View Full Version : ~Impromptu Learn-a-thon Nov 9 through Tuesday Nov 12~

11-09-2013, 02:05 PM
Learn-a-thon, Nov 9 to Nov 12, 2013

Come Join us in a LEARN-A-THON!!!!

The goal here is not trading but learning, so feel free to work with whatever size you want. I may work in a sketchbook. This said if you do wish to trade with someone that is totally up to the two of you..

General goals

1) To use those How to Art books most of us have sitting around collecting dust.
2) To do the lessons and to get lots of practice.
3) To practice, practice, have fun and practice.


1) Have Fun and Learn
2) Use lessons from any book or even an online site to study from.
3) Optional … Share what you are working on
4) We can all encourage each other not to give up. To have fun and to try to stretch our abilities….

Any Questions just ask!

Amerasu has several great online links in the first post of her Daily Drawing Club: (http://atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?t=25946)

11-09-2013, 02:39 PM
I am going to start with this weeks Daily drawing Club Challenge Values & Shading (http://atcsforall.com/forum/showpost.php?p=1489516&postcount=551)

11-09-2013, 04:30 PM
http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/259/large/1_11-9-2013__L-A-T-01.jpg here is my first one for the day...

11-09-2013, 04:52 PM
Beautiful, Linda! She's gorgeous! The robe looks nicely done with the shading.

I'll give it a whirl if I can this weekend :)

11-09-2013, 05:44 PM
Linda the folds of fabric are great

11-09-2013, 06:21 PM
That looks great, Linda! The learn-a-thon is a wonderful idea....I have a lot going on this weekend, but I will try to participate at least a little bit!

11-09-2013, 08:13 PM
I am trying to draw realistic people right now. I am soaking my foot right now, when
I'm done I'll go scan my second drawing, Cole Turner from Charmed.

11-09-2013, 09:00 PM
hand drawn, Cole Turner from Charmed I see now I did his ear either to small or too low....

and his hair is lighter and curly but the photo I used was in a magazine with a dark background and I didn't see those details as I do in this online photo.

11-09-2013, 09:09 PM
What other things are people working on? The Learn-a-thon does not have to be drawing, that is just what I need to practice most. But I am thinking tomorrow that I may do some one-stroke flower painting.

11-09-2013, 11:25 PM
I'll try to follow this.

11-09-2013, 11:35 PM
Hi Will. What is it you want to learn or practice this weekend?

11-09-2013, 11:51 PM
http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/259/large/1_11-9-2013__L-A-T-03.jpg hand drawn Frida from this photo

Well I think I will call it a night. Tomorrow I will be here with my acrylic paints.:D

11-10-2013, 12:24 AM
Love the drawings Linda. Maybe I will get a chance to get in on this tomorrow. I need to work on more realistic drawing myself. I am trying to draw more from what I picture in my mind. Maybe I will post one of those tomorrow and I can get some feedback.

11-10-2013, 01:56 AM
Great drawings.... I wish I would have time to do this! I am home from work these days but have too many things on my list of TO DOs....

11-10-2013, 04:37 AM
Have just found this thread - I may use this as the push to finish some of those on-line courses I signed up for (but never quite finished :embarrassed:)

Linda - your drawings are looking great! What a difference practise makes. . .

11-10-2013, 04:38 AM
I just started practicing on a feather.

11-10-2013, 07:35 AM
Great drawings.... I wish I would have time to do this! I am home from work these days but have too many things on my list of TO DOs....

Could you incorporate something new to you in those TO DOs? That would be something you are learning and you can share it here.

Good too see several of you here. look forward to seeing what you are learning. Will good luck with the feather. I should probably practice drawing hair....:confused:

11-10-2013, 08:49 AM
I am trying some collage techniques. Specifically, yesterday it was painting a layer of acrylic paint, letting it dry, then putting down vaseline in areas. After this, paint another constrasting/complimentary color over everythin, letting it dry, then rub off the vaseline.

What was supposed to happen is the vaseline protected the areas of the first color and didnt allow the second color to set. The end result should look like aging, peeling paint. What actually happened was a mess. :confused: Not sure what I did wrong, but I will have to try again.

11-10-2013, 09:02 AM
Right now I am working on some round robins, I'll do more learning stuff later.

I have heard of that technique, but have not tried it. I'll have my acrylics out later, keep me informed on what happens with your next try.

I got up at 3 am so I may go back to bed later. This is something I can only do when I am here alone. I try not to do anything to disrupt my sweetie's sleep since he has a bit of insomnia. For me I fall asleep almost as fast as my head hits the pillow.

wen nine
11-10-2013, 07:55 PM
Hi Linda, just signing in. This could be a good place for me to stay inspired with my 'must try' list. It just keeps growing but time for art does not :-/ Top of the list is felting, calligraphy practice, eco dyeing....

11-10-2013, 08:38 PM
Hi Wen nine get busy and try something on that list this weekend.

Right now I am soaking my toe, and then I need to eat dinner. But I have been working on one stroke painting for the last couple of hours. Unfortunately I messed up the piece I was working on to show. I will do more but I don't think I am going to try to make anything out of it. I just need to practice the strokes and loading the brush correctly.

big toe studio
11-10-2013, 09:23 PM
Wen: what is eco dying? sounds interesting
this isnt a super example,but its how my peeled paint turned out

I have soooo many how-to books, and not a minute this weekend to even choose one

11-10-2013, 10:19 PM
Your peeled paint looks good....that's supposed to be how it looks. Will have to try mine again.

11-11-2013, 12:07 AM
Well this is what I have to show for this day... A lot more went in the trash.
http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/259/large/1_11-10-201_303.jpg There is lessons online but my internet is too slow to run videos, it just keeps buffering every few seconds....
one stroke painting (https://www.google.com/search?q=onestroke+painting&rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS480US480&oq=onestroke+painting&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.26486j0j7&sourceid=chrome&espv=210&es_sm=93&ie=UTF-8)
Donna Dewberry Videos (https://www.google.com/search?q=donna+dewberry+video&rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS480US480&oq=donna+Dewberry&aqs=chrome.4.69i57j0l5.22985j0j7&sourceid=chrome&espv=210&es_sm=93&ie=UTF-8)

11-11-2013, 05:36 AM
I have a big poster of trees and I just painted the tree trunk and branches of a redwood and a bald cyprus then used the pounce technique to add the greenery with the one stroke scruffy brush....

Gypsy Spirit
11-11-2013, 10:20 AM
your forna looks great! is it oil or acrylic?

I do not have any how to books, i usally just jump in or look it up on line
However what i am working on now is using this 8x8 water color paper i got on sale
but I work in layers and it seems watercolor paper dosnt hold up well to my obsessive bursh strokes... :err:

pimpdady snow man is on his second layer, this on is much better then my first attempt
Mother and child however, didnt hold up as well...
... off to add the secound layer and see if it is fixable

11-11-2013, 10:43 AM
Ohhh Muddy they are coming out gorgeous. Maybe I should I practice my watercolors today because I tend to use them like I do my markers or acrylics. I just color things in and I lose the softness, transparency and flow normally identifiable in watercolors.

The one stroke painting is done with acrylics.

11-11-2013, 10:45 AM
https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTZT2x0hrxxzw_vVdHf4RR3ViP3RLk8Q o-bm9cWtGTVrzodpv_B I have to call my Uncle Ben today and tell him I love him.

11-11-2013, 12:34 PM
great drawings, and watercolours. I need to work on my collages, have seen wonderful work, but have to learn a lot. Tomorrow check the books I have, meanwhile this was done yesterday


11-11-2013, 12:47 PM
I love how you went all mixed-media with that one, Marilou! And that saying is wonderful! :D Also, I believe that everyone who can draw/paint can collage as well because collage is all about layout / where to glue down what, and if you can draw/paint an interesting picture you have "the eye" anyway. ;)
Doesn't mean one has to be good at drawing/painting to "see" - my mom can't really do either, but she is absolutely amazing at telling me where to put something on my drawings or collages. ;)

I guess I'll be working on a couple cards for a swap on another site today - it's about perspective drawings, so I will surely learn a lot! I haven't drawn anything in proper perspective since I finished school (which was, bloody hell, 2008! :err: ), so I have probably forgotten anything I ever knew. ;)
Will post photos if I get something acceptable done! :geek:

Gypsy Spirit
11-11-2013, 01:02 PM
OMG 2008! hahahaha... it was 1984 for me! school that is
I didn learn alot about pec[ective in high school, I had a fantastic graphics design here in Mich, and my art teacher in California taught me so much about human anatomy porportions and to draw BIGGER :biglaugh:
who knew drawing small would pay off ;)

11-11-2013, 01:03 PM
Marilou looks good, I am on my so I will have to look again after I get back on my laptop.
Prayer I now what you mean. Perspective is something I am sure I need to better as well.

11-11-2013, 01:05 PM
Thanks Sarah, although I am not satisfied about how it turned out ... will see
(which was bloody hell 2008) what are you complaining about, you are still a spring chicken, I finished school in...1964!!!!!

Gypsy Spirit
11-11-2013, 01:59 PM
I am sufficiently humble by my elder :notworthy:

11-11-2013, 02:10 PM
I'm just always so surprised! I turned 24 in October, and I don't think I feel a lot different than I did in 2008 - when I was younger, I thought that 25 was a good age to start a family... hell, NO! :twitcy:
And well, it feels like we only just passed out Abitur, and now we will all meet up at our 5 year anniversary. :confused: It's all a little baffling! ;)

Marilou, perhaps you want to try putting more contrast in there (or in another kind of similar project you might work on)? I feel that the other colours and the lighter areas often "pop" a lot better when there's something solidly black somewhere... Just a thought! :wubclub:

Gypsy Spirit
11-11-2013, 04:57 PM
the faces look over worked...
hmmmph. im not liking the watercolor paper for my watercolor pencils.
bristol board seems to working out much better for me....
*sad face*

Gypsy Spirit
11-11-2013, 04:59 PM
my avitar, for example is a ink sketch with a watercolor pencil wash and a gel-pen overlay... worked out well, but this paper balls up, flakes off...kinda of tares...

any ideas?

11-11-2013, 05:32 PM
I am not all that familiar with watercolor. I had watercolor paper tear on me when I tried using the masking fluid, so I don't have the answer.

11-11-2013, 11:38 PM
OK after our earlier conversation I decided to platy with my watercolors. Then my sweetie came home so I haven't done much the last few hours. I post a couple samples of what I was playing with later on.

11-12-2013, 04:21 PM
Watercolor practice. the masking fluid I used didn't work so the leaves are actually painted with acrylics, and I am not the good making small detail with a brush so I used markers for the details.
both from Watercolor for the First Time by Kory Fluckiger (I bet he had a horrible time with that name in school:err:)

11-13-2013, 03:07 AM
http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/259/medium/2_my_art_003.jpg I used the last day of learn-a-thon to play with my acrylics. I used the Donna Dewberry Scruffy paint brush to do the tree. :)
there is detail in the snow, but the scanner didn't pick it up.

Gypsy Spirit
11-13-2013, 09:47 AM
practic weekend all gone, darn I slept through yeasterday too. Well it was a nyquill enduced coma but sleep all the same :goofy:

your acrylic work is fabulous Linda.
I think I may give up on this water color paper, stick with bristol board (card stock) and work on improving my inking skills..

big toe studio
11-17-2013, 08:59 PM
Linda: the WC are lovely and LOVE the pine tree

Mudd: the madonna/child is beautiful-I see no problems with the faces

11-18-2013, 03:28 AM
LOOOOVE your tree it is gorgeous. Can't give a rep for it, you got to many already from me LOL

11-19-2013, 02:30 AM
Thanks everyone. LOL thank you anyway Marilou. Going to archive this thread thank you all for sharing a bit of learning and practice with me.Till next time, Hugs

11-19-2013, 03:24 AM
Thanks Linda for this "lessons" always great to learn and see something new.
Till next time