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  • Re: 3 parts of being a painter

    Folks

    Insisting on holding a brush in a particular way makes no sense.
    A brush is a tool designed to be used in various ways to achieve a different stroke/line/pattern.

    If I am standing in front of a figure model, I first need confident gestural lines using my shoulder.
    Applying subtle gradations of shadow to the same figure calls for repetitive wrist action. The same for fine details in focus areas.

    Canvas size plays a huge role too. A broad, shoulder powered, gestural sweep would be lost on an 8 x 10. As would a 30 x 40 covered in wrist powered detail.

    Denis



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  • Re: Brush Dip for Watermixable oil paint?

    sonnystrauss

    Cobra not available in this part of the world.
    But water miscible linseed or water miscible safflower with pigment such as Cobra should be fine.
    Your turn to do the experiment and enlighten the Forum.

    Denis


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  • Re: First works in alla prima with limited pallete

    LeandroHenrique

    The value of the shadow and the shape of the shadow is 90% of the game.

    Thanks for posting.

    Denis

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  • Pencils - Easy long points

    Folks

    I have slaved over bins for too long with a blade paring back the wood until the lead breaks. After ten or fifteen minutes all you have left is a reasonable point on a short lead on a short pencil and a bin full of shavings.

    Would you like to get a deadly point in about ninety seconds? Try this technique:




    This is 180 grade sandpaper, but any grade will do fine. Use thumb and index finger atop the head of the pencil and stabilise the back of the pencil with the heel of your hand. The blue the blue pencil is a rest to maintain a constant grinding angle, also on the sandpaper to stop it skidding away. As shown in the finished points at top of the photo l like to grind three faces to give me nice flat edges for sketching and a great point for detailed work.
    Tap the dust into the bin and your done. 

    The same technique can be used with color pencils or pastel pencils, though go more gently with these.

    Denis

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  • Re: I can't even.....

    Boudicca

    Thanks for that.

    When is a drawing not a drawing?

    When they are trying to pull the wool over your eyes!

    Or trying to be controversial enough to garner publicity.

    Denis

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