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Old Sunday 4th August 2013, 11:35   #1
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Failinis' learning curve.

Hey everyone.

I am at the moment, filling up sketchbooks with birds over the summer holidays to get a head start when I return to school.
That means I am far too lazy to do "finished" work, so I only have sketches at the moment.

The only finish thing I have is this pheasant lino cut made for a hunter friend of mine and a budgie for a pet shop owner.

From Sep onwards I will be doing more finished bits, mainly through printmaking but I have my roots in drawing, hence the compulsive need to document things in sketches .

Looking through this forum, there are so many talented members, and I would love to gain any advice and tips from them.

Thanks.
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Old Sunday 4th August 2013, 14:54   #2
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warm welcome ...and you started with very nice pictures
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Old Monday 5th August 2013, 09:41   #3
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warm welcome ...and you started with very nice pictures
Thank you :)
I hope I keep this thread going.

Seagull sketches.
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Old Tuesday 13th August 2013, 10:10   #4
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A friend in Africa, doing missionary priest stuff for over 50yrs.
Decided to do a collared dove holding olive leaf and then the oak is from the Irish name of the city we came from, to remind him that we think of him.

I really am not happy with it, I guess this one is a draft as I shall re do.
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Old Tuesday 13th August 2013, 19:43   #5
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why you not happy...it is your special kind of art ,unique

and I like the seagull in the last sketch
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I'm not an artist at all, and not a connoisseur of linocuts (though I do enjoy them). You've probably seen Ken's work (abstract bird), and he and others will probably have more ideas. I think all bird art tries to capture the liveliness of birds, but that is a particular challenge with these kind of print. Your pheasant is wonderful because you've caught that life in the step, but the picture doesn't have to show such a big movement to give the sense that the bird is doing something (not posing). I wonder if you can think more about what the bird is doing, and then change the gesture (wrong word?) a bit.... just a novice's thoughts.
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why you not happy...it is your special kind of art ,unique and I like the seagull in the last sketch
I am not sure why I am not happy, maybe it never turned out the way I planned in my head.
Either way it is god practice. Thanks Lykos.
I done plently more sketches yesterday, I will post them soon.

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I'm not an artist at all, and not a connoisseur of linocuts (though I do enjoy them). You've probably seen Ken's work (abstract bird), and he and others will probably have more ideas. I think all bird art tries to capture the liveliness of birds, but that is a particular challenge with these kind of print. Your pheasant is wonderful because you've caught that life in the step, but the picture doesn't have to show such a big movement to give the sense that the bird is doing something (not posing). I wonder if you can think more about what the bird is doing, and then change the gesture (wrong word?) a bit.... just a novice's thoughts.
Oh yes, I seen Ken's lovely work, as far as I remember he has great backgrounds in his, which is something I rarely do.

I know what you mean by "movement" - its does not need to be doing a back flip or anything, just a more natural pose/posture of being natural in its environment.

I think if I keep doing sketches and plans I will get a feel for the normal movements and actions of each bird.
I am most familiar with pheasants/wood pigeons/starlings and such as I see them daily, I may focus on them, get a feel for their actions :)

Thanks for your advice!
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From Sep onwards I will be doing more finished bits, mainly through printmaking but I have my roots in drawing, hence the compulsive need to document things in sketches .
Nothing wrong with a compulsive need to document things in sketches.

Nice to see someone else who is working in lino as well. You can't go wrong with sketching and I'm sure it will have a good effect on your prints.
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Love the lino's!!
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Nothing wrong with a compulsive need to document things in sketches.

Nice to see someone else who is working in lino as well. You can't go wrong with sketching and I'm sure it will have a good effect on your prints.
I love your lino's, I was snooping about your thread earlier.

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Love the lino's!!
They are so hard to get the hang of, but the method is so addictive and relaxing (well, so long as you avoid stabbing your hands)


Some quick sketches.
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I love in particular your linocuts!

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some great stuff here! The budgie is particularly wonderful!
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