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foodie furs / Substituting applesauce for eggs?
« Last post by Kobuk on Today at 10:17:04 am »
I never knew about this.  :o
With the way egg prices keep going up and avian bird flu still running rampant, applesauce might be the way to go.
word games / Re: Hilarious, dumb, or very unknown facts!
« Last post by Kobuk on Today at 10:11:44 am »
Gallium is a metal that melts in your hand.
It is used in special semiconductors as well as low temperature melting metal alloys.

And speaking of Gallium.......... :o
general non-furry discussion / Re: T G I F What are you doing this weekend?
« Last post by Firelight on January 28, 2023, 09:29:12 pm »
Nothing this weekend but next weekend I'm going to a cat show.
traditional and digital artwork / Re: A Rat's journey in oil painting.
« Last post by cause the rat on January 28, 2023, 05:05:34 pm »
Just wanted to give everyone still reading this a link to the best book on cast studies. 'Charles Bargue and Jean-Leon Gerome: Drawing Course' . Vincent Van Gogh and John Singer Sargent studied form this book. This book is free from the Internet Archive. Or you could pay up to $70 for it on Amazon.

Cast studies

Decided to have some fun. Every object is nothing more than a collection of smaller shapes. You can divide any complex object into three values of shapes. Light, mid and dark. Look at your hand. Now start picking out the three values as individual shapes. Try to make these shapes as large as possible. These shapes can be broken down into smaller shapes. The more you break these shapes down the more realistic your rendering becomes. But it all starts out with the three value shapes. I have a yearly subscription to Croquis Cafe site on Vimeo. They have a feature called 'fast sketch'. You can set the timer to 15, 30, 45 seconds. One, 2,3,5 or ten minutes for each artist pose. Made all my pose selections and set the timer for 15 seconds. Hit start. As the pictures of models flew by I chose a single body part. Arm, leg, torso, neck. Whatever caught my attention first. Instead of drawing an outline I drew the shapes that made up the area itself. I did this with a pencil. The more i did this the easier it was to find the three values that made up the over all shape. And the better I got at it. By rendering these three value shapes I was actually getting the over all shape. Without starting with an outline.  Eventually slowing the timer to one minute to get larger areas of the model. Still keeping the shapes down to three values.

So I know what your asking. "Why are you using a pencil"? Fifteen seconds is just enough time to load a brush and bring it up to the canvas. And it usually takes more than one stroke with a brush to get a completed line. A 'W' with a brush takes four strokes. Compared to one stroke with a pencil. Using a brush would give me more time to think than I wanted . Working fast is a way to force yourself to see the shapes that make up the object. When I go to do the actual cast shadings I'll do that with the brush.
general non-furry discussion / Re: Local weather
« Last post by Kobuk on January 28, 2023, 12:30:58 pm »
Snow all day and all evening today. Supposed to get anywhere from 4-6+ inches.
It's not a blizzard. Just a light to moderate snow falling. Snow should end by about 7am Sunday morning.
general non-furry discussion / Re: Lost In The Mail
« Last post by Simo on January 28, 2023, 03:18:14 am »

Me--My first car payment to GMAC Financing never reached their office, and it was mailed at the main branch of the post office in the same town!

Same thing happened to me. Mailed in a car payment, but who knows where it went? Had the bank cancel the check, and I've been making all the payments online.
general non-furry discussion / Re: What Are You Up To?
« Last post by Simo on January 28, 2023, 03:06:14 am »
Just got done playing NLHE online. Made up for all of last weeks losses due to runbad, and then some extra profit.  :)
administerial roars and woofs / Re: The Return of Furtopia + Hosting
« Last post by Simo on January 28, 2023, 03:03:54 am »

That's not good, White Shepherd. Hope you're feeling better.
general non-furry discussion / Re: What Are You Up To?
« Last post by Kobuk on January 27, 2023, 02:08:35 pm »
Just relaxing and having a cup of hot chocolate. :)
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