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Article Six - Techniques to Help you "See"

Original article posted on Studio 602 - Drawing Lessons: Techniques to Help you “See” Every artist has felt the frustration of getting “stuck” trying to draw the shape of an object.  By abstracting the object, you can disengage the thinking (left side of the brain) and tune into what you are actually seeing (the visual or right side of the brain).  In this section, we are going to practice techniques that can help you “draw” what you “see” and notwhat you think you see. Contour Line   There are a variety of contour line techniques.  Use one or any combination of these to help you see. Blind Contour – draw the object without looking at your paper.Pure Contour – draw the very outline of the object, drawing nothing on the inside.Modified Contour – draw the outline and interior parts without shading.Variable Contour – Vary the width of the contour line to give emphasis and weight to the line.  This creates an “expressive line” and provides depth to the object.Cross Contour – …

Article Five - The Importance of Sketching

Drawing Lessons: The Importance of Sketching
Sketching is the fundamental building block for an artist.  It is used to develop a personal visual vocabulary.  Sketches are visual exercises in problem solving and provides the opportunity to: hone your observational skillsexercise and develop mark-making skillsencourage selectivityexperiment with new techniques and expressive possibilitiescreate compositions and various lighting effectsSometimes sketches are indecipherable to anyone but the artist, nothing more than scribbles.  Other times, they can become a finished artwork.  But most of the time, sketches are just snippets of thoughts or an impression of an idea.   For an artist, sketching is the most uninhibited and free-est form of the creative process.  Sketching is an art form in itself and gives insight into the artist’s soul.  While sketchbook journals are often shared, they can also be kept personal like a diary.

Creativity and IdeasIdeas are usually fragile and last just fleeting …

Article Four - Creating Textures

Repost from: Learn how to add texture to your drawings in this entry into Diane Wright’s drawing lessons series. Drawing Lessons: Creating Textures So what is texture?  We touch an object and can feel that it is smooth or rough, but how do we translate what we feel into what we see.  The type of surface and the amount of texture determines the amount of light that is reflected off the surface. Hard surfaces – A hard, smooth surface such as metal or glass is highly reflective.  This means that the light hits more of the surface and bounces off.  This creates sharp, crisp edges and stronger contrasts of light and dark values.Soft surfaces – A soft surface such as cloth or leaves absorb the light, creating smooth transitions between highlights and shadows.Rough surfaces – If the surface is rough, the light hits less of the surface or hits it in less or sporadic areas.  The reflected light is less, making softer variances in values.  But the deeper the dips or crevices, the roug…