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New Watercolor September 28, 2007

Posted by Mitchell in Art.

Hey!  You get new artwork for your Friday!  I’ve done a couple others in this class so far, but they didn’t turn out too well.  This one is not bad.  Clicky for full size.

Pool & Canyon

I like how I handled the water in the foreground particularly.  The instructor wants me to submit it for this fall’s student art show.  Only stuff done in class this year is eligible and the instructor has to sign off on all entries.

For the next piece I’m going to do I’m going to try it out on Clayboard.  Should be fun!


1. bmac - September 28, 2007

Dude! That’s great! What is your prefered medium?
2 things I always wished I could do: sing, and paint, or draw.
No luck on either one.

2. Enas Yorl - September 28, 2007

Well, I’m enjoying watercolors at the moment. I haven’t had hardly any instruction in painting before this class, which I’m taking for the second time. My most finished pieces are in pencil & scratchboard. I’d love to take a class in acrylics or oil, but they won’t offer those classes at night :-(.

Learning the mechanics of how to draw isn’t that hard, actually. A good instructor and a lot of time devoted to practice will take you a long way. A lot of it is learning how to see.

3. bmac - September 29, 2007

I think you either have “it” or you don’t. I used to teach guitar, and I can tell you, there are people that no matter how much they practice, it’s just not gonna happen beyond very simple stuff. It’s just not in them. For me, drawing is like that, it just isn’t in me.
A man’s got to know his limitations.
That watercolor shows you got “it.”

4. S. Weasel - September 29, 2007

Very nice, Enas. Watercolor can be a screaming booger to work with. And there’s no undo button!

5. S. Weasel - September 29, 2007

Oh, and yes…the water in particular is nicely handled. Did you do the reflections last? That’s always a head-rush. Like putting the little shiny reflection on eyeballs, and suddenly the picture goes *pop*.

6. Enas Yorl - September 30, 2007

Why thankee Weasel! Yeah, the pool reflections were near the end-ish. I did the grass reflections at the same time as the grass so I wouldn’t have try and remix that green – just thin it out a bit and blam-o. I actually got the boulder reflection way too dark and green at first and had to take a lot of color out and pop some reds back in. I worried that it was going to look overworked, but it turned out ok.

Bmac, yes I understand. There is something to be said for innate talent. There are some things that can’t be taught really.

7. geoff - October 1, 2007

That’s awesome. Doing something like that is so beyond me that I’m agog when I see what someone with talent can do. Hence, my current agogity.

8. Enas Yorl - October 1, 2007

Thank you too Geoff! Sometimes I wonder what I could do if I actually practiced instead of sitting around and playing xbox games.

9. kevlarchick - October 3, 2007

I like the grass/reflection. Very realistic.

10. S. Weasel - October 7, 2007

Hey, Enas — check out this place. The whole site is interesting (though a lot of the navigational links are mysteriously dead), but that bookmark goes directly to the page for individual sketchbooks. I’ve enjoyed that area the most. A whole range of skill levels, from sucks to really very impressive. I’m getting great ideas from the “really very impressive” people — but, frankly, I get the most inspiration from the “sucks” people. Like, “w00t, I’m better than that guy!” I feel a little bad when it turns out to be a fourteen year old doodling in a school notebook, but I’ll take all the inspiration I can get.

Go to the critiques section for some great ideas. There’s traditional on-paper stuff, but lots of photoshop-and-wacom-tablet stuff, too.

11. bmac - October 10, 2007

Hey Enas, can you email me your email? I don’t see it on here.

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