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The Fine Art Of Drawing

Drawing is a very complex subject and one that needs to be approached in a delicate fashion. So many people are afraid to even try to pick up a pencil. It appears that topics such as cross-hatching and hatching brings people out in goose bumps.

Why should that be?

It is a drawing technique which has been used by the old masters years before it’s time. It is just a method of using interlocking pencil lines to create darker and lighter areas within your picture. The technique is great fun to use and easy to master. There are many other fun techniques you can use to make a subject really stand out on the page. One such technique is smudging, which is created by using a very soft pencil such as a 6B. The pencil work is rubbed lightly with the finger until it creates a smudged area, then a putty rubber is used to add contrast to the picture. We must not forget plain shading which should never be overlooked. It is important to create shadow around your art work, but you must determine where the light is coming from first. If your subject matter is a still life of fruit, it is possible to determine were the light hits the fruit. Then you shade from the opposite side. This adds depth to your picture and directs the eyes to the subject matter.

We hear a lot about the use of cameras and computers in this day and age and it makes you wonder if there is still a place for drawing in our busy lives today. It is true that you can draw using a computer and can use a camera to produce stunning photographs.

Does this detract from real drawing?

In my mind there is always a place for pure pencil work on good quality paper. The computer can not compete with soft and gentle pencil lines. The detail of hard and soft strokes upon the page are left completely for artists.

This is also a opportunity to discuss what interests and inspires people about drawings from the past. If we look to the past we can almost touch and taste real drawing. There is a picture of cats by Leonardo da Vinci which I particularly like. It is a comprehensive study of cat postures. It shows his mind developing the concept of the form and structure of a common cat. This pencil picture could never be replaced. It is a master piece of pencil work which is made more appealing since the subject matter is unlikely to keep still. Drawing is being pushed to the limits in our life time but still it holds a mystery and mastery element. The joy of producing a clear fresh image of an object can feel exhilarating. The mastery of the basic pencil can make you feel a million dollars.

How to Create Gallery Mirror and Solid Wraps Canvas Prints

Once you have chosen the perfect image for your canvas print, you should also take the time to look at the options that are available for the wrapped part of your canvas. You may not initially think that this is a big deal, but it can certainly bring a whole new feeling to your cheap canvas prints, and can make them look even better than they already do. Here are a few options of what you can do to the wraps of your canvas prints, and how to make them.

The Gallery Wrap

The gallery wrap is essentially an extended edge of your image, that gets wrapped to the sides of the canvas. It sound simple enough when you just say it, but there are certainly a few things that you can do to make sure that you do this process successfully.

For a start, you need to make sure that you are using the same aspect ration that is already used for the remainder of your image. The wrap will usually be a thickness of two inches. Because it is a continuous part of your canvas print, you may need to crop a portion of it in order to ensure that the wrapped edges actually have an image to show. Once you have done that, you can also choose the wrap overlay colour and wrap overlay opacity and play around with those options if you would like for your canvas print to look a little more unique. It is important to mention that the gallery wrap is not the same as the mirror wrap, because the gallery version simply continues the image towards the sides.

The Mirror Wrap

The mirror wrap is different because it copies the edges of your image onto the sides as well. This gives your canvas print a very special appearance when it is approached from the side, rather than just having a simple frame or a black edge to cover it. It also serves as a nice introduction to what viewers can expect when they see your cheap canvas print from the front.

In order to achieve a great mirror wrap, it is best to choose an image which has neutral edges, so that they can seamlessly stretch towards the edges. Although you can also choose to go creative and to make your sides a lot more visually attractive with many colours and objects, most people choose the neutral option because it does not take away the attention from the central part of the image. This means that mirrored edges go best with nature and animal themes, which do not require a lot of precision for this type of canvas wrap.

The Solid Edge

If you don’t like the edges of your canvas prints online to have any of these additional options, you can choose to keep the image in the centre of the canvas, and to choose a different colour for the sides. Your cheap canvas prints will almost automatically come with this option, however, it is also a good idea to choose a colour that you like, and one that will fit best both with the canvas and with the style of the room where it will be displayed.

Taking a Figurative Drawing Class? Don’t Forget These Supplies!

Figurative drawing is perhaps the most graceful of all art forms. It involves the drawing of the human form, using different shapes and postures in order to best capture its beauty. It is one of the oldest ways of capturing people as they are, and has persisted through the ages.

Figure drawing can be expressed in the form of highly detailed drawings, ones that are anatomically correct, or those that are more expressive in nature. Inspiration for figure drawing can also come in many forms, with photographs and live models as a prime example.

Figurative drawing is, of course, one of the most difficult forms of art to master, which is why we have classes designed specifically to teach people how to do it.

If you plan on taking a figurative drawings class, you’re going to need some supplies. Just like any class at any school, you will need the right tools in order to complete your projects. While art classes do vary, some of these tools are quite common among teachers and students, and just might be required…

Tools to Draw With

First and foremost, you will probably need some tools to draw with. These can take the form of different materials, such as charcoals (vine, will and compressed charcoal are prime examples) and are often found in pencil form. Graphite sticks, which are made of the same materials as pencils, can also be used. If you are looking for something with a little color, dry pastels (otherwise known as drawing chalk) could be what you are looking for.

Brushes and Paints

You may also need a watercolor brush and some watercolor paints, which are great for filling in your drawings. Watercolor brushes are normally with a fine point, but they also can spread, which helps add width. Watercolor paints can come in different forms, such as in a solid cake on a palette that you can wet and dip your brush in, or through a tube.

Paper

While it seems like a no brainer that paper should be available in any normal classroom, there are actually many different types of paper that you need to think about before you go to your first figurative drawings class. Paper will vary depending on the size required, but normally you will find the paper in bound sketch or drawing notebooks. Sketch paper is usually thinner than drawing paper, and you will find in some instances is also less expensive.

Most Importantly…

Remember, it’s an art class, so be prepared and take it seriously, but most importantly, have fun! Enjoy it. Figurative drawing can be difficult to master, but most people find it highly rewarding.

4 Advantages of Canvas Prints

If you don’t know about canvas prints, then you are in for a visual treat. These are beautiful images on canvas. You can exhibit these in your living room, drawing room or bedroom. With an intention to reproduce the original oil painting or acrylic painting these look breathtaking. Photographs can be easily transferred onto the canvas using a specialized press. While you can do this as a DIY project, it is better to hand over this project to a professional for the best outcome.

Great option

Canvas is great option for an enhanced interior décor appearance, especially if you are on a budget and want a great look. It is a superior option to traditional frames and modern photo mounting in large frames. The canvas prints cost almost 50% less and, if you are on the email list of any of these companies, you can be certain of getting one or another discount coupon thereby getting an additional deal. The fact that these are less prone to damage and are less labour intensive makes them all the more popular and price competitive.

Advantages of canvas prints

These look beautiful and resemble an artistic painting. These have many advantages compared to traditional printing. Some of these advantages are:

1. Very durable: This is perhaps the most important advantage. Canvas is sturdy and lasts for generations without the print quality diminishing. Remember that the paintings in art galleries and museums have been around for hundreds of years and still look great.

2. Three dimensional painting: Traditional photos look flat in a frame, but with new technology canvas prints impart a three dimensional look. This is interesting, as both an amateur photographer and a professional photographer can take advantage of this and get beautiful prints from their ordinary photos. If you want to further enhance their look, you can complement them with an appropriate frame.

3. There is an artistic feel to the photo: This technique gives an artistic feeling to the photos. Many offices use this as a form of advertisement for their brands or services. An impressive print can make them look more marketable.

4. They are easy to frame: Traditional photos need to be framed with a lot of care. In contrast, canvases offer an easy way of framing photos; only an additional border is required around the image and then it can be framed as desired.

The list of advantages is endless. It is wonderful to see that millions of people have embraced this technique. This method of printing photos allows photographers to showcase their fine work. The fact that you get to see the same quality as you would get to see in any oil painting makes it an impressive option. Overall, these prints give a timeless feeling.

Drawing A Review of How to Begin and How to Get Better

Drawing can be viewed as putting lines, shapes, values, and textures on a surface. Learning to draw as a skill is like learning to write and most of us remember that struggle, although cursive is becoming an extinct skill in many schools today. There are numerous terms relating to the graphic process of drawing: doodling, sketching, scribbling, etc., but this article will focus on the act of drawing as a process to translate a three-dimensional object(s) or setting with tools that make marks. This process is basic to most every form of art and design. Look around you. Every manmade object began as a drawing on a surface. Sketched as an idea, then drawn more accurately to better relay the vision, then maybe onto a drafting table or computer aided design (CAD) process for further refinements.

But let’s talk about drawing not only as an art form, something unheard of not that many years ago, but as a way to see. As beautifully as Cezanne or Ingres or David could draw, during their lifetime, drawing was considered a preliminary foundation for a portrait, still-life, or landscape painting. Today, their drawings can stand on their own as beautiful works of art. Their process of analyzing form and translating it into shapes, lines, values, and textures on paper with pencils, charcoal, chalk, and ink—with amazing vision—leave us with remarkable works to view and study. Occasionally, their drawings turned out by today’s standards stronger works of art than the resulting paintings.

Drawing is a process and should be approached as such. I would recommend that you never set out to “make a drawing”. Use drawing to analyze what you see. Gain control of your medium (graphite, charcoal, etc.) and use large paper. Draw using large muscle control before trying to use fine motor skills. That will come. Don’t worry about detail. That will come. Putting accurate details in a drawing that has poor form, no understanding of spatial relationships or negative space, and little comprehension of composition, is like decorating a cake made from adobe. Observe your subject (let’s assume it’s a life class with a nude model) and begin to draw in circular or elliptical strokes, rapidly capturing the torso, hips, upper then lower legs, arms, head—moving your hand almost constantly from part to part. This is gesture drawing. Capture the position and relationship of basic shapes very quickly. You should have a loose pattern of “scribbly” circles and ellipses of the whole body in just a minute, no more. Gesture drawing forces you to focus on basic forms and their relationship to each other. This is the basis of understanding form and its position in space. In undergrad school our drawing professor had us fill 18″x24″ newsprint pads—both sides of the paper—and using 8-10 pads in a 12-week class. We used willow and vine charcoal for these exercises and we understood the human form in space. Do this and you will as well.

Then, apply this approach to landscape, animal, and still-life drawing. Even portraits. We have a tendency to want to draw a “picture” with accurate detail. If you work toward that goal and are willing to work diligently with this and other exercises, you will be able to make a “picture” that has meaning, that is truthful, that is accurate.

Draw. Draw as much and as often as you can. Approach it as a way to see and to understand. An excellent book with accompanying workbook is Betty Edward’s Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Read it to understand, then do the exercises. You’ll be able to draw (or draw better) in eight weeks or less. You can find it on Amazon, or better yet, at quality art supply stores where you can select from a vast array of drawing supplies, pads, and papers.

 

Create More Energy for Painting

Making a good painting is hard work, and requires a lot of energy from the artist. Managing your energy while you paint is important because the more energy you have for making the brush marks, the better the painting will be. As you become fatigued it’s easy for the quality of your painting and your joy in the experience to diminish.

The loss of energy is usually in the details of how you set up to paint. The energy loss with any one mistake is small, but if you have several small losses, they can really add up, and the longer your painting session lasts, the worse the losses become.

Here are some considerations for the next time you get ready to paint :

1. Are you physically comfortable in your work space?

2. Are all of your tools within easy reach? If not, then before you settle in to paint, collect them so that you don’t have to fetch them as you need them. Then you can stay in the flow of painting.

3. Are your brushes and palette on your handed side? (If you’re right-handed, the materials should be on that side, and on the left side if you are left-handed.) If you’re reaching across your body to reach your brushes or palette, then you’re using up valuable energy every time you reach, and it’s a needless loss.

4. Where is your reference material in relation to your painting? The closer it is, the easier it will be to focus on the area you’re working on.

5. If you are working from life, then make sure that your reference material is easy to see, with little distraction between it and your painting. Pay attention to how you move your body and arms as you look from reference to painting, and then try to minimize it as much as possible. Make sure that your movements are comfortable and small. Every bit of energy you save can go into creating the best painting.

6. If you’re working at an easel, adjust it to work for you, and not against you. Your painting should be almost vertical. If your easel is leaning too far back, then you are wasting energy reaching in to paint on your canvas. Always be sure that you’re reaching your arm out even with or a bit below your shoulder. If you’re reaching above your shoulder, you’re losing a lot of energy and your arm will tire much more quickly than if you are working with proper body mechanics.

Examine your work space carefully, whether it is a full blown studio space or the kitchen table. Great artists work in lots of different situations, but one thing they all have in common is an energy efficient work space, and energy efficient working habits.

Art, An Underrated Bliss

Art, An Underrated Bliss‘Art’ has had an active presence for thousands of years in our lives. Long ago, when the civilization had just begun, and we humans were trying still to figure this world out, communication was a very big challenge. There were still no languages, but the need to express was very dire. In a situation like this, man formed his own way of communicating, and that was through ‘Art.’ There have been many cave paintings whose existence has given the right reasons for our anthropologists to believe that of the many methods of communication that we humans adopted, the primitive form of communication was signs and paintings. Art is the instinctive form of communication for anybody who wishes to communicate nonverbally.

If there is somebody who recognizes art for its true worth, it is children. Children have an innate ability to appreciate and enjoy Art. Every child is an artist. Art enables a creator in every child. When a child is given a paint brush and an empty canvas, he knows that the world is at his behest. Anything can be created and it is all in his hands. The most pleasing sight would be to actually see the joy on their faces once they finish their work of art.

This ability to express so openly and try anything new makes art the best choice of a hobby for anybody. Children lack the conditioning of an adult, so they don’t really question everything with a why and a how. If you just make the endeavor interesting enough, every child will accept it without any prejudice.

Art is also not just an alternative way of expressing. Art enables various other skills in a child too. Through art, a child picks up on creativity, cognitive skills, emotional intelligence etc. Art is a training ground for a child to overcome a lot of fears, and learn to accept a lot of aspects of life. Once the child enters an art school, it is rest assured that the child’s personality would undergo a strong and individualistic transformation with high positivity. Complicated aspects in personality like decision making can be easily taught to the child with something as simple as what color scheme to use in his painting.

“The principles of true art are not to portray, but to evoke” was a famous quote by Jerzy Kosinski, and true to his words, Art contributes so much more to the mind than canvas. An artist in the process of learning the art also learns visualization, creative thinking, problem-solving, self-motivation, alternative forms of expressions, and analytical skills. Art schools have programs designed in a way to actually address various personality developmental aspects. One way or another, the positives of opting to experience art are plenty and each one is more effective than the other.

Turning Drawing Goals into a Reality

How many times have your good intentions to draw failed? You buy a new book and become inspired by someone else’s journey. You visit an art store and beguiled by the shiny pencils and inviting paper, load up your shopping basket and leave the shop with your wallet lighter and a spring in your step – only to find that life gets in the way and before you know it, a month or two has passed and you haven’t even opened your sketchbook. Goal setting can seem a bit left-brained but we all need a kick-start every so often and if it gets us drawing does it matter?

Here are five steps to turning your drawing goals into a reality.

Five Steps to Turning Your Drawing Goals into a Reality

  1. Make a list of drawing goals and write them down (writing them down means you are more likely to stick to them).
  2. Be realistic (there’s no point in setting yourself up to fail)
  3. Make a date in your diary – ideally in one month, no later than in three – to review and revise your goals. It’s okay to change and let go of goals but do consciously and deliberately, rather than just letting them fade away in embarrassment. It’s natural that what we want now might be different to what we want in three months time.
  4. Share your goals with a friend (they can be a non-drawing person!). A ‘goal buddy’ can support you in your endeavours (and you can support them in theirs). Be accountable to each other as well as giving each other moral support and encouragement.
  5. For every goal you set, make a plan now about how you are going to achieve it. Be as specific as you can break things down into small manageable steps and write them down.

And finally…
Give yourself permission to start again… if your drawing has fallen by the wayside, so what. The sky won’t fall in. If it’s something you really want to do, just do it. Start now.

Seize The Drawing Moment

  1. Carry a sketchbook with you at all times. Seize the drawing moment!
  2. Make a specific time each week for drawing (each day if you can) to draw. Keep this time sacrosanct and don’t let it be hijacked by chores, friends or family. Even 15 minutes will make a difference.
  3. Book a workshop or a class. Mixing with like-minded people can be really motivating. If you can’t do something regularly perhaps attend a one-day or residential workshop. Check out your local museums for classes – they often run drawing events for adults. Check their ‘What’s On’ and book early as they are often over-subscribed.
  4. If you are not near any museums, look online – there are some fantastic e-groups out there where like-minded people from all corners of the globe share their frustrations and triumph in drawing and creating.
  5. Don’t wait for the muse to strike – you’ll be waiting an awful long time. Draw regardless of whether you feel ‘in the mood’. Just start drawing and see what happens…
  6. Buy a box file or other storage container and collect images that inspire you… magazine cuttings, postcards, photographs, bits of fabric. Create an ‘ideas’ box you can draw on.
  7. Keep your drawing materials accessible and to hand so it won’t be a big performance to start drawing.
  8. Make an artist’s date with yourself once a month. This is a time for you to do something to nourish your inner artist – perhaps visit a gallery, go sketching, visit somewhere new, do something you wouldn’t normally do – whatever you want but do it by yourself and make it fun. Step outside your comfort zone. When we struggle, we learn, when we learn we grow.
  9. At the back of your sketchbook make a list of things to draw and each time you want to draw just pull off the first thing on the list. Here’s a start: draw a shoe; an egg beater; the first thing you pull out of the kitchen implements draw, your hand; your foot; objects on the mantlepiece; a pair of spectacles…

The Art of Paper Sculptor

Kids have been fond of flying kites and of creating paper planes. Simple and innocent – these paper planes can be very easy to make. A basic origami, a simple draft fold, or some cutting, bending, more appeal folding and shaping-these are all the elements of a draft sculptor. Just when you think it is just paper and folding, lo and behold, the next thing you will see is an impressive paper art.

This is the art of manipulation of form with the goal of forming a 3D image or structure. An artist can use various techniques-curving, folding, shaping, or cutting. If he has the skills in origami, this can also be used in letter sculpture. Other artists also use embossing and other methods. The most beautiful solicitation sculptures are those which are bold and neat as this art places high regard on accuracy of details. Another technique can also be incorporated, which is paper mache. This can be used for bigger projects, wherein a card is used instead of the ordinary paper. This is most especially helpful for projects as they grow bigger in size. Other tools, such as wire and wood, can also be used to support the card or letter when needed.

Why paper?

It is one of the most ordinary things in our daily lives, but creating something beautiful out of it is extraordinary. You may have seen hundreds of drawings in your lifetime, made your own sketches in your spare suit, but paper sculptor is exceptionally different because you create something out of just papers.

Basically, a draft sculptor is an artwork that is created by combining or shaping various types of form and it needs precision and skills. Paper sculptures are made of several pieces of paper unlike origami which only uses one. This art mainly focuses on the cardboard itself and other elements are just tools.

Styles, Tools and Materials for Paper Sculpture

There are various styles of papery sculpture. It can range from realistic models of buildings, to 3D scenes and abstract art exhibits. What is unique with paper is that is a versatile material that allows the artist to apply his own techniques and create his own style. One of the most needed skill is cutting and this will allow the artist to create styles that are complex.

Basically, the tools and materials that are needed in paper sculpture have no restrictions. The artist is free to use anything he can see, as long as he thinks that these materials can add more aesthetic appeal and quality to his craft. An artist does not need a big investment on materials. The only secret tool in paper sculpture is creativity. A creative mind will take you a long way.

The art of letter sculpture requires preciseness and patience. Every artist knows this-from ensuring his working area is clean, his hands are free of dirt, and the use of minimal glue-every paper sculpture project should be treated carefully.