Why is it every book I look at that covers drawing has to spend a huge chunk of the book covering different tools and materials? When you pick up a book on drawing basics or drawing for beginners they all start by covering all the different media. I want to learn to sketch, I'll use … Continue reading I really don’t care about learning different media!
How do you throw all the plans and goals out the window, you move two times in four months, and in the process box up all your drawing and art supplies! There is nothing like having the urge to draw something but not be able to find your sketchbook! We moved from our house, where I … Continue reading How do you throw all your plans out the window?
As most people do at the end of the year, I was looking back at 2017 and making plans for 2018. Where do I want my sketching to go in 2018. My main goal. I’ve gotten rather lazy lately, so my main goal for 2018 is to increase the amount of sketching I do, doing … Continue reading Goals for 2018
Using your sketchbook #4 Use your sketchbook to concentrate and become skilled with the basics of sketching. What do I mean when I say the “basics”? I mean looking at the principles and elements of sketching, items such as line, shading, composition, proportion, shape or perspective, to name a few. When we are learning to … Continue reading Using your sketchbook to improve the basics.
Using your sketchbook #3. Artist often use gesture drawings to loosen up before starting their work, and they are great for that, but can you learn from them? What can you learn from blind contour sketches and why should you fill a sketchbook with them? What can you learn from gesture drawings? You can learn: … Continue reading Why keep a Gesture and/or blind contour drawings sketchbook?
Using your sketchbook #2 First let me give you my definition of a doodle and a sketch. A doodle is a very quick sketch you do while your attention is on something else. It can be of anything, but it is not done precisely and without too much accuracy. We’re not talking about Zentangles here, … Continue reading What is a Doodle sketchbook?
Using your sketchbook #1 There are a number of reasons that any artist or sketcher should use and keep a sketchbook. I really only have sketchbooks, I haven’t wanted to convert over to digital and I don’t work on loose paper, so my only real option is to use a sketchbook. But if you do … Continue reading Why Keep A Sketchbook?
I've watched lessons one and two in the Perspective for Sketchers (class I'm taking and I've already learned a lot! Stephanie Bower's explains how to find the proportions of a building using your pencil. I've read where others have told you to do this, but this is the first class I've ever taken that explained how … Continue reading Perspective for Sketchers Lesson 1 and 2.
I decided to start sketching again! As a child and all through middle and high school I took art. To get back into drawing I decided to sign up for some online classes. The first is The Secrets To Drawing from thevirtualinstructor.com (I actually ended up paying for a year's subscription). I also signed up … Continue reading Jumping back into sketching.