What do you think of my charcoal/pencil sketches?

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Hi guys,

So, I'm taking a Gold Arts award (a project where you make/experience/review art, among other things) and for this I need to get some feedback on some of my artwork.

i've done these sketches using skills I learned from a different art form (oil/acrylic painting) and I'm wondering what you think of them.
With the three landscape sketches, the idea was to draw some very rough shapes in charcoal (this was as a preliminary to a painting.)

The jar/amphora and the mushroom are using the tonal box method, where you layer tones on top of each other, starting with the lightest, and the bird was an attempt at semi-free-flowing marks on paper.

Any thoughts on what you liked or think I could improve would be really welcome!

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Moved to the creative corner forum
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(Original post by Turtle01)
Hi guys,

So, I'm taking a Gold Arts award (a project where you make/experience/review art, among other things) and for this I need to get some feedback on some of my artwork.

i've done these sketches using skills I learned from a different art form (oil/acrylic painting) and I'm wondering what you think of them.
With the three landscape sketches, the idea was to draw some very rough shapes in charcoal (this was as a preliminary to a painting.)

The jar/amphora and the mushroom are using the tonal box method, where you layer tones on top of each other, starting with the lightest, and the bird was an attempt at semi-free-flowing marks on paper.

Any thoughts on what you liked or think I could improve would be really welcome!

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Difficult to know what you're looking for here... The landscapes work well enough as preparatory sketches for painting - a quick note-taking method. I find the other three images a bit of a mixed bag. The bird has some vigour conveyed in a few strokes, but I find your tonal methods in the remaining two images a little unrefined for finished works, more even shading and softer graduations and transitions would work better for me. Not sure of the lighting direction on the jar either, both left and right edges in shadow and no shadow cast on whatever surface it sits on. How long did these images take? Did you do multiple attempts at each? Sometimes repetition allows refinement and a clearer understanding of the subject. Hth.
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Difficult to know what you're looking for here... The landscapes work well enough as preparatory sketches for painting - a quick note-taking method. I find the other three images a bit of a mixed bag. The bird has some vigour conveyed in a few strokes, but I find your tonal methods in the remaining two images a little unrefined for finished works, more even shading and softer graduations and transitions would work better for me. Not sure of the lighting direction on the jar either, both left and right edges in shadow and no shadow cast on whatever surface it sits on. How long did these images take? Did you do multiple attempts at each? Sometimes repetition allows refinement and a clearer understanding of the subject. Hth.
Thank you! That's really helpful. I get your point about the shading, as the method I've used is a bit limited, with only a few basic shades. I haven't done more than one version in each case, but I can see how they might benefit from being redone/refined. I can't actually remember how long most of these took, but I certainly didn't spend hours on them, as they were meant to be fairly small projects.
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Thanks for doing this, looks like it helped. :-)
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Hi guys,

So, I'm taking a Gold Arts award (a project where you make/experience/review art, among other things) and for this I need to get some feedback on some of my artwork.

i've done these sketches using skills I learned from a different art form (oil/acrylic painting) and I'm wondering what you think of them.
With the three landscape sketches, the idea was to draw some very rough shapes in charcoal (this was as a preliminary to a painting.)

The jar/amphora and the mushroom are using the tonal box method, where you layer tones on top of each other, starting with the lightest, and the bird was an attempt at semi-free-flowing marks on paper.

Any thoughts on what you liked or think I could improve would be really welcome!

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they're better than anything i'm capable of, but i've seen sketches with far more fine detail
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CoolCavy one for your expert opinion
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