Materials Atthe Ready

Gather together your research notes and sketches, and lay out all the materials you are likely to need for your drawing session. You may find that the ritual of laying out your tools will help to focus your mind on the job in hand. Your drawing tools should be sharp and clean keep them close at hand, organized by type so that pastel pencils are separated from graphite, for example. Clips or tape hold the paper securely to the drawing board Scrap paper laid over work prevents unwanted smudging...

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Technical and consumer pens make fine marks of constant width and quality the width of the tips of technical pens is giver in millimeters. Ballpoint and felt-tip pens are useful for spur-of-the-moment sketches. Inks can be applied with both brushes and nibs. Ink applied with a brush makes fluid calligraphic marks drawing brushes are typically round and pointed, in contrast to the flat types used in oil painting, and are made from natural animal hair or synthetic fibers. Dip pens create...

Cutting And Recomposing

Left Right Brain Illusion

Existing images can be combined and collaged to create interesting new visual descriptions that are far more than the sum of their parts. This approach works well with contrasting pairs of drawings the opposition of lively and colorful, and static and linear, for example. Two old drawings of very different styles - one abstract in energetic ink and shellac, and one figurative charcoal - are chosen to create the new work. Two old drawings of very different styles - one abstract in energetic ink...

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Develop the outlines of the pink flowers with the magenta crayon. Examine the structure of the petals, the shapes created at their junctions, and which parts of each flower lie in front of other parts. Allow the drawing to run away with itself - one line should guide the next. Form and strength of line creates a sense of depth.

Quick Draw

Pencil underdrawing is not needed when working with ink and brush while it may improve accuracy, it compromises speed and spontaneity. Wipe the brush to reduce its ink load and add tone to the model's back. Create an uneven texture by using the side of the brush here and in the hair. Fill the black tone of the chair and the deep shadows under the arm with heavier strokes. Use the tip of the brush to indicate the presence of the chair legs there's no need to draw them in detail - indeed this...

Anatomy And Form

Faces Drawing Illusion

An understanding of the body's structure is essential if you are to give full expression to its spirit. Studying anatomy in books and sketching models informs you about the construction of the body, its proportions, and how the muscles, tendons, and skeleton direct and control the body. There is no need to memorize the position of every muscle and bone, but you should be familiar with key physical landmarks that will assist your work the vocabulary of life drawing. The angle of the pelvic bone...

Girl in a party dress

This playfully expressive study of a standing figure is more decorative than analytical because it employs colored pencil on a colored background, rather than stark black on white. The focus of the drawing is the surface of the boldly-patterned dress and the pose of the model color is used nonrepresentationally to emphasize the subject. Colored pencil allows very fine, delicate work a degree of precision in mark making that creates a drawing that could not have been achieved using heavier...

Relationships Between Objects

When preparing to work with a group of still-life objects you should experiment with different arrangements. The relationships between forms are defined both by the placement of objects and the negative space between them these factors will influence the emotional pitch of the drawing. Compare the two drawings below in the first, your eye is led backward through the spaces between the stones in the second, it gravitates toward the central structure. This drawing in colored pencil possesses a...

Posing The Model

Drawing Manga Head Possess

Reject poses that do not possess enough dynamism. Reject poses that do not possess enough dynamism. Ask your model to shift weight on to one leg, or to stretch out her arms and hands - anything that creates tension in the pose and defines harmonious areas of negative space. Make quick sketches of possible poses and select one to develop. Plain white cartridge paper choose a relatively cheap paper because this project demands several repetitions Drawing with a brush Quick, gestural drawing...

Cutting A Mount

Art Deco Buildings Norwich

Cutting your own mounts is relatively simple, but requires a little practice and good tools. You will need a cutting mat, a steel ruler, and a specialized cutter with its blade at a 45 angle. Window mount The beveled edge of the cardboard mount creates a step into the drawing. By taking this step, the viewer becomes complicit in the illusion. The mount tightens the presentation and keeps the glass of the frame away from the drawn surface. The drawing is trapped by the mount edge. The natural...

Pastel And Pen Marks

Drawing Illusion

Rolling a pastel stick across the paper leaves an uneven, almost organic mark, very well suited to drawing natural forms. Pushing a pastel across the surface leaves a tapered mark that can imply recession into the distance away from the point of origin. Cross-hatching with an ink pen creates an even yet lively tonal surface. Repeated passes can represent the densest shadows. Rolling a pastel stick across the paper leaves an uneven, almost organic mark, very well suited to drawing natural forms....

Different Media

Images Descriptive Illusions

Every medium has its own qualities for example, colored pencil makes delicate marks, while ink and brush creates fluid, gestural lines. Clarify your intentions before deciding upon your media do you want to make a drawing that is analytical, emotional, allusive, or descriptive However, trust your intuition there's nothing to stop you making an emotionally-charged image in pen and ink. Colored pencil - used for this study of Brussels sprouts drawn centrally on toned paper - allows for fine...

Reallife Perspective

In some drawings, the vanishing points may be off the page construction lines may still help with building the image. Vanishing points only occur if parallel lines are present in a scene. Many natural scenes have no - or only weak - parallel lines. Geometric perspective as used today was developed in Italy in the early 1400s, when Renaissance artist Filippo Brunelleschi painted the outlines of buildings on to mirrors, and observed that all the lines converged on the horizon. Before this...

Reflection And Translucency

Metallic Objects And Their Reflections

Glass and metallic objects especially those with curved surfaces have complex interactions with light and their surroundings. Space becomes distorted, so don't trust your assumptions concentrate and closely examine the subject. Always begin with an accurate outline of the form you need to be sure that proportions and outlines are all correct before shading. Glass and metal objects are defined by the way in which they reflect and refract light, rather than by their surface color or texture....

Scale Issues

Drawings smaller than A3 11.7x16.5 in size can comfortably be completed while you are seated at a desk larger drawings should be made standing, with the paper attached to an easel or a wall. This will enable you to reach all parts of the drawn area without stretching, giving you full control over the marks you make, and also eliminate any distortion introduced by the low viewing perspective when drawing seated. Drawings of buildings are vulnerable to distortion caused by the working position....