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!

Perspective in the sky.

Today we’re going to talk about landscaping drawings or paintings. You might have noticed sometimes when you look at a painting something doesn’t look right. Well one of the key elements in a good landscape painting is to make sure that your clouds are drawn in perspective.

So if you look at a cloudy sky, you will see that the clouds that are up above you or closer to you are actually larger than the ones closer to the horizon or near the mountain. This is the same principle of the road’s view when you
Drive down the road. you will see that edge of the road will  start to merge together, as you look ahead of you they come to a point. that point is called your focal point which create your prospective view. The point is always drawn at eye level or on the horizon. Then you would draw from the Point. Depending on whether you are standing to the right or the left of the road, this would determine where you would put your lines that diverge from your focal point to create your prospective view of the clouds in your drawing. Let me know how that works. I will post a drawing later