For the last couple of days I've talked about not quitting things so easily so I did those colored pencil exercises figuring they would lead to more learning. However., after viewing the rest of the videos for the Craftsy colored pencil class, I've decided to quit. Thank goodness I got that class on the super cheap. I do not recommend it! Here are some of my issues...there's a supply list provided that one would come to believe is complete and yet in each lesson, she uses supplies that were not on the list and that now must be either found or purchased in order to proceed. Um...ok...how hard would it be to amend the supply list and post an updated version so that students can be prepared from day one? Another issue I have with the class is the teacher's delivery. She's clearly a very talented artist but her speaking style is very halting rather than fluid which was distracting to me. It seemed like she wasn't really sure what she was going to say and was under prepared to teach this content, but this could just be how she talks. I expected this class to be about learning techniques to help me develop my drawing skills (the class is called "Drawing with Colored Pencils") and yet there was very little actual instruction, mostly a lot of watching her color with the pencils. She talked about being experimental and playful, which is an important aspect of art making and one that I could use more, but I purchased this class thinking that I would be learning more specific techniques like blending, strokes, etc to develop my understanding and experience with this medium. This class was very short on those things. So, after viewing the videos for the next 3 exercises, I opted out. One reason being that I didn't have all of the supplies necessary and I'm done buying supplies just for this class. Another reason being that I didn't feel like she adequately explained how to complete the exercises and I just couldn't handle listening to her again. So, I quit...this class anyway.
I still want to learn better colored pencil techniques so I pulled out a couple of books on colored pencils that I've had for years and decided to start from the beginning. I may not do all of the exercises in these books but I'll do ones that attract my attention. I also have more Craftsy classes to do so I'll shift to those soon, too.
Well, here's today's daily art contribution. One of the first exercises in one of the books is to explore texture and tone using one colored pencil, creating an orange. I had problems with this exercise. First, I didn't have the same color of pencil used in the book and the one I ended up using didn't get deep enough tones despite how many layers I put down. So, I ended up using a couple of other pencils, too. Another issue I had was that I was drawing from a picture of a drawing rather than from life. I'm not into photorealism so I'm not bothered by it not looking exactly like an orange in every detail but I think it would have been better to have drawn an actual orange. Also, the drawing I was using as a reference didin't have a shadow but I wanted to include one so I did, but since I didn't have a reference for it, it turned out funky. Then I didn't like it floating out there in the space of the paper so I opted to add in the background to include a table. That really messed it up....oops! Finally, the paper was not the right one for colored pencil. It has too much texture so I'll try a smoother Bristol paper next time. So, many lessons learned in this one. I was tempted to not post it and try to do something else instead but I need to own the crap I create as much as the pretty things I create. They can't all be winners!