My Adventures In Art

Category: Theory

What’s the point of art?

Pieter Bruegel the Elder - Hunters in the Snow

What’s the point of art? What’s the point of painting and drawing? I ask the question because having adventures in art is my new hobby and I’m wondering if it is worthwhile. 1) What’s the point of art?: Consuming art. The fist thing that pops into my mind is: pleasure, enjoyment People like looking at pictures […]

Day 36: Different ways of making marks

Pointillism broccoli

Another classroom lesson. A drawing is made up of marks on paper. There are different ways of making marks. The following exercise was to draw the same shapes but using different types of marks. In the example below (clockwise from top left) I’ve used shading, crosshatching, dashes and points. All self explanatory. The shading example […]

Day 35: Two point perspective

Two point perspective detail

After one point perspective comes “two point perspective”. Instead of having one vanishing point in the drawing like we did in Day 34 this time we have two. And rather than the vanishing points being in the drawing area this time they are at either side of the paper, just outside the image. We can then […]

Day 34: Single point perspective

First perspective drawing

For the first lesson in perspective we drew a window at the end of a tiled alcove. We started with a “vanishing point”. You can see it in the drawing as a dot. We then drew a horizontal line at this point the “eye level” or “horizon line”. Next we drew a grid starting from […]

Day 33: Second formal lesson: Outlines

Abstract landscape detail

Back in the classroom. The first exercise was to warm us up and have some fun with pencil and paper. Out tutor gave us some paper and told us to tape off about a third, length ways, and to start copying the pencil stroke he was doing, which was a random up and down movement.  (The […]

Day 30, 31: My first drawing class

Trying out pencil shading

My first drawing class. We mostly tried out different pencils. But first… Drawing Boards We were told to draw on a drawing board. The reason is: if you draw on a drawing board your direction of view is at right angles to the drawing plain. If it’s on the table in front of you it’s at an angle, […]