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Notes from Peter Han on drawing exercises

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I think I’ve established I have no shame in taking notes from other gifted teachers. That’s how I learned to draw in the first place after all. Obviously I think you should do the same.

Right after we settled on a name for the course I looked it up; both the ideas I was looking to teach and the title itself. And quickly found the chalk trails of Peter Han. A talented designer, he teaches for CG Master Academy in New Westminster BC. He’s got a hard core dedication that’s hard not to admire. This first clip of his, is a really nice short 3:44 min doc directed by Adriel de la Torre.

In it Peter gives some great demos here in terms of drawing control and exercises. And anecdotally familiar lines of thinking about focus and goals. Many compatible ideas with my class’s approach to drawing. Many of these exercises are the same or similar as the ones I’ll be teaching. A flexible range of movement and control are integral to anything I think we could call dynamic drawing!

Ultimately all practice regimes are about creating an accelerated learning environment for yourself. Practicing rendering paterns and forms diligently will pay off. I draw them still to warm up, along with generally doodling, to get my hand moving and drawing juices flowing. In the beginning do it as often as you can! Anyplace you can find a stable working surface and stance. You don’t have to even be feeling “creative”.

I like when in these clips he talks about how he recomends we approach learning how to master drawing, and how he uses the impermanence of the chalkboard to get comfortable with de-prioritizing the outcome, in favour of mindful study and practice.

He’s got some very well controlled form as well. Demonstrating well how drawing on a wall large, or an easel, using the full space and learning how to have better control of your movement is good for working on larger, looser forms using the full body even in his case. I’ve done a little mural work, his mastery of the chalk reminded me of the way some of the more experienced muralists I know work.

I like his thoughts on finding rhythm and motion in your line. And how to think about constructing forms from the largest elements first.  All good stuff. Work with brushes demands some similar variables when mastering control of your tool and line. If you can find a chalk board, or big white board possibly? Then Great. You’ll notice many of our school’s lap boards are painted with black board paint? We do have chalk as well if you want to try it.

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