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  •  Certainly more talent than I (1+ / 0-)
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    As it turns out, I've been surrounded by quite a bit of art, plus I've commissioned some small pieces once or twice.

    I like these 4 ways to expand her talent.  (some of these may overlap)

    1. Draw what thrills you
    2. Draw what others like (especially if they pay you)
    3. Draw what the instructor tells you  (this may be useful when you are an artist for consumer product user manuals or for biological drawings for textbooks)
    4. Draw with different brushes, pens, crayon, charcoal

    Now, how to draw.   Here's one method

    1. the quickest sketch --- take 15-30 seconds to draw that plant.    About 5-10 lines.    This gets you the bones of the plant.   (note:  this is not about speed....   this is about the base structure of what you draw)
    2. shading.   One method is to do only 1 color shading.   After a bone sketch (black ink), then pick another color to be your shade color.   (blue, red, green, yellow etc)

    Then ask your audience, did you get the picture ?   Emotion, the clarity or fogginess or semantic distotion you want ?

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    When I was searching for artists to commission a piece, I looked at the bones.   The more styles of bones you can do, the more flexible you are.   The shading is the easy part.

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    Works which are off-center are more intriguing to me.

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    One must eventually decide the purpose of the work.

    Intrigue, communicative, historical, illustrative, comical, experimental, soothing, inspiring, disturbing.   Choose one or two of those.    Today we were fun and experimental.

    Show us more art !!   The more the better.  I'm looking forward to it.  

    •  Thank you very much for the (1+ / 0-)
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      professional analysis!  As I said, I can not draw a straight line without a ruler.  I think that she has talent, and shall show this to her upon her return.

      Warmest regards,

      Doc

      I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

      by Translator on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 07:08:25 PM PST

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      •  I have saved the link for this diary (1+ / 0-)
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        for an ongoing commentary.

        Three more things --

        when the emotion strikes, start drawing.   Anger, joy, sarcasm, serenity.  

        and keep a sketchpad near the bed at all times.  and OPEN to a blank page.

        I've seen artists with a dozen sketchbooks, but they didn't shade the work.   Maybe the sketchbook is just practice for the real thing.    But I would have liked to see some shading even if just practice.   So, keep more than just black nearby.

        good luck

        •  My sketchbook is HERE! (0+ / 0-)

          As you probably have surmised, I can not draw with lines and curves, but rather with words and ideas.  Sometimes I wonder which kind of communication is more expressive.  I just know that prose works the best for me, and I keep with it.  I have tried some poetry, but I am not very good at it.

          Thank you again for the advise and the kind words!

          Warmest regards,

          Doc

          I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

          by Translator on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 07:26:24 PM PST

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