Buildings Architecture

You can easily simplify the buildings you draw if there are too many extraneous details, or omit unsightly objects such as parked cars. Such details can look too prominent and may compete unnecessarily with the architectural design. Tihe great advantage of drawing buildings is that they are permanent and stationary, so you can take your time to study the subject. Perspective is one of the most important elements to grasp if you want to draw a convincing architectural study how an object with...

Keeping Your Work Clean

Pastels and chalks generate a fine powder as you work with them, so use a sheet of paper to lean your hand on as you draw. This technique is also useful with lead pencils. either pale or strong in tone, have been used for areas in sunlight. Pastel marks have been left unblended so that the drawing has a sharp clarity. This drawing is built up of colour contrasts - with bright, vibrant pastels describing the scene outdoors and darker, more subdued hues evoking the shady interior. This pattern of...

Materials For Drawing

Portrait Drawing Materials

To draw a portrait successfully, you need to be able to produce a solid, lifelike image of a head with recognizable features that identify the sitter. Work out the symmetry of the face by dividing it roughly into three equal parts. The top section is from the crown to the brow the central section is from the brow to the end of the nose and the bottom section is from the end of the nose to the bottom of the chin. Draw the eyes approximately one-eye's width apart and measure the triangle made by...

Brief History

Bistre Medium Art

The history of drawing may be as old as the human race itself. Cave paintings have been discovered dating back as far as 10,000 years bc, so it seems that man has always been interested in making images. However it was during the Italian Renaissance that artists developed profound drawing skills and the art of drawing underpinned all other artistic disciplines. One reason why drawing was at such a high standard during this period was that it related directly to the great profession of painting...

Gallery Of Drawing Media

Jane Stanton Boxing Pastels

Of intense black shading and lightly drawn linear marks creates a strong sense of movement. of intense black shading and lightly drawn linear marks creates a strong sense of movement. John Ward RA, Siena, 33 x 56 cm 13 x 22 in In this picture the artist has caught the dazzlingly bright light that shines on a bustling market square with a clever combination of watercolour and pencil. Rich, deep washes of watercolour have been drawn in shaded areas to heighten the contrast with the stark white...

G L O

Hue Describes the actual colour of an object or substance as it would appear on the colour wheel. Lifting out Modifying colour and creating highlights by taking colour off the paper using an eraser or sponge. Linear perspective The method of representing a three-dimensional object on a two-dimensional surface. Linear perspective makes objects appear smaller as they get farther away by means of a geometric system of measurement. Modelling Describing the form of a solid object using solid shading...

Gallery Of Form

Donald Hamilton Fraser Dancer

43x51 cm 17x20 in Rock formations, with their stark, craggy shapes and dramatic shadows, are a wonderful subject for studying form. The depth and drama of this drawing relies upon a bright light that picks out the eroding coastline as a series of unusual and abstract images. Deep shadows help to build up a strong tonal pattern that combines with the highlights to give a three-dimensional form with a striking presence. upper body suggest shadows and create a realistic sense of shape and depth. A...

Linear Drawing

Musical Guitar Still Life Drawing

Ink applied with a pen is a popular drawing medium. The ink comes in a range of colours just as the steel nibs come in a variety of thicknesses. It is best to use smooth cartridge paper so that the nib does not become stuck in the fibres. 1 gt If you are unsure of drawing directly in pen and ink, start off with a light pencil sketch. This will allow you to make sure your proportions are correct and that you are happy with the composition. It will also train you to be observant. This simple...

Tonal Drawing

Animal Sketch Renaissance

3 gt Put in a light grey tone by using gentle sweeping strokes with the side of the pencil. Once this is established you can deepen the tone for shadows and erase it for highlights. Explore the shapes shadows make between the objects darkening the shadows will push the objects forwards and make them look less flat. Develop the gradated tones on the objects, from the lightest to the darkest, to give them volume. 4-a. Now bring out the soft highlights on the jug by lifting out some of the tonal...

Gallery Of Composition

Pencil Sketches Beach Scenes

Jane Stanton, Behind the Scoreboard, 25 x 36 cm 10 x 14 in This drawing is one of a series the artist made while sitting behind a cricket scoreboard. Although our attention is immediately drawn to the two seated figures, the artist is also fascinated by the shapes within the room - the intersecting lines of the walls, the repeated image of the doors, and the overhanging cupboards. By placing the figures at an angle, she intensifies our interest and heightens the sense of drama in the scene....