fundamentals of art


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jeremyreid1  asked:

Any tips for beginning artist?

Hey there! @jeremyreid1​!

I recommend learning the fundamentals first–basic hand eye coordination, learning to break down forms into simpler 3D shapes, control for values -light/dark/midtones, perspective, and anatomy (if you want people). 

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Like everything else, the art of Drawing has its basics.

These are, simple, easy to implement things that you can do.

All you need to do is make these things subconscious or second nature by repeating them.

You can do it to music. You can be semi-distracted. The more focused is generally best though.

So here are the basics:

-Holding the tool

Hold it however you wish that minimizes stress on the joints, and allows for the greatest degree of comfort + accuracy

Training the arm :

Lines and shapes. Practicing confident flow, precise angles, and tuning into paths.


See – Shape – Relationships – Readability - Do + Redo Visualizing – inner eye development.

General aesthetics:

Cleanliness, organization, thoughtfulness, readability.

Volumetric, designed, Unity w/ variety.

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anonymous asked:

Heya, I love what you guys do helping people out, it's super lovely! I was wondering if you could also help me out as well. Do you have any recommendations on where to start for someone who wants to try doing art but has never drew anything a day in their life? Thanks for being a helpful group of people and have an awesome day!

Hi anon! I really appreciate the support.

Here’s a link a previous answer  with a lot of info that might help you, but I also linked a few more!

I hope this helps! Feel free to private message me for feedback on your work, or any follow up questions (please send an ask to my inbox those!)

Btw, I am one person, but since I am going to college, I could use a person to help find content maybe! 

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Well, you’ve noticed my eye, of course. There’s still a little piece of shrapnel that the doctors couldn’t get out. They said it was a miracle that it didn’t make it into my brain. It still aches sometimes, but I don’t mind; it helps me focus on what’s really important: the beauty of life, and the suffering. The fundamentals of my art.

anonymous asked:

Why are you so in love with science? (not meant in a bad way, I'm just curious)

I guess it’s because science just sort of makes sense to me, on a fundamental level.

The processes of science and scientific analysis are very in line with how I see the world and how I think. I’ve always been a very sort of analytic thinker. Like I was the kid who always had to know why and was always questioning everything and always tries to explain everything (to the point that I was, at time, a very obnoxious child). 

I like facts. I like seeing how things fit together. I like sorting through things and finding the bigger picture and then seeing how the individual details slot into it. 

It’s how I make sense of the world I guess. Trying to find an explanation for things I don’t understand. It’s why I was never good at being religious but am fascinated by the history of religion and how it creates and is created by society. 

And it goes beyond the purely natural and physical sciences. I feel similarly about the social sciences and history and anything that relies on critical analysis. 

On a fundamental level I want to know why. And science, at it’s core, is an attempt to answer that question. 

Title: The Haunting of Thomas Sanders (pt. 6)
Warnings: swearing, some death talk
A/N: me just…putting analogical where it doesn’t belong…i’m sorry lol no i’m not

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“Ohhhh Viiiiiirgil!” Thomas called as he lugged a bag inside. “I’ve got something for youuuu!”

“What?” Virgil asked as he appeared, startling Thomas slightly. “What’s that?”

Thomas smirked as he pulled the bookbag ‘round and plopped it down in a chair.  “Well, since you never got to finish school, I…may have gotten a few textbooks for fun-looking classes…” Thomas said.  He pulled the four books out one by one, starting with an art fundamentals book.  “I figured this would be kinda cool.  Get to learn about shading and…colors…I don’t much about art okay moving on.”  Virgil snickered and shook his head, slinking closer to see what else Thomas pulled out.

“World History…?” Virgil said with a sneer.

Thomas shrugged.  “Ya know, history can be fun.”  Virgil rolled his eyes; he was not a history buff in the slightest.  “Aren’t you guys kind of like a history lesson now, though?” Thomas asked, knowing what was going through the spirit’s head.

“I guess,” Virgil said with a shrug.  “What else d’you get?”

“Oh, I got two different science books!” Thomas said, pulling them both out together.  “Earth science and –“

“That’s…the same chemistry textbook I used?” Logan said suddenly.  Thomas jumped at the sudden voice and turned to face him.  Logan squinted at the book and nodded, reaching out to take the book. “Same edition and everything…” he mumbled as he flitted through the pages.

“Ah, cool!” Thomas exclaimed, turning back to face Virgil.  “Hey, Virge, maybe Logan can help – Virge?”

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I’m not an amazing artist, but some friends asked me on where to get started with drawing, so I made this “guide” based on my experience.

The 5 elements of a Karate lesson

Still fumbling with making up lesson plans? 


Originally posted by vgeta

Let me explain to you the 5 fundamentals of any martial arts class

  1. There needs to be a purpose
  2. Everyone needs to put work/effort in
  3. There is the necessity to learn something
  4. There needs to be fun
  5. Everyone needs to work respectfully with and towards each other

Now these things seem to be very basic. But you cannot make an intricate lesson plan if you can’t master the basic rules of a class.

Just like karate itself right?

Purpose of a class

There’s a reason that this one is listed first. You need to have a goal set so you can form your class accordingly. Not just that, but you also want to give your students a sense of purpose. That they are working towards a goal.

Ask yourself the following questions:

What is learning?

What does it mean for someone to learn something?

What is a lesson/class?

Think about it.

Originally posted by lessonsfromdisney

Thought about it?

What is learning?

To bring someone from the point of being completely ignorant, to knowledgeable.
To bring someone from the point of being unable, to able.

Which will influence one’s behaviour in a lasting manner. 

What does it mean for someone to learn something?

Learning a sport/hobby etc. is different from regular school. They chose to this themselves
It means that they find it fun. Or cool, useful, badass etc.

Learning a new skill is incredibly rewarding. You feel like you grow as a person when you have earned yourself a new skill.

What is lesson/class?

A class is a wholesome setting with boundaries which is created to achieve a certain goal/purpose. We can define a class as a collective set of learning situations, which are adapted to one another.

So now we know what a class consists off, you can determine your goal for a class. This could be to simply practice what you need to know for your exam but let’s take it one step further.

Originally posted by gameraboy

Everyone needs to put work/effort in

This means you too Sensei! You can’t just read the required techniques off the list, you need to put effort in! You can do this in various ways:

Instead of teaching a technique,  teach a principle.

Principles are a solid part of martial arts. They are the building stones to a technique. 

For instance, in a punch you have the term hikite. Sounds fancy? Maybe, but it’s the retracting arm when you punch. Suddenly it almost sounds boring. But it’s present in many many techniques! Examine the techniques you wanted to teach, establish which one require hikite the most and if there are a few on the list, think up an exercise to stimulate hikite (for instance, a special game of tag).

Training principles will help all the techniques involved.

Besides your way of teaching, think about the fact that this is sports/exercise. People come in for a good time and the feeling that they did something useful with their time after class is done. Keep them busy. There is nothing more boring than waiting. And most students aren’t thát self-disciplined that they just keep training on their own
Also, if they’re not training, there will be chatting or fighting.

Originally posted by kasugano

Get the class warmed-up. Do not break them, do not underwhelm them, a good warm-up (absolute maximum with adults I’d say is tops 30 minutes). After that, get to work right away. If you would like to do some stretching that’s fine, at the end of class.

There is the necessity to learn something

A clear goal like:

  • Improve the use of hikite
  • Make sure that with every kick the knee is properly raised
  • Make sure that one works from a low centre of gravity 

These set a purpose, but you have adapt these goals accordingly to your students. If you are like me and have a varied class of levels from white to black belts, you need to be able to analyse and see the different steps one has to take to get to the top. 

If you can find the right goal for each level, you will give them a goal that they will feel like it is obtainable. No one would bother to climb if you can never get to the top.

There needs to be fun

Some people are dead serious about their training (*cough* me), but there should always be room for a little laugh, granted your martial art allows it.
Especially with children’s classes.

Create the fun by following things:

  • Do a fun warm-up.
    This is your entrance to the class. Energize people. Kids with a (karate-infused) game, adults with maybe some bagwork or teamwork.
    NOTE: I barely- if ever do ball games with children. It’s distractive.
  • Do not endlessly practice the same thing.
    With kids, one subject = absolute max. 20 minutes
    Adults, depending on the level = max. 40 minutes.
    NOTE: does not apply to serious students like me. We can do the same thing for 1,5 hours.
  • Allow different personalities to exist.
    Sounds weird? Look in a group, there are always people who react different to each other. Shy, show-off, serious, prankster, etc.
    People have to have the feeling they can be themselves, no matter how different they are.

Originally posted by zamasu

Everyone needs to work respectfully with and towards each other

Now this last point ties in with the previous one. Fun is awesome, so is harsh training, but there is no class or martial arts without respect/courtesy

Karate-do begins and ends with bowing:


Hitotsu, karate-do wa rei ni hajimari rei ni owaru koto o wasuruna.

You, as a teacher have to be a guardian of that state of mind. Always intervene when things are done without respect.

You are the guardian of your class, your purpose,your fun and the respect!

thetaxiservice  asked:

How would you recommend starting to learn the fundamentals? What things should I tackle first?

Hi @thetaxiservice

I would start by learning how to refine your hand-eye coordination with shape and line drills. Doing this seems silly and unnecessary, but smooth, confident lines and the ability to control your shading & values goes a long way for good looking drawings/art. 

  • do blind contour drawings, still life drawing, drawing a picture that’s turned upside down. These exercises help you draw what you see. 
  • draw tons of circles, ellipses, boxes, cylinders, lines with speed (this way you don’t get hung up over any single one) until you can draw them smoothly and accurately. (Recommended by, which I link & discuss more in-depth later!) 

Next, I would go research value, which is an essential topic for most subjects. It’s definitely what I would focus on before venturing onto color. Colors are awesome, but having good values is important in order to make your colors look right, as they are interconnected in many ways. After understanding values, then go to color theory! 

Then things branch out from here a bit.

 I would say perspective is highly important!

Composition is also very important for any art form. 

Anatomy is also huge, if you’re drawing anything living. 

Also check out; this is an amazing & free course that I stumbled upon on reddit that I highly recommend going through. I definitely find the tips useful! 

I may edit this in the future, but I hope this is clear & long enough to get you started! Best of luck! Please keep me updated on your progress <3 I welcome any future questions you have!  

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