My Adventures In Art

Weekly Art Challenge: Crosshatching 1

A cross-hatched nose

The object of the exercise: Crosshatching is a skill I have tried but made little progress with. I wanted to make a concerted effort to rectify that. It seems to mostly be done with pen and ink. I like the idea of using pen and ink because it should stop me worrying about making mistakes. […]

Review of my adventures in art so far, the first few months

My first watercolour

I’m pleased with my progress. For my first 36 days I drew every day which got me from this: To this: So I think there was some improvement there. Then I decided I would benefit from a course. I did a 10 week course that was a basic introduction to drawing. I learned about the […]

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 […]