Lesson 2

Drawing is not a talent but is a skill – with good instruction and a willingness to practice, anyone can learn to draw” Brett Eviston

 Yes anyone can learn to draw! This course will help you to develop your skills in understanding how we see and then how to draw it. We will be focusing on Shapes, shading, perspective, reflection and lighting. We will learn how to set up a drawing station that is comfortable and review the tools we will use. We will apply what you have learned to create accurate drawings of landscapes, buildings and things. Also how to develop a portrait using scales to create proportional drawing, shading and texture. The expression “Practice makes perfect” does progressively improve your drawings. How can we do this?  One step at a time!

This was an interesting concept. When I was a small child, it was my mother that introduced me to drawing. She would sit at the table and doodle, a Bonhomme, in English “a man”. I would ask her to do it over and over again. Eventually, she recommended that I try, so I did. Of course, you need to do it over and over again to develop a basic skill.

Different people have different ways to go about this. There are particular skills that we may need to acquire over time. There are technical aspects of drawing. Such as measuring, perspective, shading, drawing, colouring and design. Drawing is an art form and a science.

You can develop your skills in Drawing. How? Practice! Practice! Practice.

As you have seen in the past I have bounced around and focused on different ways to help you know what and how to draw. For instance, look at your surroundings. Then what do you see? We see clouds! Take a good look at the geometric ratio of the clouds. In what way are they viewed from our human viewpoint? Well, the smaller the clouds, the farther the distance is. The larger the clouds, the closer we see them.

Yes, Skills are perfected with time. Each time you try something over a long period of time, you master that skill. Everyday people from all over the world master skills in all sorts of area’s. This involves creative ways to produce something amazing!

So…what will I introduce next?

Wait and see!

…hand eye co-ordination

In the last post, I focused on 4 areas to train your hands to follow your eyes.

  1. Cutting detail shapes with scissors.
  2. Tracing pictures accurately.
  3. Making models…etc.
  4. 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. blind-drawing-hand_bakEven 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.

Happy drawing