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Skull Study SVA 2013-04-21 by kelch12 Skull Study SVA 2013-04-21 by kelch12
My skull study over 4 Sundays at Sadie Valeri Atelier in San Francisco.

Graphite (2H and H) on Strathmore 400 Drawing paper8.5"x6.5"The challenge is working from life and limited value range with graphite. You really have to train your eyes and mind to compress values and represent realism without getting distracted by details. So much more to learn and improve.

While there's nothing wrong to draw from a photo reference. There is nothing like drawing from life. Life drawing require more artistic vision and constant decision making in order to creat an effective representational image, an illusion of a 3D image. People who can copy photos "perfectly" are not necessarily able to create an effective image from life. The reason being a photo reference is a simplified version of what's actually in life. A lot of information has been discarded, and by copying (following) the picture exactly, the artist has given up some of the decisions. Often, what makes an art work great is the artist's unique vision. So if you decide to be great, then you must learn the critical thining skills. When you gather enough knowledge of image making, then you may choose between life models and photo reference, as long as your viewers get the inspiration. This is just my thought after drawing strictly from life in the Atelier. That definitely has helped me understanding my weak points and going beyond the plateau.


BTW, that was a REAL human skull that I drew from!
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Mashimoshi Jun 1, 2013   General Artist
I know what you mean, my drawings are so different when I draw from real life! I wish I could see things like you do.
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kelch12 Jun 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Practice makes perfect. Draw often and you will train your eyes to see things. When drawing from life. Make sure you see your subject from the SAME EXACT spot every time so your perspective is consistent.
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Mashimoshi Jun 2, 2013   General Artist
Yeah, I will practice. Thanks for the tip! It's really hard to do that when I'm drawing landscapes :(
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really well done :thumbsup:
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kelch12 Apr 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconwytherwing:
you're absolutely welcome! :)
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Speck2 Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Ahh my dear friend, you have captured it nicely!! You are growing in leeps an bounds!! :)
Cindy :heart:
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kelch12 Apr 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Cindy. Glad that you see my improvment. :)
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Speck2 Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You have grown so very much my friend, you are welcome. I can see your passion. :XD:
Cindy
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kelch12 Apr 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:heart: :hug:
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