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Old 05-27-2006, 11:36 AM
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Originally Posted by T Paul
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
Wow that first one is excellent. And what a wide range between the three of them.
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Old 05-27-2006, 11:47 AM
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Wow NancyJ. Nice super-sat airbrush look.
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Old 05-27-2006, 11:54 AM
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Here is a site with a whole load of photo to pencil portraits

http://www.mydavinci.com/j/sgalleryx...singleportrait
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Old 05-27-2006, 12:33 PM
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Well I partially agree with you Craig, although my vote was not solely based on the entry just looking like a sketch but also on the aesthetic value of the piece. Then one would have to take the customer into consideration. I sell digital sketches based on photos, as in this contest, and it is interesting how varied the requests can be for a "sketch".

Then comes into play the quality of the piece and there was a wide range; I saw a couple of entries that did look like sketches, but also looked very amateurish, while others looked on "the dark side" and I'm not talking tonal range. Would a mother (the customer) want any of these hanging on her wall? Although some of these entries satisfied the requirements of being "sketch like" and some were "very" sketch like, they didn't fit within the realm of what the customer ordered, aesthetic value or quality needed and that knocked them out of the contest for me. For this contest I saw a couple of dozen entries that could have easily been in the top five.... great stuff.

About the "filter look" as Craig calls it: I initially used some filters along with some layer adjustment for a base, but then took the image into Painter to add softness, shadows and some stokes for the hair-not something you can do with filters. But hey! this 'IS" just for fun, right? So I guess since art is subjective it gets down to "the art is in the eye of the beholder." (the beholder being the customer if I want to stay in business, lol). I did notice with this contest that people are taking time to read the rules.... Can't wait 'til the next contest... too much fun.

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Old 05-27-2006, 06:01 PM
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Wow veryweird, those examples are incredible. Now wouldn't it be great if we had somone like that to judge our entries? As well as the current system of course. But that way we'd all learn so much more!

The guest expert judge... quite like the idea.

Must stress that this comment doesn't mean I think there's anyting wrong with the voting system... it very interesting to see everyon'e different take on things.

Can't wait for the next contest!

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Old 05-29-2006, 09:57 AM
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you linked to my site (Odin Peterson Pencil Portraits)so I had to join up since I need to learn more about Photoshop.
Anyone who wants advice on how to draw let me know.
All the contest entries looked great to me, nice.
and great contest idea by the way
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Old 05-29-2006, 01:06 PM
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Fantastic!

I'd love to learn more! Anything you can teach us would be hugely valued.
Obviously the end result will vary depending on the individual's style and sensitivity but knowing the programme and the approach would be great.

Thanks very much for replying!
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Old 05-30-2006, 08:55 PM
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Voting is almost over so don't forget to get your votes in!!!!

Deadline for votes is 6pm EDT 31 May 2006.
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Old 05-31-2006, 07:32 AM
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I am new to this forum as of today, and so I missed out on the contest but I decided to do one anyway.
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Old 05-31-2006, 06:18 PM
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First of all my congratulations to Peth and the others for your wonderful winning entries.

Secondly my apologies to the contestants for not voting, sorry, got kinda tied up a little over the last couple of days, just didn't have time to go through all the entries and give them the kind of consideration they deserved.

As usual, a great contest with some great images.
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