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Postby rose » Thu Nov 03, 2011 6:15 pm

No, but a lot of my research and work as a college professor takes me to Japan, usually several times a year and sometimes as long as a year (the longest stretch was about 3 years). I have been visiting since 1967 and intend to retire in Japan. I wish I had sketched earlier in my career; I have many nostalgic memories of steam engines in outlying regions and trolley cars across much of Tokyo before so many subways, bamboo scaffolding, trench digging by hand exposing shoulders with tattoos,... so many more. I should have sketched those things.
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Postby Russ » Fri Nov 04, 2011 10:25 am

Ah, that explains a lot! Yes, many things have disappeared here. It does give extra incentive to sketch them while you can. You never know what will vanish next.
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Re: Artist Cards -

Postby LarryMarshall » Tue Nov 15, 2011 2:28 pm

This thread has been a lot of fun and so I thought I should post one of my meager attempts here to revive it, mostly to put all the great sketches posted by Russ and others up at the top of the forum threads.

They're doing some bridge repairs on the river where I walk daily and I saw this dump truck waiting patiently to dump its load. There was a handy place to sit and so I did and started drawing it. Oh to be able to do a sketch in a reasonable amount of time. Anyways, I sketched, and sketched, and sketched. I erased, and erased, and erased. It was clear I wasn't going to finish the sketch before the truck driver grew old and died so I got out my camera and took a photo of the darn thing. I finished the sketch at home. Who invented wheels, anyway? He sure wasn't a sketcher. Mine go every which way and I'm sure the truck could not roll given the cock-eyed angles of its wheels. Nevertheless, here is the last ATC (2.5x3.5) that I've done. Still learning to "see."
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Postby cyrille » Thu Nov 17, 2011 5:43 pm

I agree with Larry, these cards are really intersting. I shox you here my last three cards made with different mediums.
The first one is an imaginery city colored with a grey felt pen.
The second is a watercolor, the coast in Le Croisic - France (have a look on the web, it's a really nice place).
The last one was made on the beach near my home.
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Postby LarryMarshall » Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:53 pm

It seems, though, that your cards are more interesting than mine, Cyrille. Love the beach scene.
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Postby Russ » Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:19 pm

Wow, those are very interesting indeed. Larry's truck is also impressive. You got the verticals and perspective lines perfect, and the wheels add interest!

I'm still walking around with those little cards in my pocket, which means that sketching happens more often. I need to take to to snap some photos for this thread. Maybe this weekend...
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Re: Artist Cards -

Postby LarryMarshall » Fri Nov 18, 2011 1:30 pm

Russ wrote:...and the wheels add interest!


I've got to gain this perspective somehow. Russ, I drew and redrew those wheels sooooooo many times that the paper in those areas is completely worn out. Mostly it's the same for the rest of the sketch but the wheels are the worst. I didn't try to add watercolor because of the horrible condition of the paper, which is Arches 140lb HP paper. I'm heading in the wrong direction. Too heavy handed, too devoted to 'getting it right' :-(

I need to take to to snap some photos for this thread. Maybe this weekend...


Ah...taking to teasing us, eh? I wait in anticipation. While we wait, you guys can endure a couple more sketches by yours truly.

The first is another building here in Quebec. I'm not sure what it was back when it was the elegant corner building with the large spire. Today it's the home of a hair dresser. Sadly, I couldn't capture the round nature of the spire, which really is the rationale for sketching it in the first place.

I "tried" to loosen things up a bit, not drawing my little window boxes before drawing the windows. This added some sloppy more than painterly variation, I suppose. But I feel that the color is over-done (too dark). Part of that comes from the fact that this is the first time I've used artist-quality watercolors and some new colors as well. The results were a struggle to get the grays I wanted and increased opacity as I'm not used to the higher pigment levels of these paints.

The second sketch is more simple - just my raw inability with a .5mm mechanical pencil in a McDonalds. At the same time, it's the more significant of the two sketches as it is the first "in the middle of people" sketch I've done. I spent about 10 minutes on it, which is some kind of record for me as my building sketches take a couple hours. This one was drawn in a Moleskine sketchbook.
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Postby gpathy » Fri Nov 18, 2011 8:56 pm

Awesome!

Cyrille, I love your buildings from imagination! and of course both the beaches.

Larry, The sketch of the red building is awesome! and of course the truck and the coffee cup!
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Postby Russ » Fri Nov 18, 2011 11:39 pm

I don't know if this helps, but some people start by drawing squares in perspective and then putting circles in them (lop off the corners) after the perspective problems have been worked out.
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Postby mdmattin » Sat Nov 19, 2011 5:30 am

I posted a very wordy explanation of this technique elsewhere. Here is a visual aid. The top row shows the square head-on, with diagonals, horizontal and vertical lines superimposed. The extra diagonals in each quadrant are optional; they can be helpful when constructing the perspective circle. The next 3 diagrams show the square drawn in perspective, the diagonals added to locate the center, and the other lines added with the center as reference. Note that the horizontal line is oriented towards the same vanishing point. The bottom row shows the square with a circle inscribed, then how the circle in the square would look in perspective, and finally the circle with the guidelines removed. When constructing the circle in perspective, think of it quadrant by quadrant. Each arc starts at the center point of a side and curves towards a point on the diagonal, which is the closest it gets to the corner. The trick is to get the right location of that point, and I don't know of a sure fire way that is easy to do in perspective. I sometimes imagine the internal diamond shape rotated 45 degrees so its corner (which equals the radius of the circle) touches the diagonal.
The best way to use this technique, IMO, is as an exercise to gain a better intuitive feel for drawing circles in perspective, and a safety net to fall back on in a tricky situation.
BTW, I cheated - I did the diagrams in Illustrator, because I happened to be sitting here working in Illustrator and was too lazy to do it with pencil and paper and drag out the scanner. However, it really is quite easy to do by hand.
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Re: Artist Cards -

Postby gpathy » Sat Nov 19, 2011 7:19 am

Drawing 'em circles appears so seemingly simple... wish it was a simple ellipse from which every way... but alas no...

Thanks Matthew!! The square and diagonals are the only way to get 'em right.
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Postby Russ » Sat Nov 19, 2011 10:17 am

Ah yes, I knew I saw that somewhere! Thanks for the info!
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Re: Artist Cards -

Postby LarryMarshall » Sat Nov 19, 2011 11:25 pm

Russ wrote:I don't know if this helps, but some people start by drawing squares in perspective and then putting circles in them (lop off the corners) after the perspective problems have been worked out.


Excepting my last building sketch, this is what I've been doing for each window of my buildings, ensuring not only perspective but that a line of windows was, well, lined up with one another. It certainly works but it sure is slow.

Maybe my thoughts are way off but it seems to me that "sketching" shouldn't take several hours per sketch :-)
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Postby Russ » Sat Nov 19, 2011 11:38 pm

I suppose a sketch shouldn't go several hours, but I have had a few go that long. I think the longest was 4 hours, and I have no idea why it took so long! Maybe because I was sitting down and in no hurry.

Now if a trading card size sketch goes 4 hours, I might try to speed up on the next one...
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Postby rose » Sun Nov 20, 2011 1:21 pm

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Santa sitting by a sunken hearth and more patient than the Walmart I visited yesterday which had Christmas things out already. I wonder if Santa has a craft shop anymore...
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