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 […]
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. […]
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. […]
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 […]
Artists have been using mechanical aides since the beginning. Variations on the idea go all the way back to the Egyptian ‘canon of proportions’. Grinds are a classic way to break down the picture plane, compose space, alter and record it. Archaeologists use them too, in order to document the spatial relationships of dig sites on their […]
In class we talked about some basic compositional rules last weekend. The Rule of 3rds – the golden mean; Lead room; Geometry and symmetry; Rule of odds; & Simplification! To illustrate applications of the Rule of 3rds, I’ve collected some excellent images and imposed the grid on them all so you can look at how well the […]
Doing formal studies and serial studies of both live subjects and other artists work is a core learning tool! The goal is to have fun while systematically refining our skills and broadening our visual vocabulary. Related: Exercises like pattern work and gesture studies. I’ll be adding new proposals for exercise constraints here over time. A lot of professional art is […]
In my post IMPOSING THE GRID, I mentioned the Renaissance invention of Drawing Engines, grids of wire or string used by artists to observe and analyze their subject in order to render them more accurately. This came into use around the same time as modern Linear Perspective, as pioneered by Brunelleschi. It’s often mistakenly talked about […]
In this weeks class we’re introducing the principles of perspective, with an emphasis on using perceived/impressionistic rather than optical/mathematical applications in our art. But i Also wanted to make a point about the value of the humble single point perspective technique, and how in many cases it’s very powerful by itself. This clip is a […]