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!
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 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.
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 […]
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!
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 […]