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How long have you been drawing?
I've been drawing since I was a kid. I've always kept a sketchbook and pencil with me and I've always loved art. I got really into drawing several years ago though when I joined dA back in October 2006.
Have you taken any art classes?
Yes, over the past couple years I have taken art classes in portrait, figure, still life, and landscape drawing and painting which have been extremely helpful. Before I started taking classes though, I practiced a lot on my own. I taught myself and I figured out what things worked for me and what things did not. If you are looking to improve it is so important to teach yourself by practicing.
How long does it take you to complete a drawing?
Anywhere from 1-25 hours. It really depends on the detail, size, and how patient I am at the time.
What size paper do you use?
I usually work on 9" x 12"- 18" by 24" and all standard sizes in between those. Also, sometimes I will custom cut my paper.
A Turning Point in the Clockwork WarA war of attrition
depends on supply and drawdown,
how much you have and how much you use up.
With personnel, the balance concerns
the influx of recruitment versus
the outflow of casualties, deserters, invalids.
There is only so much loss
that a fighting force can sustain
and still fight.
Pilot Claude Archer was the first
to challenge his invalid discharge.
"I don't need legs to fly," he said,
patting the healed stumps of his thighs.
"My Osprey runs on elbow grease."
The members of the discharge board
paused and looked at each other.
What he said was true.
The Osprey-class fighter jets
relied on hand controls,
and a sharp eye and iron nerve.
Fingers flicked through the stack
of discharge papers -- so many, many pages.
So many soldiers lost, never to fight again.
They could not afford to let slip even one
who might be retained, somehow,
to face the front line once more.
Far less could the war effort spare
one of its best pilots.
So they put Pilot Archer back on the roster,
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