Saturday, December 18, 2010

How To shade with color pencil

Hey thanks everyone who has been reading and participating with the drawing! Have a merry Christmas!
I have included a video on how to shade with color pencil. Hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Layering with Darks

It has been a little while and I have been quite busy.....however I thought that I would share a quick lesson from one of my projects. There are some things that have been taught to me and there are other things that I have learned by doing. I personally learn the strongest by doing. I am a tactile learner. However, I also have learned the more I use all of the senses that I can the better i learn something.
In the Picture above you will notice that I have a basic skeleton drawn lightly on the page. You will also notice that I have already put some color down in a layering process. I usually go from light to dark. However in this case I have noticed that sometimes it is beneficial to add the darks right away.

For instance....notice the bottom side of the boat in the above picture. I have gone ahead and drawn the darkest lines possible where the shadows are. In the original picture there is a reflection of blue water on this side of the boat. As I observe the original picture I notice that the black slowly fades into indigo blue then marine blue, then true blue, then sky blue. Typically I would layer from light to dark. But, in this instance I thought of something: If one draws a darker color of the lighter the lighter colors value is zero. But, If I color the lighter color blue it creates a kind of a half shade on top of the black creating a slower movement through out the spectrum of the color blue. And since I am in need of a slow smooth transition this is perfect. This seems to work well with color pencil as it has a waxy translucent finish.
Give it a try with a shadow that you find somewhere. You might be surprised what happens!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Big One

Here we Go! I have undertaken the biggest art project ever! (For me) My Job is to draw from this reference photo below in color pencil on matte board size 48x29 in! But the craziest part is that the diminsions of the piece desired is quite wide, and I need to finish the sails.

So....I have almost finished with the new dimension on the computer, thus saving myself headaches later. I think that it is coming along great. I have had the hardest time trying to figure in all of the cables and sails and where they need to end up. I have had to use a bit of math, talent, and just plain instinct to feel my way throught the drawing. I hope to have this one done well before Christmas.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sunset Moth

Here is the finished look for those of you who have not seen. I was pleased with the final producted and I learned a ton! It just takes time, and time is precious. I am now going to tackle the hardest peice that I have ever done. I will keep you posted on this as I go.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Painting with Layers

I dare someone to pick up a paint brush and paint. I think that "Painting" is a dying art. Pun intended. I have been having great fun messing around with paints. This half way done butterfly is an acrylic piece that I have been working on that started out OK and has gotten better and better. I learned a few things and thought that I would mention them. The first: Painting is best described in layers. I have noticed that be the use of layers one can achieve a fairly realistic piece. The butterfly for example, is being painted in layers. This is fairly different than working with pencil in the sense that the pencil is done like a map of shades. In other words, I like to start my drawing in the upper left corner and work my way down to the lower left keeping my page free of unwanted smears(hopefully). However, with the painting, I can just start throwing color on the page. It is very intriguing to me. So not only do you want to draw what you see; one must see the layers to paint. This concept helped me to jump a minor hurdle. that I was struggling with. By the way, I do not yet know if this completely works with watercolor. I guess someone will just have to try it out. =) any way enjoy and notice the layers!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

How to draw a house

I think that the next lesson will be on drawing structures. Maybe take some time to take a picture of a common structure. Analyze the structure. Try to notice things that you would not normally notice. You can also implement the things that we have studied: one point, two point perspective.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Study on the Face

The human face is full of shapes and textures. There is so much to the drawing of a face! I think that this has so much to do with recognition of expression and aesthetics. The first thing I want to do is have you all do your best to draw a face of anyone you would like. We will then analyze in the next lesson how to draw the face. No cheating now! If you do not know who to draw, you can draw this baby face that I drew a while ago. Try not to research to deeply yet on the face....just draw one. I will not be mean; I promise. For some this may be a simple review. I understand. Have fun! =)


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