Thursday, November 29, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
- Use angles and curves.
- Keep your pen on the paper at all times.
- Go slowly at angles; speed up at curves and straight lines.
- Describe shadows within definite, contained shapes.
- Stop often, keeping your pen anchored, to compare and relate a new form to one you've already drawn.
- Leave your boundaries incomplete. Your pen should weave adjacent forms so separations can't always be found.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
The prompt this week is "scale". The word "scale" has many meanings, and I finally settled on illustrating the definition "a proportion between two sets of dimensions (as between those of a drawing and its original)." I drew a picture of a vase from life and then scanned the drawing. I printed scaled versions of the drawing, scaling up and down at 25% intervals. I then used a light box to transfer all 5 sizes of the drawing to the final illustration. I added a little shading for interest and deliberately left the scaling and scaffolding lines visible. B and 3B pencil on Strathmore 400 Series Drawing medium paper (9" x 12").
This turned into an experimental drawing exercise, which I really enjoyed. The perspective in the drawing doesn't make sense. For example, the ellipses should not all be the same shape, and the background vases should be less defined than the foreground vases. But this drawing is not intended to be realistic--I did what I found to be pleasing from a design perspective. Ignoring the rules of realistic drawing can be enjoyable and freeing.
Friday, November 9, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Who is man, the artist? He is the unspoiled core of everyman, before he is choked by schooling, training, conditioning until the artist-within shrivels up and is forgotten. Even in the artist who is professionally trained to be consciously "creative" this unspoiled core shrivels up in the rush toward a "personal style", in the heat of competition to be "in". And yet that core is never killed completely.
Happily, the book offers advice on how to re-connect to the core. The book views drawing as a form of meditation and a way to connect to all things.