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Old Friday 25th April 2014, 17:53   #1
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My old thread expired so I had to create a new one.

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Old Friday 25th April 2014, 22:26   #2
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Hi Oskar,
My thread was out of date too. I tried to resurrect it, but I might have to start a new one.
Looks like you had a good sketching session. I especially like the tufted duck and the gull. Good idea to write notes alongside your drawings.
If you don't mind, may I make a suggestion? Make sure the ducks' bodies are large enough compared to their heads. It's easy to focus on the head because that's where the expression and character are concentrated. I think the proportions would be better if the bodies were a bit larger though. Good sense of the size relationship between the birds and their habitat. I look forward to seeing more of your sketches.
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Old Saturday 26th April 2014, 00:41   #3
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Hi Oskar,
My thread was out of date too. I tried to resurrect it, but I might have to start a new one.
Looks like you had a good sketching session. I especially like the tufted duck and the gull. Good idea to write notes alongside your drawings.
If you don't mind, may I make a suggestion? Make sure the ducks' bodies are large enough compared to their heads. It's easy to focus on the head because that's where the expression and character are concentrated. I think the proportions would be better if the bodies were a bit larger though. Good sense of the size relationship between the birds and their habitat. I look forward to seeing more of your sketches.
I don't mind at all, that is some good advice you're giving me. I did not notice until now how big of a head the tufted duck had, funny how the eyes can be blinded when looking at one's own work. Perhaps the other bodies needs to be a bit larger too, the tufted duck stood out though.

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Old Monday 5th May 2014, 10:10   #4
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Bit of experimentation with water soluble graphite. Tail should've been behind the branch, didn't see that until it was too late.
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Old Monday 5th May 2014, 19:45   #5
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Excellent especially the head think if you get that right you are almost there. Balance and shape looks great.
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Old Tuesday 13th May 2014, 11:33   #6
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Love the character of this bird. You've caught that really well. If you darken the branch to a similar tone to the tail, the positions of each will be less noticeable.

Water-soluble graphite pencils are great, aren't they? A very under-used medium, I think.
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Old Friday 16th May 2014, 08:16   #7
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Your well on your way there Oskar
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Love the character of this bird. You've caught that really well. If you darken the branch to a similar tone to the tail, the positions of each will be less noticeable.

Water-soluble graphite pencils are great, aren't they? A very under-used medium, I think.
Yes it was a pretty fun medium to use, I used a thin paper though so it buckled immediately. Will maybe have another go at it in the future.
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Watercolour with white gouache highlighting.
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Geese in water, gouache and watercolour.
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