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Archive for January, 2014
Getting a grip!
Getting a grip!

Regular practice and the refinement of form are core aspects of Dynamic Drawing. Without it you will not get much out of simply attending a few classes and drawing very little or with little structure and intention the rest of the time. Remember to approach the work as study. Don’t worry about how good the end […]

Moving Subject Studies and Kimon Nicolaides
Moving Subject Studies and Kimon Nicolaides

Posted here are two pages here from The Natural Way To Draw by Kimon Nicolaides. I recommend it, it’s a complete study guide including exercises & assignments! I own a copy today as does the school, I suggest taking a look at it. Nicolaides laid the ground work for a lot of ideas people use in art instruction today, […]

Dynamic gesture drawing, demo and notes
Dynamic gesture drawing, demo and notes

In Dynamic Drawing one of the core ideas is the best way to learn to draw quickly with a fluid line and get greater control, is to spend time just practicing that! Here’s a few clips of me demoing the technique a little, and how to go on to apply it as a stage in your […]

Notes from Force by Mike Mattesi!
Notes from Force by Mike Mattesi!

Mike Mattesi has a fantastic take on capturing a dynamic line and form in his work and great notes to accompany his examples. The book is well worth owning! I’m just missing the middle child in his main trilogy myself. Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators, and Force: Animal Drawing: Animal locomotion and design concepts for animators are currently being read […]

Pattern Texture and Technique exercises
Pattern Texture and Technique exercises

Pattern & Rendering exercises. Go here for General Line Control – Form Exercises! – 3D Forms/Lighting – A Glossary of Lines! – Perspective Exercises – Brush Exercises – Waves! Now the first ABCs of drawing exercises is… Hatching. Hatches are line made to shade, render texture and form, generally trying to achieve tonal range with line. fill in a row […]

Notes from Peter Han on drawing exercises
Notes from Peter Han on drawing exercises

The chalk trails of Peter Han. A talented designer who teaches for CG Master Academy in New Westminster BC. He gives good demos containing many compatible ideas with our class’s approach to drawing. watch, think, try his methods. Many of these exercises are the same as those i’ll be teaching.

About line for tone & value.
About line for tone & value.

About line for tone & value, cross hatching, contours, and to follow surface or not. In the this post, I introduce basic feathering, hatching, cross hatching & basket weaves as part of your regular practice regime. We’re going to explore hear how you can use them. The idea using them to do things like depict texture, and […]

Constructive drawing and Structure
Constructive drawing and Structure

A lot of what makes our work is Design: Designing the picture plane = composition. Designing the form = how we use structure, surface, texture &, lighting! STRUCTURE. Remember this handout from the start of our classes? It shows the range of techniques for drawing the human body, from abstract gesture, to contour lines, to a simplified skeleton, […]

An intro to the Pocket Brush, and Line Weight
An intro to the Pocket Brush, and Line Weight

To get a head start on this weeks class here’s a 10 min intro to this great little tool and some basic tips on using a brush to draw for those of you new to it. After this you might want to look at the pages on Pattern & Rendering exercises, or Applications of inking […]

Informing your eye
Informing your eye

The study of the natural & built environment! It’s obvious of course, why we study Anatomy the human body in order to draw it. Likewise its essential to study our built environment, it’s anatomy and design, in order to render it. And the greater natural world as well!

George Pratt working freehand in ink
George Pratt working freehand in ink

George Pratt is one of the most impressive artists working today. This Academy Guy clip of him working on a movie poster and explaining it all as he goes is inspiring, and informative.

Applications of inking and wash techniques
Applications of inking and wash techniques

To build on the introduction to brush and texture exercises i’ve put up already, I thought i’d record myself doing some work in ink and wash for you all to observe while explaining why I use what techniques I do when I do. There’s a 5 min time lapsed version of the same footage for […]

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