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Hi, I am new to art (I painted and stuff in High School and did well, but that's been YEARS, and I wasn't great..) and was wondering if I could get some advice/tips/pointers from some more talented and educated people.. I know at this stage that I'm not very good.. I mainly do it because I think it is fun, and it makes me happy.. But I want to start learning how to get better, so I've purchased some books and have been practicing constantly.. I mainly work with Oil Pastels on canvas, as it is what I feel most comfortable with, but I also do some oil paintings, acryllic works, and charcoal/graphite sketches and stuff.. I'll probably photograph and post some of my work soon, just so you guys can directly address the problems that I have, that is if any people are willing to help a new art enthusiast out.. Also, if you would like to know anything else about me, just ask. =)

While I take some photos and stuff, can anyone who works with pastels just let me in on some info? You know, like stuff you wish you had been told or learned when you first began! Thanks guys!

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Welcome to ArtFreaks.com!

Check this out:

http://www.artfreaks.com/index.php/articles.html

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And if you want a good laugh, you can check out some of my early stuff at:

http://www.artfreaks.com/forums/index.php/gallery/album/4-my-early-attempts-at-pastel-painting/

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Thanks man.. I didn't realize there were articles too :lol:

You're welcome!

The articles section is still very new and there is not much in it. If you've got any of your own hot tips, please add them to the database!

And here's some more of my rubbish:

http://www.artfreaks.com/forums/index.php/gallery/album/97-some-more-recent-pastel-paintings/

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And if you want a good laugh, you can check out some of my early stuff at:

http://www.artfreaks...astel-painting/

Sure.. It could inspire me haha.. It's always comforting to know that not everyone started off like Van Gogh or something..
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here is a link to my deviantART (so as to not create unneeded clutter.)

http://rivinhal.deviantart.com/gallery/

Could anyone give me some feedback/pointers based on mistakes I may be making? I would appreciate it! Thanks!

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"Questions of Theology" is awesome. I love it!

I'm not kidding, I could pay good money for a painting like that...

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"Asteroids" is alright too...

It would look good on the wall of a trendy little cafe or resteraunt or something...

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Haha thanks man.. It means alot coming from someone like yourself. I kinda had a bit of an art self-esteem issue, (thinking I straight suck something horrible) so this really made me feel a bit more capable! =)

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Keep practising and use your brain when you draw and everything will come to mature soon.

Watch the video.

Maybe you can laugh on that?

caricature

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As an artist you have to draw on every day basis and you are committed to explore the possibilities to create something on 2 dimensional surface to look as a 3 dimensional.

caricature

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