Wow! this is an article I found and I loved it. It is from an Illustrator, Tracie Van Wagoner. In today’s world, we need to be shrewd and cautious. She hits all the points and concerns that I have read about over the years. Take a peek at her blog. I found it simple and informative. This helps us to create an open and honest agreement with our clients that helps both parties to enjoy the process. Thank you, Tracie, so much for your insight and experience for all us searching for answers.
In the last post, I focused on 4 areas to train your hands to follow your eyes.
- Cutting detail shapes with scissors.
- Tracing pictures accurately.
- Making models…etc.
- Taking time to examine things closely. [ I will post later ]
So one of the exercises to try every day is to look around, whether at home or at a park and pick a subject. Then focus your eyes on the exterior of the object and start a line drawing without looking at your page or lifting your pen or pencil off the page. Remember only draw the outer edges of the subject.
Now you will get this result at first. This is my hand. Even though it is sloppy did you notice that the crinkles, bumps, and wrinkles are being addressed! But the edges of the drawing went off the paper, so what, what matters is the fact that the eye is guided by the hand, developing hand-eye coordination. Once you start doing this for awhile you will become comfortable going slower and with more precision… so whether you are drawing your pile of dirty laundry or your sister sitting on the floor watching t.v. you will have a great time seeing the results. This exercise will help you with quick sketches as well. Remember to date and sign your work and 20 yrs later you will remember what you drew.
This new family was a dream to work with. Using natural lighting and using props, we were able to catch the moment. Using Lightroom and Photoshop to edit the photo makes it so easy. It is so nice to make sure that mom looks her best. and notice the neutral colours which help to keep the eye focused on the family instead of the clothes.
It is so nice to make sure that mum looks her best. Also, notice the neutral colours which help to keep the eye focused on the family instead of the clothes.
Baby in bundly
Mom and Baby kiss
Dad, Mom and Baby
Go to sleep baby
This is my Dad