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    Quote Originally Posted by Katy Lied View Post
    Wuap, thanks for introducing us to Clifton.

    TooBlue: I would love to learn more digital art, even though it feels like cheating because I often scan in and oversketch photos on my ipad pro. Unlike talents like Cowboy who dont even do plein air. Your work is amazing. Thanks for the references.

    What digital apps would you recommend? I use Procreate for almost everything, and Adobe for lettering.
    I use Alias Sketch and Procreate, also Apple Notes is fantastic—it almost feels like drawing with a real pencil on board. The Adobe iPad apps are not great; I have them but never use them. It's not cheating. Norman Rockwell painted from reference photos extensively for his Saturday Evening Post cover illustrations. He would post notices on the bulletin board at church in his small town indicating what kind of models he was looking for, from among his neighbours and friends. He also hired models, when he needed a particular look:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...strations.html

    Great Artists, ancient and modern have all relied on models, and eventually on cameras (camera obscura):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3aA6xi_jmc

    Donato Giancola does amazing sci-fi work, drawing from great reference photos:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2sgl1N6hE8

    Now I realize that Rockwell and Giancolo are drawing by looking at the image or even "plein air" but is that really that different than tracing—especially if its a photograph, for which you own the copyright?

    I mostly draw by looking at my subject matter I have posed and then photographed. But sometimes I do trace, especially if the photo was so carefully constructed by me to be traced. Here's an illustration created from a photo I use as an in-class demo (drawing free-hand by looking at the photo; no tracing):

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    Water colour, Acrylic, coloured pencil on water colour paper 8x10"

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowboy View Post
    This is what happens when I try to draw from memory. The other day, my son's horse jumped and took a few hops. He looked like he was a goner, lost a stirrup and was leaning toward the outside when he found his determination and reached down to hold on and make the ride. I can see it clearly in my mind but can't make it to paper. The look on his face when he stayed on was priceless: a combination of amazement and pride.

    Edit: I didn't mean for the first shot to be so large. It's only sketched on a 5x8 notepad in a portrait view with a regular #2 pencil. Aside from being hard to see, the first attachment was way too magnified.

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    Lovely gesture.
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    I came across the work of Eyvind Earle on Twitter a while back, and I love his work. I think he used to be a Disney artist. His work certainly has that stylized look:
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    I'd love to buy some prints, but all I can find are official prints from select galleries. So now I'm not so sure how much I love his stuff.

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    Any of you guys ever hear of "The Gnarled Branch" dude? He goes to thrift stores and buys cheap paintings/prints and then "redirects" them by putting some additions on the paintings. He has an FB page, Instagram, Etsy, etc.

    https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/TheGnarledBranch/items
    https://www.instagram.com/thegnarledbranch/
    https://www.redbubble.com/shop/the+g...ordion=product

    It is kitsch and cheesy as hell, but I love it. Seriously considering buying a copy of the Matt Foley print.

    A few examples:






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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Any of you guys ever hear of "The Gnarled Branch" dude? He goes to thrift stores and buys cheap paintings/prints and then "redirects" them by putting some additions on the paintings. He has an FB page, Instagram, Etsy, etc.

    https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/TheGnarledBranch/items
    https://www.instagram.com/thegnarledbranch/
    https://www.redbubble.com/shop/the+g...ordion=product

    It is kitsch and cheesy as hell, but I love it. Seriously considering buying a copy of the Matt Foley print.

    A few examples:






    Kitsch yes, but then what art isn't? Strangely fun stuff—in a way kinda reminds me of SIMON STÅLENHAG's sci-fi retro paintings:





    https://wowxwow.com/artist-profile/simon-stalenhag-ap
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    This guy is great. I think I'll buy something.
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    On my mission, I was transferred to a new area just as an elderly woman was being baptized. I did the last two discussions. She had a large mural of the silhouette of a mountain range in front of a red-orange sky. I liked it as it reminded me of the sunsets in Arizona.

    I complimented her on the painting and she thanked me and said it was new. When we came back, I realized something was a little strange about one of the peaks. It had a unique outcropping at the very top that didn't seem normal for a mountain. "That looks like a breast and nipple," I thought. I looked to the left and right of the nippled peak in horror as I realized I'd heaped praise upon a nude woman's silhouette, realizing in a moment of shocking clarity that she said it was a "nude" and not new.
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    Coulda been worse. Orchids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Monstah View Post
    On my mission, I was transferred to a new area just as an elderly woman was being baptized. I did the last two discussions. She had a large mural of the silhouette of a mountain range in front of a red-orange sky. I liked it as it reminded me of the sunsets in Arizona.

    I complimented her on the painting and she thanked me and said it was new. When we came back, I realized something was a little strange about one of the peaks. It had a unique outcropping at the very top that didn't seem normal for a mountain. "That looks like a breast and nipple," I thought. I looked to the left and right of the nippled peak in horror as I realized I'd heaped praise upon a nude woman's silhouette, realizing in a moment of shocking clarity that she said it was a "nude" and not new.
    In my home growing up, we had a large painting hanging in our front foyer of two woman standing side by side, one of which was partially nude showing a breast through a sheer robe. It was painted in an impressionistic style by the adult step son of my aunt (my mother's sister). My mom kept peacock feathers and dried, feathery tall grasses in a large copper vase near it. When her visiting teachers came to visit, they would say: "we are coming over, you know where to position the feathers!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katy Lied View Post
    Coulda been worse. Orchids.
    Hahaha
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    Sketch from a picture of my daughter riding next to me the other day.


    "Outlined against a blue, gray
    October sky the Four Horsemen rode again"
    Grantland Rice, 1924

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowboy View Post
    Sketch from a picture of my daughter riding next to me the other day.

    very nice.

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    Cowboy: I like that you are drawing on the blue tinted paper; have you thought of trying to add a water colour wash to your drawing before inking. For example, you could choose one colour to work with, then do you ink drawing over the top of the washes. Here's an artist, whose aesthetic reminds me a little of your work:

    https://www.theguardian.com/artandde...ith-abdul-ahad


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    Quote Originally Posted by tooblue View Post
    Cowboy: I like that you are drawing on the blue tinted paper; have you thought of trying to add a water colour wash to your drawing before inking. For example, you could choose one colour to work with, then do you ink drawing over the top of the washes. Here's an artist, whose aesthetic reminds me a little of your work:

    https://www.theguardian.com/artandde...ith-abdul-ahad

    I don't know why I didn't see this earlier. I'll try it.

    Here is a sketch I've worked on since seeing the Marine Corps mounted color guard at the Cody Stampede on the 4th of July. The faces look a little cartoonish but I struggled to make such fine lines with the pen I was using.
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    very nice

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    Strong drawing Cowboy ... have you tried some simple washes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tooblue View Post
    Strong drawing Cowboy ... have you tried some simple washes?
    I've yet to try any washes. I'll confess that most of my drawing is done in Church, as that's the only free time I have in significant blocks, so I need to wait for a less busy time of the year. This is my latest, a sketch of a photo I posted a while back of my horse, taken from ground level where I was sitting to take a lunch break. It's my first real attempt at capturing landscape and trees. I'm learning to appreciate white space in pen and ink drawing.

    "Outlined against a blue, gray
    October sky the Four Horsemen rode again"
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    Quote Originally Posted by cowboy View Post
    I've yet to try any washes. I'll confess that most of my drawing is done in Church, as that's the only free time I have in significant blocks, so I need to wait for a less busy time of the year. This is my latest, a sketch of a photo I posted a while back of my horse, taken from ground level where I was sitting to take a lunch break. It's my first real attempt at capturing landscape and trees. I'm learning to appreciate white space in pen and ink drawing.
    Your strongest drawing I've seen yet. Really strong composition, proportion and scale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Any of you guys ever hear of "The Gnarled Branch" dude? He goes to thrift stores and buys cheap paintings/prints and then "redirects" them by putting some additions on the paintings. He has an FB page, Instagram, Etsy, etc.

    https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/TheGnarledBranch/items
    https://www.instagram.com/thegnarledbranch/
    https://www.redbubble.com/shop/the+g...ordion=product

    It is kitsch and cheesy as hell, but I love it. Seriously considering buying a copy of the Matt Foley print.

    A few examples:







    Ha- I like it. Reminds me of being in HS; I was in a Studio Art class and I modified one of my previous 'fantasy' assignments- which was an acrylic rendering of Hell- caverns, fiery expanse, billowing clouds of brimstone-- the whole 9. Anyway, I took a prom photo of my buddy-- he was in a very obnoxious, lovey dovey relationship with some girl from another high school-- and used the prom photo as a model to paint them together in the foreground. He was extremely pissed and tried to destroy it (but I somehow caught him in the act trying to throw it out the window at an off-hour time). I still laugh thinking about that.
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    I've had some time on my hands the last few days, and used some of it to finish this sketch from a picture of friendwho died of cancer this fall. this was a picture that was on his funeral program. thecows weren't in the picture, and I wish I could have done better on the calf.

    "Outlined against a blue, gray
    October sky the Four Horsemen rode again"
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    Quote Originally Posted by cowboy View Post
    I've had some time on my hands the last few days, and used some of it to finish this sketch from a picture of friendwho died of cancer this fall. this was a picture that was on his funeral program. thecows weren't in the picture, and I wish I could have done better on the calf.
    Again, well done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowboy View Post
    I've had some time on my hands the last few days, and used some of it to finish this sketch from a picture of friendwho died of cancer this fall. this was a picture that was on his funeral program. thecows weren't in the picture, and I wish I could have done better on the calf.
    You sketching left handed?
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    At the risk of mockery at my childlike efforts, I've raised my coloring book skilz to the shading level. The latest rage among crafters with very little talent: you buy a coloring book, but instead of block colors, you shade in between the lines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tooblue View Post
    Again, well done.
    Thanks. I'm still planning to try the wash, just haven't gotten there yet.

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    You sketching left handed?
    Nope. Left arm banged up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowboy View Post
    Thanks. I'm still planning to try the wash, just haven't gotten there yet.



    Nope. Left arm banged up.
    How long does it take you to draw these? How big is your typical drawing size?

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    I'm certainly no artist. I wish I was. My wife and I have followed the career of a local artist since he was finishing his masters degree at USU.

    http://www.zacharyproctor.com

    I really enjoy his work and since he recently moved into his grandmother's home in our neighborhood it has been educational for me to talk with him about why/what he paints. (He shows additional work on his instagram account)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pelado View Post
    How long does it take you to draw these? How big is your typical drawing size?

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    My sketchbook is 5X8, so pretty small. I've never kept track of how long it takes. I'd guess anywhere from 3-12 hours, depending on the sketch. This one probably took 6-8 hours of drawing time including breaks to answer Sunday School questions.

    "Outlined against a blue, gray
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    Quick sketch of my son riding back to camp with me after a snow storm. I did tis in the doctors office waiting for an MRI- about 20 minutes.
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    "Outlined against a blue, gray
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    This one took a little longer. My wife took this picture of our pup and the old 3-legged dog. Dogs are hard to get because they don't have clear lines.
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    That reminds me of scrimshaw.
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