Greater Hand-Eye coordination via greater physical awareness and control
After you have the structure, you need a skin. A lot of that is about lighting, and textures! In this post we’re going to focus on the Lighting! Lighting forms and shapes. Lighting is fairly simple really but it’s common for people to take a while getting into the habit of thinking it fully through […]
Even more places to practice Virtual Plein Air! Read the first post on this topic here!
‘En plein air’, a French phrase meaning “open (in full) air” As a painting practice, for both the study and formal practice have really been around for a long time – painting live on location of various rural, scenic and urban subjects. – in the mid-19th century, working in natural light became particularly important to the […]
Understanding is key to confident drawing. You can try to fake it, but you’ll know if you are. There are no real short cuts to actually feeling confident. Secure in your own knowledge having actually done the work. So detailed studies of the human body are key to being able to draw it well, at speed, with […]
A handy time saver when working in analog or digital mode, is to lay in under your art, a perspective grid to follow when drawing objects in space! I’ve made and used many over the years. To the right is one I found on google, looked up the site credited but it’s malwared and gone. […]
I’m often asked by students what to use for corrections over ink… There’s other kinds of paint out there, here’s some links to other tests – ‘White Ink: A New Player in Town‘ – ‘JetPens Guide to Choosing White Gel Pens and Markers‘ – ‘White-ink Pen Tests‘ – ‘How to get the perfect white-out consistency‘ […]
I get asked in class often what’s the best way to practice this or that skill, or drawing as a whole. It’s a question that gives me pause because the instinctive response is my course plan is all these discrete things to do: Gesture studies, observational sketching, pattern exercises, etc! These are the best ways I think. […]
Drapery is a valuable area of observational art to study, given everyone tends to where clothes. That’s in fact not the only reason, but it’s a good one. I need to do my own tutorial on this subject soon, but for now I wanted to share a cash of refrence material i’ve collected myself on various […]
For a long time i’ve enjoyed trying to sketch at live shows, readings, cafe’s and parks, Plein Air sketching is a joy, and a fantastic way to learn and stretch yourself.
This incredible mural by Diego Rivera is an amazing study in composition and narrative art. The fantastic online resources provided by the DIA, include this great virtual extensive video tour of the work! I’ve made a playlist of all the clips below for ease of consumption but the mapped version on their site is pretty cool too. […]
If the marks we make are just random, we would not have art. Just a mess. Modeled drawings can be Gestures, made of Continuous Lines. It creates a very distinctive stylistic difference, if your drawings do or don’t use Contours. But Identifying each and learning them separately lets us be conscious of their individual traits; intentional about how we combine them; or if we choose to do so at all.
You’ll notice in my posts here, and in class, I keep stressing practice, repetition, doing many interactions, drawing a lot. One can never stress enough the single biggest “secret” to drawing well is drawing often. OK, i’ll be adding more of mine over time, but here’s Will Terrell’s “Old Sketchbooks” series, really worth watching all […]
Craft is when we do something well, knowledgeably. We all recognize it. It gets called talent a lot but in truth it’s always the result of practice. The application of craft.
The bars never move. They establish a fixed mid ground. Your brain does the rest, accentuating awareness of the foreground, and background. And along with texture, lighting, and Bifocal Perceptual Curvilinear Perspective this is how to create dynamic, deep space in your art.
A fun way to practice is to just doodle! I proscribe it wholeheartedly. Kept many sketchbooks over the years myself. It’s not the same at all as Deliberate Practice, but doodling is still implicit practice, and can lead to some great invention and discovery. Sometimes I fall out of the habit, especially if I’m doing a […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 & 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 […]
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, 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 […]
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, […]