Art Tips 3/28/15
- Do a more complete value study before starting the final.
- Make a plan. You can start something big and overwhelming knowing it will move step by step. It’s better to take a long time than to never start at all.
- Contour drawing: Touch the subject with the tip of your pencil. Move slowly. Find all the nooks and crannies.
- Contour moves around the outside of the form.
- Cross-contour moves across the surface of the form.
- Gesture captures the feel of the action and movement.
- Scribble gestures from referencereference.com. Draw on each pose for only seconds.
- Learn to draw reality to make the imaginary real.
- Review facts. Make sketches. Make studies. Draw final.
This week I began working on Nicolaides’ The Natural Way to Draw, which has been sitting on my bookshelf for well over ten years. It’s been sitting there because it’s not just a book about drawing, it’s actually a schedule of practice for like A YEAR. Like three hours a day for a year. That always turned me off; it’s not that I don’t appreciate and benefit from daily structured drawing practice, I just think 3 hours a day for a year is a bit… much.
But ignoring the whole book because of it isn’t helpful at all. I’m thinking that by working through it like a workbook will still be good for my skills, so I’m reading and then doing the suggested exercise, putting in more time on the ones I find most inspiring when I have the time. Like the scribble gestures from Reference!Reference! are quick and *awesome*. I’ll do some in pen next week to share (my pencil ones come out too light to scan.)
Anyway, it’s all about taking small bites out of something big. And taking time, with contour drawing and everything else.
(Didn’t I just talk about getting away from contour drawing??? LOL ART.)