Introductions & Objectives• Yours: – What you’d like to learn? – What other artistic activities? Music, writing, acting, cooking, etc ?• Mine: – Get each of you to a “sweet spot” where you actually enjoy drawing – enough to keep doing it. – If you already enjoy drawing, to get you past your current “sticking point.”
Drawing Landscapes and Portraits Drawing by Jan Op de Beeck
Basics• Why we don’t draw.• How to improve.• Photography?• Sketching• Drawing an Interesting Picture• Painting “Basics are important, but not always fun. Scribbling can be fun, but is usually not art.” Rembrandt LaRocque. 1669.
My Approach• Finding the right balance between: – Small step drills and more challenging assignments, – Drawing the same thing together and coaching you drawing your own subjects.• Learning from: – Listening (to my blah, blah, blahs, and critiques) – Watching, (me and others draw) – Doing (your own drawing.) most beneficial• These slides are posted online. I’ll email URL.• Bring photos or objects you want to draw.• Reviews and previews.
Materials?• In this course – are immaterial.• Still, they are often a lot of fun – Catherine Battle’s course on drawing materials is terrific.• Pencil (graphite,) ink, charcoal are all fine. The bigger and blunter the better.• Paper, a sketch book or journal• Erasers are for when you change your mind.
Sketch this!• Making a loose, light drawing… – 3 skills: form shapes, angles and measurements.
Take a 600 Second Break• class restarts in 10 minutes… “Intermission” By Edward Hopper
Draw (some of) this!• Making a 2D (flat) drawing look 3D (with depth) – 3 tricks: Shading, Perspective and Detail.
Landscapes*: 5-Step Method• Idea! Find an interesting scene and objects.• Play! Imagine, organize and play around an composition foundation - assemble the parts you like (forget the rest)• Shapes! Sketch outlines.• Fill in the tonal areas.• Add details.* Works for still-life as well.