We will explore:
Negative Space, Gesture, Drawing from the Inside Out, Light and Shadow (the lock in), and Structure, Speed and Dry Media. The workshop will end with a wet media demonstration.
Drawing from Cape May Zoo Safari Hunt
The presentation from our class is below in video format (no sound) and you can stop it anywhere you wish.
Post Course Resources
- Presentation on Negative Shapes and Positive Shapes and Pencil Scales
- Presentation on Line Types
- Light as it Applies to Geometric Forms and Natural Objects (Creative Commons Video)
- Basic Geometric Forms: Light and Shadow
- Drawing for Beginners Handout:
Exercises to Gain Speed!
Exercises to gain speed and dexterity:
Purchase a lined notebook and practice making lines and “0s” (circular shapes with a pencil). Put the lines close together and far apart. Then try it with a pen.
Value Patterns in Black
Set up a still life and light it from one side. Do a contour line drawing with a pen – make that commitment. Then divide it into light and shadow – white of the paper and dark black paint or even India Ink!.
Set up a still life and light it from one side. Draw your still life in pencil (no shading) and apply light and dark washes to the paper creating light and dark value patterns. GIve yourself 15 minutes, then do it again giving yourself 10 minutes then one last time at 5 minutes.
Create a set of thumbnail grids. Focus on overlap and how negative space plays into the drawing.
- On Facebook I have been posting hyperlapse demos in my Isolation sketchbook as sketching is very important to me even if from photographs.
- Hyperlapse Demo from Photograph: Three Figures Sitting on a Beach in Florida
- Hyperlapse Demo from Two Photographs: Two Figures From Two Photos in One Sketchbook Spread
- The Sketching and Drawing Bible by Marilyn Scott
- Conversations in Paint by Charles Dunn
- Simon Jennings: The Complete Artist’s Manual
In a nutshell:
“Drawing begins with small steps that compound themselves into more formalized drawings. Start small and you will be surprised how quickly a line and space become a defined form!”