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Just having a Gander by Joy Hahn

Just having a Gander

Back to basics and thoroughly enjoying the process. Have not done any pencil sketching in many years.

Question

Do you have to have pencil skills to be an artist?
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Hi Joy, In reply to your question, I am sure it assists to have pencil skills to become an artist.
In my own case, that is exactly how I started. Now following my right-sided stroke in 2011 causing procedural memory loss forgetting my previous art knowledge, I am trying to relearn my former pencil and painting skills.

Absolutely love your pencil skills as shown in your superb basic pencil sketch. A definite Special Favourite for me!

Warmest wishes, Peter
3 months ago
Thank you Peter. i always treasure you such encouraging comments. Cheers, and hope this finds you well
3 months
Hi Joy
I dont know if artist has a definitive description but to me if you produce pleasing work in any medium then you are an artist.
3 months
Many thanks for your comment Brian.
3 months
You should do more drawing Joy, this is so good. I would call this "Just having a Gander" I don't know if you use that term in Oz, but here in England it means "Taking a Look" x
3 months
Thanks for the title and yes it means exactly that.Glad you like it Graham.....cheers
3 months
I guess with me it always starts with a pencil, then rest follow. It is easier to rectify any mistakes at the beginning. Great job when less is more Joy.

Adam
3 months
Thanks Adam appreciate your comment.
3 months
Love the simplicity of the pencil sketch to tell a story. Think I need to get back to basics ! As for your question I think so just for the sake of mapping out your work.
Sending stars... best M
3 months
Many thanks Margaret I really am enjoying the simplicity you have mentioned, kind regards Joy
3 months
This is a very well drawn picture Joy - nice work. I like the variation in light weight and good control over the tone. I would say drawing is the foundation of painting realism but also useful in all other types of painting as it trains you to see. Warm regards Peter
3 months
Thanks for your encouraging comments Peter.....cheers
3 months
Nice work. I believe pencil skills definitely help. Laurel
3 months
Many thanks Laurel.......regards Joy
3 months
Well I would say yes I also teach children so I also teach drawing looks good
3 months
Many thanks Jeanette :)
3 months
I once had pencil skills. That's all I had to make art with. When I was thirteen, my English teacher saw I loved to draw and bought a quill pen and India ink for me and told me to try that. I was so hooked on that. We were poor and my dad wouldn't spend money on art materials, so I used what was given to me. I love your geese.
3 months
What a great memory for you to have and what a wonderful teacher you had. Many thanks for taking the time to comment Kathryn.
3 months
What a wonderful drawing. Very nicely done, Joy. I think it does help to have some pencil skills especially if you're doing realism, but not always completely necessary. Look at abstract....pencil skills not needed.
3 months
So true Mary when I am using a painting medium I use very little detail with pencil using the paint to bring it out. Thanks for commenting :)
3 months
No pencil skills I sketch with paint brush and then go to it..
3 months
Many thanks for your comment Patti
3 months
In answer to your question.......I don’t think so but it does help at times......I find a basic outline and key elements sketched in and then let the paintbrush do the rest.I prefer to let the paint and the brush to do the work.

AlanW
3 months
Thanks so much Alan for taking the time to comment......cheers.
3 months
Nicely done Joy..... it helps but its not essential many artists go straight in with the painting
3 months
Reminds me of Beatrice Potter !
Charming!
Marilyn xx
3 months
Yes,pencil drawing does develop one's skills especially with expressing form and shades as from observation we look upon the subject and transfer or translate what exactly is seen.

I like your goose and the pose of the the other one preening its feathers captured well indeed!

I did pencil drawings for many years before painting and yes its nice to practice with lead pencil as it teaches us to observe and draw from what presents.

It seems to be a tool we can take with us wherever we want and a visual diary of course!!
3 months
great sketch, I think he is ready to tell us something :)
2 months
Beautiful drawing Joy, and in answer to your question,, I know a few impressionist painters, who say they do not handle pencils well at all.. I started with pencils ,,and they are my favorite choice of medium... Big Hugs Sincerely, Doris
2 months
No as I am not the best drawer in the world but seem to manage. Love it. Warm regards Susie
2 months
Lovely sketch Joy, well done , J.
1 month
This is really good, sketch Joy. I like the movement and the lovely bold, shapes. I love sketching and should do more of it. You have inspired me!
With pencil one can catch the moment, it is quick and emotive so I think it is a wonderful tool for any artist. Not sure it is a necessity but drawing helps with hand eye coordination, trains your brain to really see what you are looking at and requires very little prep or clean-up.
1 month
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