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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
The combination of musical rhythm and a moving subject that tends to move in predictable and interesting ways makes doing live studies of musicians an entertaining way to learn about body language and rhythm. Adam Cantor modeled for us, and returned with guests Russell Simco on the fiddle, and band mate Jonathan Furze on guitar.
Moving bodies for moving lines “You should draw not what the thing looks like, not even what it is, but what it is doing…Gesture has no precise edges, no forms. The forms are in the act of changing. Gesture is movement in space.” ― Kimon Nicolaides This page is a gallery of clips embeded from […]
Actors Kristina San and Shawn Baichoo came and pretended to do grievous bodily harm to one another for our edification and then sat for a couple of more traditional long posses. This post is of a series of clips and photos to use for ongoing dynamic gesture studies.
I’m a big proponent of practice and self directed learning. As much as i can try to teach in class the way people get good is by doing, and more you do the better you get. That’s why I tried to create some utilities here on the site to facilitate studies. Of course Syn Studio […]