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Nail In Plank

by Michael Betz
(Las Vegas)


I played around a little bit today with J.D. Hillberry's realistic texture style, and this is what I came up with.

I used a 2B mechanical, an HB, a 2B and a 2H, with a tortillon and a Q-Tip for the blending... oh I also used a Dixon Ticonderoga Black pencil.

This took me about 2 hours. The rendering took longer than the actual drawing.

I also experimented with masking the nail as I rendered the background....I am actually kinda proud of this one.


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Note from Kerry:
Hi Michael,
I can see why you are proud of this, it is so good!

So, what product did you use to mask the nail? I see my Mum uses some kind of tape on her paintings from time to time but I've never investigated it.

Your drawing looks very realistic, I like it, too.

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Left Hand Challenge

by Michael Betz
(Las Vegas)


In Artsy Friends on FB, a co-member suggested that we all try a left handed drawing so I didn't feel left out.

She put the subject as our right hand....so here is my first ever left handed sketch.....it is my right hand in charcoal.

Took me about 45 minutes, and no eraser.....


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Note from Kerry:
Hi Michael,
Oops, sorry I did your submissions back to front and I was taking such care to do it all in order. Sigh, some days things just don't go right!

Again, I am impressed with your drawing. You have inspired me too, I am now going to have a go at drawing my right hand. I bet my effort will not look anywhere near as good as yours.

You have a natural drawing talent, it's no wonder I've always been a fan of your work.

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Shading Excercise

by Michael Betz
(Las Vegas)


I finally got back into my studio the other day.... first time I have been in there in 4 months.

I felt pretty rusty so I decided to go back and brush up on some techniques before I just jump right back in and start with the harder stuff again....

...I almost feel as if I have put myself back on square one...

....I did this with my trusty forgotten 2B mechanical pencil with a few varieties of like 4H, 6B, and such......

And yes, I used tortillons.....


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Note from Kerry:
Hey Michael!!!
Welcome back good buddy! Man, I sure have missed you!

Ok, so come on, fess up... how are you feeling now? Did you manage to rid yourself of all those horrid drugs the doc gave you?

I like the kind of exercise you have done here, it's always good for every artist to do these exercises regularly. I have pages and pages of practice strokes and like exercises and I do believe it contributes to overall improvement.

4 months is a long time to go without drawing (I know that feeling) so I hope you're back on track now. I'm sending you my best wishes forever and thanks for coming back here and letting me know you're ok.

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Study In Perspective

by Michael Betz
(Las Vegas)


I did this diesel locomotive as a study I did in perspective. Perspective is usually a dirty word for new artists, but one that we all must learn. It really lends to proper placements and realism to our works.

I did this with my mechanical pencil and nothing much more than that....just a regular eraser to remove my guide lines.

This took me less than an hour.


***Note from Kerry:
Hi Michael, your drawing is aptly named and will make a great study for beginners. Yeah, it's not as scary as some art teachers make out but we each have to decide when we are ready to learn more about it.

I know this would have taken me longer than an hour so I can't help but admire your drawings and how quickly you get such a great impression onto paper.

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Personality Portrait

by Michael Betz
(Las Vegas)

The whole thing

The whole thing

The whole thing
Dolphin And Sunflower
Birthday
It

I did this for my wife....I call it a Personality Portrait.

It has all her fav and important things.
It is on a 14 x 22 poster board, I used a 2B mechanical pencil, an HB mechanical pencil, a 2H pencil, a Jet Black graphite pencil, 17 different colored pencils, a sharpie, a kneaded eraser, a gum eraser, a retractable eraser, and several sizes of tortillons.

It took me probably close to 15 hours or so.... I think she liked it... it's hanging in the bedroom, so I guess that's a good sign....:)
Oh, and everything in this is free hand......I have more pictures, but this is all I can upload.....


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Note from Kerry:
Hi Michael
This reminds me of the Doodle Drawing that my sister made for me one year. I have always loved it so I am sure that Christie LOVES this, especially since it was made by you for her. Ah, I see a touch of romance - isn't that just so sweet?

It was fun looking at your pics, I love the dolphin going through the curve of the mouse cord - very cleverly done. I like the colors too, really, it's just perfect!

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Proportion And Perspective Study

by Jayme Betz
(Las Vegas)


This is a sketch that Jayme did during our art class.

I am teaching her to see proportion and perspective and how to place objects in her drawings in proper sizes and perspectives to one another.

I set a cup on a tablet and that is what we worked with. I told her about how the tablet viewed from the angle of sitting on the table will change its perspective, almost like foreshortening the tablet and how to see how the cup lined up with the outline of the tablet.
I think she did great!

She asked me to post this on allaboutdrawings, oh, and as a side note to Kerry.... Jayme is already becoming a huge fan of your site, and wants to submit more of her drawings on here.


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Note from Kerry:
Hi Jayme
Your work is very impressive! This type of drawing isn't an easy task but you have handled it beautifully.

Thank you very much for wanting to share it here - it's fun, isn't it? I hope you continue to enjoy your drawings, artists are the loveliest people to grace the earth.

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Segment Drawing

by Michael Betz
(Las Vegas)


This is an exercise in Lee Hammond's Lifelike Drawing book. It involves blocking out all but a portion of a picture and just do a drawing of that one isolated segment.

I used a 2B mechanical pencil for the basic line drawing and a 4H and a 6B, plus a tortillon for all the shading.

I did this one the day before yesterday... trying to get back into the studio more......


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Note from Kerry:
Hi Michael!
This is an interesting idea and one I haven't heard of before.

I really like it and I can envisage seeing this type of artwork on my walls - do you agree it is quite intriguing? I so admire this kind of drawing! It leaves a lot to the imagination and it's given me a lot of food for thought.

Dang it, now I have to find time to do my own 'segmental' drawings! You've made my fingers itch and it's almost midnight - not a good time to start drawing, hey?

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A Drawing Game

by Michael Betz
(Las Vegas)


I have an idea for a fun game....this is called Treasure Hunt.....

I will give you a list of everyday household items.... you must find these items and draw them.

When you have found them all and drawn them all, submit your drawings..... sound like fun?

Ok...for those that want to participate...here is the items for the first one.....they can all be drawn on the same piece of paper.....

remote control
nail clippers
pencil
phone

Good luck!!


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Note from Kerry:
Hey Michael
That does sound like fun! It's going to take me a little bit of time but hey, there's no time limit, right?

Oh, and thanks for picking easy topics (not!) for the first game! Let's see how it goes...

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