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Old Wednesday 16th November 2011, 16:08   #1
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Whats this a Pencil

I'm no Artist and never will be its something your born with but I enjoy looking at wonderful works of art. Nearly anyone can pick up a camera & take a pretty good shot but picking up a pen brush or pencil and producing work like Tim (id have the lot if id got £s) Phil master of the sketch pad, nick, Russ, and a chap I cant remember his name (Mr Bic Pen) + many more is a hell of a skill.
Well I have not picked up a pencil in 25 years (since leaving school) but looking at all the art on here I did. Its not worthy for a forum of this quality but I enjoyed putting pencil to paper & will do again if only for my own pleasure. I wont be a regular poster but keep up the gob smacking work for us all to enjoy
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Old Wednesday 16th November 2011, 16:13   #2
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Nowt wrong with those two pics mate Certainly a LOT better than I can do

Look forward to seeing more at YOUR pace - no point in doing art if it becomes a chore instead of fun and relaxing, is it?
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Old Wednesday 16th November 2011, 16:38   #3
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Well all have to start somewhere in life, what ever we do, Painting or Photography. Having now done both, and starting with very basic knowledge, Ive progressed slowly....but my listerning, watching and trying for yourself, learn from your mistakes and most of all, enjoy the ride.....Changes do happen, all to different degrees..
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Old Wednesday 16th November 2011, 17:32   #4
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WOW Paul - these are great, man. The textures you're introducing here, paricularly the avocet piece, contribute to very accomplished work. Your lines are sensitively but confidently made. Lovely work - but take Gill's advice; do it for yourself and at your own pace. Just make sure you post the results here!!!
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Old Wednesday 16th November 2011, 18:50   #5
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you say that your no artist......well I'd hate to see if you were, nowt wrong with them, don't be so hard on yourself, its all practice....mark
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so glad you did pick up the pencil again! DO post what you do, when you can - there's nothing but enjoyment to be had in doing so. Some really lovely work there.
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Many Thanks for kind words!I had an hour last night whilst the Mrs was watching I'm a celebrity get me out of here Looks like I may treat myself to some pencils instead of pinching the kids & nip to the Library for some basic art books
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Old Thursday 17th November 2011, 09:52   #8
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I had an hour last night whilst the Mrs was watching I'm a celebrity get me out of here Looks like I may treat myself to some pencils instead of pinching the kids & nip to the Library for some basic art books
You so should! For someone who claims to be 'no artist' these show a great deal of accomplishment. Well done and keep doing!

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Old Friday 18th November 2011, 03:21   #9
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Nice pearls Paul!

Blog is brilliant also. Hope to see more of these sketchlings...
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Old Friday 18th November 2011, 13:14   #10
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I'm no Artist and never will be its something your born with but I enjoy looking at wonderful works of art. Nearly anyone can pick up a camera & take a pretty good shot but picking up a pen brush or pencil and producing work like Tim (id have the lot if id got £s) Phil master of the sketch pad, nick, Russ, and a chap I cant remember his name (Mr Bic Pen) + many more is a hell of a skill.
Well I have not picked up a pencil in 25 years (since leaving school) but looking at all the art on here I did. Its not worthy for a forum of this quality but I enjoyed putting pencil to paper & will do again if only for my own pleasure. I wont be a regular poster but keep up the gob smacking work for us all to enjoy
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Not sure I fully agree with your comments here. True, talent is required to be outstanding, but hard work, application and enthusiasm will take you a very long way, at least I'm led to believe! I don't consider myself a talent compared to what's on offer on BF. What you see from me is the product of many, many hours field sketching. Some of time I'm not birding as such; I go out solely with drawing/sketching in mind. Most of it I find very enjoyable; in the wind and cold it's more a labour of love.
Are these done from life? If so they are a thousand miles better than I could manage a few years ago. Advice? Listen to the guys on here, don't be afraid to experiment (unlike me!) and enjoy!

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Old Friday 18th November 2011, 14:29   #11
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so glad you did pick up the pencil again! DO post what you do, when you can - there's nothing but enjoyment to be had in doing so. Some really lovely work there.
Have to agree with Nick, Tim and all the others. There's nothing but enjoyment to be had in continuing to work and posting it. These are really very nice drawings, esp. after a 25 year absence.
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Old Monday 21st November 2011, 12:27   #12
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I had a another little play after the kids were in bed. My last post on this thread for a bit untill I improve or aquire a lot more of my own blury digiscope images to copy off
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well done, keep going, would love to see more...
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Old Tuesday 22nd November 2011, 03:23   #14
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Old Wednesday 23rd November 2011, 15:24   #15
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Very sensitive drawings Paul!
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Old Monday 28th November 2011, 23:33   #16
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Had another little play using pen instead of pencil, tricky to say the least Ok its no Mr Bic Pen but to be honest Im quite happy with the results for a non artist
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Really beautiful drawings Paul!
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It is easy to be self deprecating as an artist ( I am rarely happy with my own work) However, practice does bring it's own rewards - I enjoy the proccess so much particulary when working in the field - I have spent the last few years documenting my artistic adventures and although I can look back with a critical 'eye' - it is the subjects that inspire my work, that are the 'stars of the show'
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A nice sense of both pose and character in these last ones.
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Playing with pens

I had another play with pen again I think they are an improvment on the last attempt. The Shorty is one of my favourite birds but looking at its plumage I thought where the hell do I start First attempt was awful possibly looking to hard at the feather detail.
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love your sketches Paul .just keep enjoying it these owls scream with personality & presence.
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These are outstanding Paul! Let's have none of this 'Im no artist and never will be' nonsense! You've tempted me to try the old bic! Seriously these are very, very good. A revelation, in fact. I'm now doubting the authenticity of your introductory comments!

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These are fine pieces of art, and very worthy of the forum! I just found the thread and am glad I did - keep posting!
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I had another play with pen again I think they are an improvment on the last attempt. The Shorty is one of my favourite birds but looking at its plumage I thought where the hell do I start First attempt was awful possibly looking to hard at the feather detail.
good bold decisive moment on the SEO last version- just to note them markings and not get bogged down
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