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PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2010 10:27 pm
by lennonluvr9
TDIT- Thank you muchly!

This was inevitable: I drew another Buzz Lightyear-

This Space For Rent

PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 2:22 pm
by ArtJoe
EXCELLENT work! You have a great deal of skill with a pencil! I would suggest that you watch your overall proportions, as they seem to be secondary at times to the shading which is fantastic. For example, in your latest Buzz, he is a just noticeably too thin or "off model." I would also suggest a bit more tonal variation. What i mean by that is that there is less than optimum contrast between the lightest area and the darkest areas of your work. That is mostly an artifact of pencil, which never scans very well anyway.

Just some constructive (I hope!) thoughts. Your work is awesome, thanks for sharing!

PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 1:25 pm
by lennonluvr9
Thanks! And yes, yer right, Buzz is a little thinner than usual. Without going to detail screencapped it on my computer then printed it out. Our printer sometimes prints pics stretched out and skinny, which I thought I compensated for, but I guess not enough (although yer the only one who's pointed it out, so good call).

Yes, I do sometimes have trouble going dark. I'm usually just afraid to go dark, because I'm afraid I'll go too dark and I wont be able to get it light again. Of course it could also be because I only use one type of pencil. Oh, I've used pencil sets before, but I guess I'm too lazy to keep switching.

Yes, the scans never look as good (or as dark) as the original. I'm not sure what happened to this scan, really, because when I look at it, it doesnt look as sharp as it usually does. First time thats happened. Usually its so sharp I can see every pencil line.

PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 5:16 pm
by ArtJoe
Two things that REALLY help with pencil drawings are fixative spray and a draftsmans's duster. You see, pencil ALWAYS smears, even if you can't see it. Just the act moving your hand around the paper, unless you lift it completely off will put a fine layer of lead all around the artwork, reducing the contrast. You'll never notice while you are doing it because the process is so gradual, but the scanner does. The biggest contributor to this unwanted "lead layer" (I know modern standard pencils use graphite, but I'm old and I'm gonna still say lead) is again your hand when you brush away eraser crumbs. The solution is a cheap brush that looks alot like the small brush you use to sweep dirt into a dust pan. Use only that to remove eraser crumbs. Touch the artwork as little as possible. I also make an "eraser pass" when I am finished involving erasing all large areas that should be just the paper. This helps the contrast pop quite a bit and will demonstrate the inevitable smear I was talking about earlier.

When the work is done, and I do mean completely done, take it outside along with the spray fixative. DO NOT use spray fixative inside. Ever! Once you spray a piece with fixative, no more changes. You should have a board larger than the art that you can use low-tack tape (sticky enough to hold temporarily, not enough to pull the art apart when you remove it) to tape the back of the artwork to the board. Ensuring the area is well ventilated, take the spray can and shake it up, then point the nozzle above and to the left of the art. You want to get the flow from the can smoothed out before you point it at your work. Sometimes if a can is new or has not been used in awhile it can spit when you first press the nozzle. Now, like I said, starting above and left of the art, start spraying. At the same time, assuming no spitting or other can malfunction, move your hand in a steady sweeping motion from left to right, holding the nozzle down in the same place. Do not stop moving until you have evenly coated the art top to bottom. any pause or stop will cause more fixative in one place than the rest, and it will be noticeable. Once finished, allow at least fifteeen minutes for the fixative to dry, but I recommend an hour. The matte fixative below will significantly reduce the glare from the lead on the paper. Scanners use reflected light to gather the image, and lead is very reflective. This also prevents smearing from subsequent handling.

You can also set your scanner to increase the contrast of the initial scan.

Lots of links to Dick Blick Art here. No, I do not work for them. They are however the Amazon of art supplies. I have not found cheaper!

Draftsman's Duster
http://www.dickblick.com/products/draftsman-duster/

Spray fixative
http://www.dickblick.com/products/winso ... ive-spray/

Sketch Board - Get the big one and use it only for applying fixative. It will get "gunky" pretty quick.
http://www.dickblick.com/products/blick ... ad-boards/

Low tack tape
http://www.dickblick.com/products/3m-sc ... tist-tape/

PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 1:35 pm
by lennonluvr9
Yeah I suppose could use a brush, although I only use a kneaded eraser, which rarely, if ever, leaves any sheds. But yer right about the pencil coming off, a lot of times when I'm done the whole side of my hand is a shiny silver cuz its covered in pencil lead.

I never thought about using fixative on a graphite drawing. I've only ever done that the few times I've used charcoal. But it does make sense cuz the pencil still rubs off.

Thanks for the tips! Something to think about

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2011 2:43 pm
by lennonluvr9
Finally back to drawing after being too busy for it for months! And my first one is....Siddeley the Spy Jet from Cars 2, whom I was wanting to draw for awhile now
http://yamihoole.deviantart.com/#/d3i3tk9

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:41 pm
by thedriveintheatre
Great to see you're back in business in time for the new movie, lennonluvr9!

You might to read this recent blog post of mine. ;)

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2011 10:36 pm
by lennonluvr9
Totally! Over fall semester I had no motivation and over spring semester I had no free time. Now I have both :)

I checked out the blog post, I'm flattered you decided to use my drawing of Doc. :) I agree with the sentiments expressed by that message too. If it was posted on here I guess I must've missed it

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2011 10:20 pm
by lennonluvr9
I gotta say I'm surprised at the low score Cars 2 currently has on rotten tomatoes, but no matter. This neither the time nor the place for discussing that.. ANYWHO, I was able to finish another one in time for the release! That being said, here's Finn McMissile who I already have taken a liking to:

http://yamihoole.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d3jp0ws

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 1:22 pm
by lennonluvr9
Hurray i've actually done more Pixar stuff! XD and its Nemo this time:

http://yamihoole.deviantart.com/#/d4a31oy

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 2:39 pm
by lennonluvr9
Forgot to post this yesterday! I've done my first drawing since November so here is Miss Holley Shiftwell

http://yamihoole.deviantart.com/#/d4sbyyy

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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 3:15 am
by ObsessedWithPixar
Words cannot fully describe just how epic your art is. Every drawing looks like an actual screenshot. When I saw the first drawing you posted here, I looked just like the mindblown Buzz Lightyear you drew - completely at a loss for words! Your drawings are just amazing! I love pencil sketching and you are now added to my list of inspiriations! Officially! Your Cars drawings are probably my favorites... they look alive, they're drawn so well! I look forward to seeing more of your art in the future. You really should consider working as a concept artist somewhere! If I owned an animation company, I'd hire you right now! :D In the words of a World of Cars Online blogger - "How is it you are able to maintain so much awesomeness and not explode from so much awesomeness?" :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 2:16 pm
by lennonluvr9
Oh my goodness! Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. Thank you so much for the kind words and enthusiasm. :D I'm flattered that i've inspired you. I'm glad you like the Cars ones so much, many of those are among my favorites as well.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 4:44 pm
by JustSoWall-eCrazy
Wow! Your work is so good, it looks realistic! I love it all. Especially Nemo and Holley.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 2:03 pm
by lennonluvr9
Thank you muchly! Realism is what I try to go for :)