Sunday, January 31, 2010
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Hopefully those pictures are helpful. The next point is that one needs to be a goodly distance from the paper or canvas, as the size increases. I've seen artists trying to draw on an 18x24 paper while having their nose 10 inches from the sheet. You can't do this. To draw on a full 18x24 one needs to stand at arms length from the sheet to have any sense of accuracy. My illustration above show different placements. The sheet can be low or high but your vision should be square with the center of the sheet. It is practical to draw on a pad in one's lap up to about 14 inches high and one can hold it up to ones chin if drawing about 6 inches high.
If working really large on a canvas of greater that 30 inches, one will need to keep backing up a step or two to judge the drawing. There is, in essence, a perfect angle of view that and artist can effectively work in.
Another point I want to make is this: "Keep ones head level!" You can not accurately draw anything if you bend your head this way and that. You must keep your head level to the "drawing plane" when observing and level to the paper when drawing. This may seem like a "no brainer" but I can't tell you the number of students I've watched twist their heads first one way then the next.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Art is basically a communication from one person to others. The communication will create a feeling in the viewer. Art consists of ways to communicate and includes : writing, dance, architecture, drama, painting, music, sculpture, film plus probably a bunch of things I've missed.
Fine art is separated by the other arts (film, drama, applied, etc...) by being judged only on aesthetics. It includes painting, sculpture and architecture. I personally see architecture as split between aesthetics and function, but that's another matter anyhow.
Painting and sculpture have as their most basic ingredient, drawing. By drawing, I don't mean pencil and paper but rather the term "line". Line in art is the way in which things are laid out in relationship. There is "line" in everything save for some of the minimalist's one color canvas'. The way things are laid out via line can be practiced with pencils and paper. It can be done in 3D as a "model" or smaller version, for sculptors.
"Drawing", that is drawing on paper, is the one traditional way to educate painters and sculptors to make art. Drawing includes: perspective drawing, proportion, and plasticity. Put another way: Getting the drawing realistic, getting the sizes correct, getting things to look like they have dimension or mass.
It is possible to be an artist today and study none of this. Modern art made that the way it was done in the middle of last century. Some abstract art has little necessary skills in drawing. Some abstract art has a lot of need for drawing, it depends on the work. Still, I think it important to have drawing skills in ones quiver to pull out when needed. I'd rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.
In summation, draftsmanship or drawing skills are the first building block to gain in the climb up art mountain. More next time.
Monday, September 28, 2009
The principle involved here is what's important for an artist to know and that is: "Graying is the act of reducing a hues chroma (intensity). This can be achieved with a touch of black and white or a mixed gray meaning, adding a bit of complimentary color and possibly a little white. or other light hue.
Some compliments like Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna (dark orange) will create a paint that is near to black. Isn't painting fun?....
This painting is currently available on eBay. Search "Cole Burton"or click here.