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I just love looking at all of your artwork threads :). I kept saying to myself I need to eventually post some of mine. It's all old stuff though, which is why I haven't posted it until now.

I literally forgot how to draw, and am not as creative anymore. I feel it would take a good amount of time and re-learning at this point to get me back to even half of what I was able to do before. I don't have a lot of leisure time, but maybe if I do it in the evenings when the birds are out. We'll see. Keeping up on the artwork threads here have really inspired me to take interest in maybe learning how to draw again. :)

So as the name implies... This stuff that I'll start with are drawings from the 1990's. I have earlier pieces, but I'm not sure where they are now :(. I hope I can find them, as I have a favorite piece that is currently lost.

I've enjoyed drawing all of my life, but never took a class (until adulthood), so I did things the long way and the wrong way technically, but after taking an excruciatingly long time, they'd end up finally looking pretty good anyway. But I was so limited... So finally, in the late 90's, I took a basic drawing class so that I could learn to draw 3-D, like a person or animal not just facing front or side. I hated the class because the 'exercises' we needed to do were of drawing things that I didn't feel like drawing at the time lol.

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This is one of the "projects" we had to do in that class. The instructor wanted a car and a fish (or maybe it was any animal). I was pretty slow at drawing, so I was only able to finish the fish by the deadline. I don't think I got an A lol.



Here's something else I didn't feel like drawing at the time... it had to be a glove and a glass. This was an exercise in hard and soft textures. Being highly critical of my own work, I don't like the glass as much as the glove. I remember I had trouble with the glass shape. I forgot what the media was because it was so long ago and not something I'm familiar with. Is it charcoal?


Another from the drawing class. I like the bottle, but I wasn't really sure 'how' to do the scratching (whatever you call that) behind the bottle, so it ended coming out way too thick. I remember the instructor was going "whoa there!" when he saw that part, and I said 'well I obviously don't know how to do it!' :laughing2:


This monster fish was just a doodle...


This vine-work design was a freehand sketch of part of the tattoo artwork for my back. Please don't ask me to show the tattoo. I just personally don't feel comfortable putting that on the internet. Besides, the tattoo came out about 1,000 times WORSE than my drawing :mad::crying: and I'm STILL angry about that to this day, and that was a long time ago! He was a good artist but had a bad day, lucky me.


Here are some "fun" drawings :)

These cartoon sea creatures were drawn freehand by looking at photos of the real fish and sea creatures. It was done on mat board and colored with basic colored pencils. I'm not sure what you call the kind of pen I used to outline. I never knew much about professional materials, so I'd just use the wrong paper and whatever pencils I had :D.




Worried Clownfish


Angry Damsel fish
 

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Some more I did with the fine pen and colored pencils. All freehand... I nearly went cross-eyed then blind. You can see where I had a little help from White Out :).




Moon with an 'oops' smear :(. I especially love moon designs, and have been attracted to that sort of design ever since I was very yong.. I don't know why.
 

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Julie, these are amazing.
The glass and the glove look *amazing*. Even though i get where your critical eye is coming from, as I scrolled down I thought it looked more like a photo than a drawing.

I also love the moon, even with the ooops mark. These are all great. :)
 

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Julie,

You have a lot of talent! I absolutely LOVE the picture of the glass and the glove - it is amazing.

I also love the picture of the fish that is just above the picture of the glass and glove. I think I may have met him when I was scuba diving. ;)

I'm really looking forward to seeing more of your work as you locate it.
 

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That's amazing! I had no idea you were an artist as well so I am very glad you made this thread to share it! As said above, the glove and glass is amazing! I love how you even did the glass's reflection back on the table...that must've been difficult. I love all the shading and detail on it! The other drawing I especially love is the first one of the fish. I love its eyes and the wrinkles on its face. I know from experience how hard it is to do fins so congrats on doing them so well! :giggle:

I remember my art teacher being a little annoyed with me too because I also tend to spend "too much" time getting the drawing just right. School projects that have drawing in them take me the longest to do:001_rolleyes: And also, bravo for doing such a good job on drawing those pieces you didn't feel like doing at the time. Since art can be so closely linked to emotions and how you feel about the subject, it can be difficult to get it to turn out. And I'd say yours went beyond just "turning out." :D

Thank you so much for sharing and I hope you'll post more! With talent such as yours, I'm sure if you do more art it'll turn out splendidly, even if you don't think so :)
 

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Julie,

These are absolutely astounding drawings! I agree with all the above comments about the glove and the glass. I love those two words together, and the drawing of them both is spectacular!

I love the rest of them too, they look so real! :D I do hope you'll show us more sometime ;)
 

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:iagree: The glove and glass look so real :)
Thank you so much! I'm glad you like it. :)

Julie, these are amazing.
The glass and the glove look *amazing*. Even though i get where your critical eye is coming from, as I scrolled down I thought it looked more like a photo than a drawing.

I also love the moon, even with the ooops mark. These are all great. :)
Thanks Emma. That is a huge complement coming from such a talented artist!

Julie,

You have a lot of talent! I absolutely LOVE the picture of the glass and the glove - it is amazing.

I also love the picture of the fish that is just above the picture of the glass and glove. I think I may have met him when I was scuba diving. ;)

I'm really looking forward to seeing more of your work as you locate it.
Thanks Deborah! I am looking at these trying to figure out 'how' I even did them. The cartoon sea creatures wouldn't take me too long to be able to do that again, but the complicated pieces, I don't even have a clue anymore where to start!

That's amazing! I had no idea you were an artist as well so I am very glad you made this thread to share it! As said above, the glove and glass is amazing! I love how you even did the glass's reflection back on the table...that must've been difficult. I love all the shading and detail on it! The other drawing I especially love is the first one of the fish. I love its eyes and the wrinkles on its face. I know from experience how hard it is to do fins so congrats on doing them so well! :giggle:

I remember my art teacher being a little annoyed with me too because I also tend to spend "too much" time getting the drawing just right. School projects that have drawing in them take me the longest to do:001_rolleyes: And also, bravo for doing such a good job on drawing those pieces you didn't feel like doing at the time. Since art can be so closely linked to emotions and how you feel about the subject, it can be difficult to get it to turn out. And I'd say yours went beyond just "turning out." :D

Thank you so much for sharing and I hope you'll post more! With talent such as yours, I'm sure if you do more art it'll turn out splendidly, even if you don't think so :)
Thank you Katie, another talented artist who has inspired me to get this stuff out... I would love to try to draw again once I dust the cobwebs off the creative part of my brain!

They look fantastic! I love the moon and personally believe that it looks better with the oops mark :) to be honest I thought it was on purpose before reading your caption!
Thank you Deanna. I very much enjoy seeing your talent, and I appreciate your complement!

Julie,

These are absolutely astounding drawings! I agree with all the above comments about the glove and the glass. I love those two words together, and the drawing of them both is spectacular!

I love the rest of them too, they look so real! :D I do hope you'll show us more sometime ;)
Thanks so much Star. I'm glad you like them! I'm still looking for more that wasn't in my portfolio. I'll post them if I can ever find them. Then... I need to start seeing what I can do now besides stick figures :giggle:.
 

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Thank you Niamh :).

If I start drawing again, I'm not sure what kind of paper or pencils to buy :dunno:. I have some of the old paper left, but of course I don't know what it is specific for. I guess basic drawing paper lol? There are so many different kinds of paper and pencils for different kinds of drawing, that I'd better go to the art store and ask... or maybe get some advice from our resident artists here :001_smile:. My very first drawings that I'd like to find now, were done on plain typing paper.
 

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You so need to be doing some art again, Julie.
You can get a couple of little cheap art sets and see what you want to do- pencils, charcoal, whatever else takes your fancy. You are too good to not be doing something- even just as a fun hobby when you have the time.
Totally agree with Therm! Just start out with some noncommital doodles and I'm sure you'll fall in love with it again! I think art is a little like riding a bike, yes you need to practice to get proficient at it, but once you learn the basics it comes back to you right when you get back into it! Sure it may not be as good as when you were drawing every day, but once you get the hang of it again it'll feel wonderful :) your work is amazing and it would be a crime not to continue with your great talent!
 

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You so need to be doing some art again, Julie.
You can get a couple of little cheap art sets and see what you want to do- pencils, charcoal, whatever else takes your fancy. You are too good to not be doing something- even just as a fun hobby when you have the time. :)
It really makes me motivated to hear that from an artist as good as you Emma. :hug:

Totally agree with Therm! Just start out with some noncommital doodles and I'm sure you'll fall in love with it again! I think art is a little like riding a bike, yes you need to practice to get proficient at it, but once you learn the basics it comes back to you right when you get back into it! Sure it may not be as good as when you were drawing every day, but once you get the hang of it again it'll feel wonderful :) your work is amazing and it would be a crime not to continue with your great talent!
You too, Deanna :). Haha about riding a bicycle :D. I re-learned how to ride a bike about 5-6 years ago, for the first time in MANY years... A beach cruiser. We went down to the beach, and I almost took some people out :eek:! I couldn't control my steering at first, and would head straight for people when I was trying to avoid them yelling "sorry! I'm just learning!" :laughing: luckily no one got hurt, and I eventually was able to ride like everyone else.

Well if it would be a crime not to continue drawing, then I don't want to be breaking the law :laughing2:. Possibly I'll try something in the next couple weeks then :).
 

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You too, Deanna
. Haha about riding a bicycle
. I re-learned how to ride a bike about 5-6 years ago, for the first time in MANY years... A beach cruiser. We went down to the beach, and I almost took some people out
! I couldn't control my steering at first, and would head straight for people when I was trying to avoid them yelling "sorry! I'm just learning!"
luckily no one got hurt, and I eventually was able to ride like everyone else.

Well if it would be a crime not to continue drawing, then I don't want to be breaking the law
. Possibly I'll try something in the next couple weeks then
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You know it's really funny because I've always considered that adage about riding a bike to be flawed.. every year after winter I had to relearn how to ride hahah but I figured most people don't have that problem and that it would fit! Guess not
 

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Here's another piece from a college art class. We had to paint an image with watercolor to make it as close to the photo as possible. When I picked this particular photo, I remember the instructor warned me it would be a real challenge. She thought I could do it though. Then when I started, I regretted choosing this image to paint! It was definitely hard, but it's good to push the boundaries sometimes :). I believe you can tell which side is the photo and which is the painting ;).


Here's a drawing I started but never finished.

 

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Julie these are brilliant! :w00t:

I know what you mean about art classes being less motivating when you have no interest in the subject (I felt the same - A month of drawing & painting peppers was sooo boring) but your teacher has obviously managed to use them to teach you some good observations - Now you're free to put them to good use with things you do enjoy :001_tongue: so dust off the cobwebs, I'm sure it'll all start coming back :thumbup: Enjoy!
 
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