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Online landscape drawing course wrapped up!

Refining my drawing skills online with private tutelage from a master? Yes! Last week, I wrapped up a 2nd online 6-lesson colored pencil class with reknowned artist Bet Borgeson. “Landscape Using Photo Referernces as Aids” took me out of my usual comfort zone of drawing intimate scenes and portraits. The intricacies of perfecting an effective landscape drawing pushed me to a new awareness of the importance of color placement in relation to compositional distance.

An initial 4x4-inch drawing done for the purpose of learning the method of "gridding" a photo for rendering proportionally on paper by hand

For Bet’s critique of my first major assignment, she had only praise. She now features it, along with the composited photos that were used for reference, as an example in the course materials for others to view. See below:

Photos taken July 2012. Deer: Todaiji Temple, Japan Stone lantern: at my mother's home in Osaka 

However, I struggled with the second critique assignment. The com…