My Adventures In Art

Day 32: Barbells, woman looking to the side

Woman looking

I bought some proper arty paper home from my first drawing class. Time to draw on it rather than in my lined exercise book, which is for writing really, not drawing. But I’ve got used to the paper and I don’t like using this new stuff. It’s too grainy. Maybe it’s just a case of sticking […]

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, […]

Day 29: Copying Matisse, trying to emulate Morandi

Copying Matisse

What have I learned today? Getting things in proportion is a big part of the battle. Maybe the most important part. If you can get things in proportion you’ve virtually won, whatever style you are drawing with. With the woman  the hands are too small, and the head is too big. In the original, even […]

Day 28: A pan, a man, two doll faces

Drawing of man smoking

Had another go at the cross-hatched pan from yesterday. I was trying to make it less “busy”. I don’t think I succeeded. I turned the pan round so I didn’t have to contend with the spout which just looked wrong, but the picture looked just as busy, and just not right, or not as satisfying […]

Day 27: Copying and emulating

Cross-hatched cup

Another exercise from Keys to Drawing. In the book he discusses 7 artists different drawing styles, or their “handwriting”. He gets you to go over their lines in the air to get a feeling for how they are drawing. He says you shouldn’t be ashamed of copying artists to help you learn. You can’t really […]

Day 26: Puppy, woman, lamp, crocodile

Puppy dog

Today I continued to practice “restating” and “drawing blind”. I stayed with the pen rather than the pencil to resist rubbing out. I think I’m feeling more relaxed about restating. I deal with it by at first drawing very lightly with the pen until I am happy with the overall shape, then I press harder for […]