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How my art goes by AmandaDrage How my art goes by AmandaDrage
:slow: lovely title eh?

This is a few shots of my progress on the drawing I'm working on now. It is Derwent Drawing coloured pencils with some pastel and conte sticks, on A3 gold toned velour paper. All my recent CP/pastel pieces have been carried out in this way. I just wanted to give you an insight into how I work.

I start with a sketch, in this case in white pencil. Once you put anything on the velour paper it is very hard to remove, so I choose a light colour and try to draw softly. I am using a photo reference, with kind permission from Kim Stambaugh, who is the photographer and owner of the horse. Ref here: [link] (on Facebook)
In the first image I thought my sketch was complete. I put it away for a few days as I didn't do any art for a while due to circumstance, and then I worked on something else.

After a few days of not looking at it, I got it back out and realised my sketch was pretty off. Look at the reference photo compared to my sketch! So I headdesk'd, then got to work on fixing it.
Bear in mind as I already said, any marks made on the velour are hard to remove. You can see in the second image the "ghost" lines that are no longer required, and you can see the new lines I have added.
This took a good couple of hours to get right, in total, before I could start adding colour. I spend a long time comparing my sketch to the reference, changing and re-arranging parts until I am satisfied that the proportions and angles etc are as close as I can get them. Even if they are not exactly the same as in the photo, it's okay... so long as they don't look "wrong". And you know when they do!
(A handy way of helping to check your accuracy is to look at the negative space, for example the spaces between the forelegs, between the head and neck, etc. Compare the angles of the abstract shapes. It's a good idea to remember to look at these areas as well as your subject itself when doing your sketch.)

Whether I am doing a traditional drawing (be it pastel or pencil) or a digital painting, the method is always the same. Sketch, erase, re-sketch. When it comes to larger scale work such as paintings, I will occasionally break the space down into even sections and mark the crosspoints in order to help me get the placement right. (There is not much worse than painting on your block-in in the wrong place.) Apart from that, it's all the same... eyes flicking between ref and paper/canvas constantly.

The last image is where I'm at now. I'll hopefully have it done soon. There are more things I want to start! :la:
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HowrseAm Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
beautiful!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Thank you! :)
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HowrseAm Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
you welcome :)
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Always great to see process! :D Thanks for the insight.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
I agree, I like to see the processes of drawings/paintings too. :D Thank you!
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Finnisterre Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The title's great, it does just what it says on the tin :D

It's always refreshing and very helpful to see other artists' processes, doubly so with comments explaining any pitfalls or pointers, so thanks for posting this! And I hope your head's alright after your sketching head-desk interaction =P
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Ahah good! I really struggle with titles these days. I have a few good ones saved under my belt for specific pieces, if I can ever get started on them...

LOL yes I thought it'd be nice to let everyone see my mistakes :XD: My head is okay, I'm sure it would have only knocked some sense into me anyway!!
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LiberumEqua Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Thank you so much for the tip regarding negative space! I'll keep that in mind next time I'm using a reference photo. :D
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
That's okay, it's a good tip to share! I've always found it really helpful, when judging the spaces between legs and so on.
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This looks and sounds really fascinating! You can already see that it'll be a superb drawing. :heart:

Do you know how many hours this took you to complete?
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Hmm, I'm not sure, I always forget to time these! At a guess, I'd say the drawing took about 10 hours to complete.
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Do you just draw and paint whenever you feel like it, without looking at the clock? I know how that feels. :D 10 hours isn't too much, though, I think, when you're really enjoying it. ;)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Yeah, pretty much. Although I have to make sure it doesn't get too late - I get up early for work so I can't be up all night drawing and painting sadly :XD: I couldn't do ten hours in one day, I don't think. Unless I worked on several different things, instead of just the one!
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MiDestini Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Amazing! (:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
:) Thanks!
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TijonWolfsMajestys Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful :) id have never thought to look at negative space when sketching o.o Thats great advice! The last photo looks practically perfect ^^ :clap:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Thanks so much :hug:! It took a while but I finished it in the end. And yes looking at the negative space is helpful, it gives you another way of looking at things :D
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TijonWolfsMajestys Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Youre very welcome ^^
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JennyMoedKorpela Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I love progress photos!!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Me too. :D I was advised to show more of them. I shouldn't give away the ending though, and I more or less did that here. :lol:
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Iturlux Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Too funny! I have them as friends on facebook! River is a stunning stallion and all his babies are amazing too!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Haha cool! He is gorgeous, I love the photos of him.
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RetardArt Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
You handle that shit pretty good, dude! :D
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Haha! I do my best!
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sonia-p Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Excellent!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Thank you! :)
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Le-laa Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
looks very nice!!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Thanks! :)
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Woodswallow Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is SO amazing! Love this technique to use a white pencil for the outlines, very clever! And the pose :omg: Everything seems so real, as if you could touch it...wow!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Hehe thank you :) Glad you like it so far!!
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Ahhh! This is looking so nice! I love seeing your WIP shots too--and what a lovely/dynamic pose here. I can see why you wanted to draw it so badly. Can't wait to see the finished piece! :la:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Haha I picked that pose straight off out of the photos I had to choose from, and then regretted it once I started sketching :XD: On normal paper where you can erase multiple times, fine... on this type of paper, you want to pick something easy!!
Glad you like it so far! :) I'm done with it now, but got to wait until tomorrow or whenever I have time to get a decent photo...
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, I know what you mean! It's nice when it works, but it sucks when it doesn't. ;) Oh, goodie! Haha, can't wait to see it. :D
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sVa-BinaryStar Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
I love seeing works like this on the colored paper. It's beautiful so far. Thanks for sharing your work in progress and explaining your sketching process! I would love to try Derwent, but I'm still terrified of colored pencils and real paint. :XD:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Aw, the Derwents are awesome. You should try them sometime ;) I have some called Graphitint, that are like graphite pencils but with a hint of colour. Then you add water and the colour gets stronger, if you want it to be. I've never tried them though.
Glad you like this so far :) thanks! :hug:
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Dragonfairy28 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great progress pics!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
:w00t: Thanks!!
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Blue-eyed-Kelpie Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
When I went to life drawing classes the tutor taught us the "negative space" thing, it's very handy trick. I imagine it's especially handy when working with complex knobbly horse limbs! I'm loving this piece though, it's such a great dynamic pose.

Also, I'm always amazed that you work in sections when adding the colour to your sketches like that. My instinct would be to add colour in layers to whole drawing and build it up. Your method obviously works though, cos it looks great!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Ahh cool. I have never been to a life drawing class. I should find one.

I used to work in layers, but now I tend to go this way, especially when it comes to pastels or soft coloured pencils like these. I try not to touch it!
Glad you like, thank you!
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akuinnen24 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Gorgeous work! I love the way the horse seems to be coming right out of the paper color! It's also really neat to see what your process is as well. :) Someday I'll have to try this velour I've heard so much about. Can't wait to see it finished!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Ohhhh I'd recommend it :D Velour is great. I want to try suede board, too. Glad you like him so far!
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SarahEsen Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013   Traditional Artist
AAAAAWESOMENESS!!! Thank you Amanda for the progress shots! :)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Hehe thanks, and no problem! I've finished him now. Just got to wait for a good opportunity to get a decent pic.
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aha. So you're just sketching away like most of us artists could, refining it using the reference when SUDDENLY awesome happens :I Gosh, I think it will take me some more years to get over the amazingness and realism that sort of forces its way into my view whenever I look at one of your works. Although, over those years you probably improve even more so maybe... I'll never get used to it! :noes: Gosh I love it ♥
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Well sort of. Sometimes some terrible happens before the awesome. And sometimes the awesome doesn't happen at all. Those days, I consume a lot of chocolate and tea then go to bed. XD
Glad you like it :) thanks!!
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the explanation on when awesome and terrible happens :lol:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
That's quite alright. :XD:
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FallingFromSky Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for sharing your progress! It's really interesting to see how you work =)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
:) No prob, and I'm glad you liked it!
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