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Old 06-20-2008, 12:17 AM   #21
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Ha, I don't think we should worry about a talent factor. In art it's really difficult to pin down what is good anyway. Certainly we can all see when someone can do a realistic rendering but that doesn't mean it's good art necessarily. I think you have to be patient to draw and paint many beginner level pictures before expecting too much of yourself. One teacher I had wanted us to paint 3 oil paintings a week. So we'd have maybe 50 paintings by the end of the class. If you do maybe 100 paintings you'll see a lot of improvement.

There are always new angles to consider and you don't have to be able to render everything to produce good art. But I think an awareness of good drawing helps. I personally like to see that if someone distorts something they kind of knew what they were doing, but that is my bias.
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That is really encouraging. I love art. Actually, I am crazy about art (well, art that I like, anyway)!!

But have always thought I had no artistic capabilities at all. Maybe that was because both my parents were artistic and painted as a hobby, and I felt I could never paint as well as they did.

Possibly in ER I might get the paints and other materials needed, and take a few classes or practice on my own.
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Old 06-20-2008, 09:24 AM   #23
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i can only draw mechanical things, cars, planes, buildings, that type of stuff. once i try something organic like a person or animal I'm terrible.
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I remember a really old guy who lived in his beige Corvair van in a parking lot at Venice Beach in the 70s. He could do very good artistic looking likenesses, usually in pencil, or occasionally with one of those Koh-I-Noor pens.

He did likenesses of young women on the beach, mostly accurate but maybe just a little prettier than they actually were.

The guy was always climbing out of his van with some beauty. He may have been the only homeless man in history who slept with beautiful young women.

My gal was knock- down gorgeous; I kept her as far away from his "studio" as I could.

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...He did likenesses of young women on the beach, mostly accurate but maybe just a little prettier than they actually were.

The guy was always climbing out of his van with some beauty. He may have been the only homeless man in history who slept with beautiful young women. ...
Hmmm....and some of those low mpg vans are probably pretty cheap to purchase nowadays.
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Oldbabe, thanks. I really didn't do a lot of drawing/painting until maybe 5 years ago. It helped a lot to go to a JC class as that provided more inspiration. But most of this is an exercise in teaching yourself. There is a good book out that has been very popular called Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.

As it happens, I have registed at my local JC and plan to take a drawing class this fall. And will look up that book too. Thanks!
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