any tips in improving this (and how to draw a realistic prop) would be very much appreciated. Please note that this picture is about double the size of the original. I realize that the bigger the drawing, the more accurate one could draw, but for some reason I always draw within a certain size which is usually about a quarter of an A4 sheet

 

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February 21, 2013 - 9:44 am
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surprised  What happened to the previous replies?

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You  maybe  need  to    consider   moving  up  the  size  scale  .  Nothing  is  for  ever  –  moving  out  of  a  comfort  zone  is  not  for  everyone  but if you want  to  progress I  think   you  need  to  take  the  plunge . That’s  not  a  bad  drawing .

With  pencil  work   , patience  in  building  up  layers  is , for  me , a key of  accurate  finishes .  With  the  roundel  and  letters  it  looks  like  you’ve  gone  straight  to a dark  pencil to   achieve  the tonal    difference . 

You could  try  drawing the  outlines  accurately and  very faintly   –  then  shading  gently and  accurately   with  a   3H  pencil    till  you’ve   covered  the  object  with  several layers  of  graphite . then  go  progressively  darker  HB , then  2B   repeating  the  gentle  layering and  resisting  the  temptation  to  press  any    more  than  is  necessary  to    add  cover . It’s  not  that  slow  a  process  once  you get  the   hang  of   shading   gently ,  evenly    but  rapidly  – generally   stroking  in the  same  direction.

Avoid  the  temptation  to  “draw “along  the  edge  lines  of  letter sor  follow  the   circumference  of  the circles   –  rather  shade  in  small  strokes  across  the  area of  them.

The  pencil section  in  the ” Wet  Canvas ” site  is   a   marvellous  resource  for  picking  up    tips.

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February 22, 2013 - 11:39 am
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Thanks for the comment and the tips!

With regards to the scale, it is something that I do without thinking. I think it is the boundaries of an A4 sheet that keeps me subconsciously in check. I think I´m a bit scared that I will fall of the page, sort to speak.

You were right that I went straight for the 4B pencil on the roundels and numbers. I will try your advice on my next drawings.

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Just  to  note  that    the  Wet  Canvas site  section  I  referred  to  is  actually ” Drawing  and  Sketching”    –  there  are  some    great  exponents  of  the  art  on  there  .  Not  to  say  there  aren’t  any  on  here  –   just  that  they   respond  fairly  quickly  on  Wet Canvas    and  there  is  a  great  deal  of  guidance  already  on  there. 

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Why not do the same size drawing in the middle of a sheet of A3 & see if that tempts you to go ove the edge of your boundry, even if it is just landscape

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Unfortunately I don’t have the space available to draw on an A3 sheet. All of my drawings are made on the corner of my kitchen isle, which doesn’t lend it self to start drawing on that kind of format.

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