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Getty Gardens by ChrisOatley Getty Gardens by ChrisOatley
Angie and I spent Saturday evening at The Getty Center. I spent about 30 minutes sketching in the gardens then finished this one at home on Sunday morning.

Charcoal, 8" x 10"
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HoshiBlue21 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015  Student General Artist
Hello! How are you?
Love this! love the bridge and the trees! you are great!
I was so happy to see this artwork, because I always listen to your videos or podcasts and read your newsletter!
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JNGarrettArt Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
This is really beautiful! 
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keight Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
That is lovely.
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
Thank you!
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theryancardinal Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
Slick man!!
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
Thanks, buddy.
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theryancardinal Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
No probs man. When is a new episode of either paper wings or artcast coming out?
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
I think Tuesday. I'm not sure if it's an ArtCast or a PWP. We have both done - I'm just not sure which one is dropping first.
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theryancardinal Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
Awesome!! Thanks for the heads up!! I really enjoy the podcasts, Makes me feel like I am making the right choice by going into comics and leaving tattooing behind! Keep up the great work and thank you for putting out such a great podcast!!
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Remroomie91 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
This is amazing!
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
Wow! Thanks. I really appreciate the encouragement.
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Remroomie91 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
Happy to say it! I can't believe that only took 30 minutes. It looks wonderful! It takes me FOREVER to draw something decent in charcoal, haha. But I'm still new to it. I'm in a non-majors basic drawing class and the last class of the semester is tomorrow. I'm not great yet, but it's inspiring to see such a good drawing done in such a short amount of time :) 
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
The nice thing about charcoal is that it is so forgiving. You can try a bunch of different variations on the composition before you commit with the deep darks.
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
The first sketch only took 30 minutes but I finished it at home Sunday morning. Probably about 2.5 hours total.
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argenis-trejo Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
beautiful!
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
Thank you!
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donut787 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Student Photographer
😍😍😍
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
Haha. Thanks!
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donut787 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Student Photographer
WELCOME ;-;
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agpierce Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I wish I could get the cripsness you do out of charcoal. This is gorgeous. What type of paper were you using?
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
This is on the Strathmore 300 Charcoal paper. If you want more sharpness, try vellum. Most people use it for marker sketching but it's great for charcoal too. 
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agpierce Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I'll give that a shot. I usually work on normal sketch paper when I do my charcoals. Everything is coated in black when I get done lol. Thanks, Chris! :D
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
I just got the Strathmore 500 series today so I'm going to give that a try. Not sure if it will feel any different than the 300 but I'm interested to find out.
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agpierce Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome! Let me know! :D
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2Lucid Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
HOT DAMN! lovely
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
Thanks, buddy. You're a rockstar.
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Dert13nJo Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Student General Artist
Simple serenity... I love the ink-wash feel of this, makes it look effortless, beautiful work!
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
Thank you! 
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AJNazzaro Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
Dude Nice!
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
Thanks, brother. Means a lot coming from such a successful pro like yourself.
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AJNazzaro Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
Hahaha get outta here with that!
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Brok3nD011 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Student General Artist
Very amazing attention to detail! 
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
Thank you!
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fuckisright Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
Great!
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
Thank you so much!
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Soloeus Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Student General Artist
Very good work.

I like the contrast, and expression of the trees.

+5.
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
Thank you. I'm so happy to hear that you like it!
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Illuzz1 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Professional General Artist
Beautiful work, Chris! Indeed the values are delicate here. Simple and beautiful - simply beautiful :)
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
Thank you - that is incredibly encouraging.
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CinderBlockStudios Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Great sketch, love the value in the tree!
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
Thanks! It's a combination of vine and compressed charcoal. Vine for the light grays. Compressed for the blacks. Works pretty well if you lay the vine in very thinly.
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CinderBlockStudios Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
hrm...might have to try that technique out myself. Thanks Chris!
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TheFloralTeaCup Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Professional General Artist
Beautiful!
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
Thank you!!!
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