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Old 05-26-2006, 06:38 AM
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Originally Posted by soleah
I can't seem to find any tutorial of this kind in Retouchpro although we do abound in talent here. It would be great if the winner of this contest or any of the top 5, could write one for Retouchpro. Writing a tutorial is just as hard as doing the entry, so this is probably considered more of a punishment than a reward for the winner.

Anyway, just a thought...
I agree I would love to see the technique used from the top 5 if the are willing, there are some excellent entries in this subject.
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Old 05-26-2006, 07:41 AM
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Thank you Marsha for the link. It made voting much smoother.

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Old 05-26-2006, 09:20 AM
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Thanks for the Gallery, it definitely made part of the voting easier! The tough part was deciding which to vote for!!!

I was gone for almost 2 weeks camping and although I would have liked to see the changes made to the entries (and maybe change mine) it was really cool to come back and see all the finished work!

Now... I'd better do something about the 500+ photos I took
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Old 05-26-2006, 10:01 AM
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T Paul,
It will be interesting to see which one(s) the mom chooses. You will let us know, won't you?
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Old 05-26-2006, 10:03 AM
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I will if she tells me.
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Old 05-26-2006, 11:14 AM
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There's a real mom in this contest? Or an 'imaginary contest mom'? If it's the latter, I have a great idea for a follow-up contest: Based on the existing picture of the daughter, make an image of what you imagine the mother looks like. Of course, it should be a pencil sketch to match...
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Old 05-26-2006, 01:13 PM
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Interesting idea. The results would be quite diverse..
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Old 05-26-2006, 01:30 PM
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well, i'm fascinated by the votes and quite pleased. i knew the voting was going to be quite varied this time. 'pencil sketch' seems easy at first. you can create many, many varieties of pencil type sketches with graphic we've all seen in the contest. but it's the voting that tells the real tale and i'm very pleased to see that folks are voting on the issues. the 'filtered' look is losing. the 'too dark to be pencil' is also not making it for the most part. but the real fascinating part to me is, the individual exposures to real pencil sketches. one can only evaluate something based on the data one has to hand. in this case that data is one's own exposure to the media being used. i've already stated that my exposure is limited in this case, so my votes tended to lean towards that number 2 pencil type look. i know that's very limited, but it's all i had to go on. thus, i'm fascinated by the other votes.

nancyj, i think it was, originally mentioned 'grahite sticks' as one possible pencil sketch type. i have almost no exposure to those. but it's pretty obvious that others have.

i also tended to not vote for those entries that looked too close to photographic quality. and i'm sorry to those whom i may have wrongfully not selected because of this. i just have never seen a pencil sketch that did this. i know it's not an impossibility, but i've just never seen one so how could i vote for this? most of the sketches i've ever seen are those simple outline types with little if any shading and smudging 'fill'. and the few i have seen that werent simple outlines all had that very smudged/smeared look to them. so again, this is my limitation.

and i would still encourage those who do sketch to post examples of your works. i would love to get more edumacated on this.

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Old 05-27-2006, 01:42 AM
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Now that the contest is over I thought I'd do a full color, unrestricted job on this one, such a pretty picture.
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Old 05-27-2006, 10:22 AM
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Pencil Drawing Links

Here are a few more pencil drawing links you may want to check out:

Pencil Drawings - Has a mini tutorial

Carol Rosinski - Also has an online free drawing lesson as well as some for fees

Mike Sibley - Graphite Pencil Drawings - Check out the studio tips

Pet Portraits

Odin Peterson Pencil Portraits

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