Probably you have ideas on what you want to draw but might like some more guidance to get you moving in the right direction.
Think for a minute of all the different things you would like to record on paper. You can learn all the skills required.
If you study drawing lessons and practice faithfully, you soon be putting on paper the pictures you have dreamed of.
I will be continuing step by easy step art lessons though this blog and I will eventually have art E Books available.
In the mean time I add a few books by other authors, as suggestions to help you get started. You can order this drawing book, A Foundation Course in Drawing, Techniques and Skills', by clicking on the image below.
See how the large shapes were first lightly blocked in, then the contours were sketched, and last lines were straightened and accentuated.
The straight construction lines help a lot when you are drawing the symmetrical object model whose two sides are alike; such as straight lines help you draw the ovals properly.
”Is a top larger than the bottom, or not?”
“Are the sides straight and parallel, or are they slanted?”
“Do the top and bottom lines slant or are they horizontal?”
“Do I see a true circle, or an oval?”
Be sure you really know the shape of the model before you draw a line on your paper. Look carefully, be sure of what you see, then draw it. These are the fundamental steps in making a good drawing.
The straight lines help you draw the shapes that you seem more easily will stop block them in likely.
The final touch darkened some of the contrast lines for interesting accents.
Revision of a previous lesson
Artist's Way of holding the pencil.
Do not grip the pencil tightly like you do when writing.
Also hold the pencil several inches away from the point.
Pencil should be able to be pulled out of your hand easily.
Revision of a previous lesson
Place your drawing board in position (see previous drawing lessons) and you are ready to begin.
Do the warm-up, exercises on this page to get the feel of the pencil. Use firm, sweeping pencil movements for these lines and strokes.
First your lines may not look much like the examples shown here. But with a little practice, you will soon be able to draw them with reasonable success. Don't tighten up __ don't draw each line slowly and tedious __ don't use short, timid strokes. Make your pencil glide across the paper.
1/long, smooth, strokes. Draw each line with one sweep of the pencil. Try pencil position B or D.
2/Swing the pencil, in the circles. Use pencil position, B or E. for many circles, fill pages of practice paper. Soon yours will be smooth and round.
3/horizontal and vertical lines __ line them up with the edges of the drawing paper.
4/finally some slanting, lines.
5/and looping curves.
Strokes and Shapes.
Now put some of these lines together.
1/horizontal and vertical picture frame
2/circles large and small with some lines accented, (darkened) with a 3B pencil.
3/lines with verticals make a box ... a house. Sketch very lightly until you get the right slant then darken the line.
4/Draw round circles... you can do this easily now.
5/Next __ swing an oval.
Then a thinner oval __ still thinner___very thin indeed.
To draw a flower pot.
1/"vertical and two horizontal lines. Add slanting lines. Swing oval in top and bottom. Accent with the darker pencil. Draw a daisy, without lifting the pencil.
Begin to work using a still life model.
Each of these outline drawings was done directly from a model. Notice how the lightly sketched, construction lines were used.
Would you love a three to four month working holiday in Asia, as an artist in residence?
Arts Residency Application Information for 2011 Each year the Asialink Residency program sends 40 Australian writers, performers, artists and arts managers to live and work throughout Asia. Since its inception in 1991 the program has sent more than 550 people to hosts in 19 countries.The grant of up to $12,000 goes towards travel, living and project expenses, and affords recipients the opportunity for in-depth research, stimulating cultural exchanges, international collaboration and uninterrupted time for creativity.
Applications for 2011 residencies are now open, and close on 10 September 2010.
Arts Residency Application Information.
Copyright Agency Ltd (CAL) will be hosting a series of information sessions on the Australian visual artists' resale royalty scheme during July, August and September. Artists who attend these seminars will be able to find out what the scheme means for them and what they need to do to participate.
There will be one session for artists and another for ‘art market professionals’ art dealers, galleries, auction houses and Indigenous art centers. Sessions will be held in all the Australian capital cities, as well as Darwin, Cairns and Alice Springs.
This post is illustrated with images of the copyright fridge magnets from the art of artist and author, Kathy Shell.
The title of my novel will remain a secret until I am ready to publish so I will simply call my first novel, “Secret”, to give it a name, to talk about it here..
Tonight I have spent 4.5 hours in preparation time on my novel, “Secret”..
I have not written a word of my novel, I do not intend to write the novel until November,
Tonight I completed the time management planning to write the novel and allocated other aspects of my life into a secondary position in my life to give the novel, a primary focus
The division of Time I have allocated to each stage.
I have generously allowed myself 21 hours a week to work on the novel.
1/ Preparation and research - 3 months, Begun.
2/ 1 month to write, the novel, in November.
3/ 5 months to get it properly, edited and re written to a finished stage.
Total of 9 months, lol, ‘that would be right, that is how long it takes to produce a child’.
Time Management Plan to Gain a 21 Hour Novel writing working week.
1/I have allocated 3 hours x 7 days a week to my novel writing project, giving me a 21 hour novel writing week. This should be more than adequate to do a good job. 2/ I will continue to blog and I will do EBooks and art prints for sale from my blogs also free form link work and advertising as I will need to save my money in case I self publish a book
3/ I will discontinue my gym and focus on ¾ of an hour of cardio exercise and ¾ of an hour of strength training exercises on alternate days, from ‘home’ as this will save me time. I will not be active in the 12wbt forums as I need to find additional time I have to cut back on some actions. Similarly, I may move entirely into my Kathy Shell page on facebook to chat, my site I publish my blogs to, purely due to needing to find this extra 3 hours a day.
4/ As my time for exercising will be reduced I will need to be more focused on eating clean.
5/ I will be packing my paints away, for some time. A novel will be my major work of art for the year, I have achieved painting I am ready for new achievements.
6/I may learn how to download audio books to an IPod or get a portable CD player to listen to audio books while exercising fulfilling some additional exercise benefit and learning more about the craft of novel writing by listening to the work of good authors.
7/ After an initial stop start attempt to begin the novel preparation work, earlier in the night I realized that this work will have to happen after reg retires for the night.
8/I discovered as I researched my novel, I found great ideas for blogs so I actually deviated and did some blog topics while they were flowing off my fingers into print easily, that 'works for me', in the same way as sharing how I write this novel, can be a useful blog topic for those interested.
Happy with the time management plan above and placing it into action immediately, I am ready to write the
I am ready to begin to write the rough plot chart for the novel, plan where it will start and how it will end and prepare my character descriptions.
Today I began more advance planning and preparation to make extensive notes for the novel I want to write in November. Tonight I am striving to work out how I can fit this in with the bread and butter writing I do each day.
I have decided the time frame for the novel, this is a big step considering the huge time frame of ideas in my mind, Simplifying to a 10 year time frame and a child as my main character, out of a potential 100 year several generations of stories I want to tell, gives me a realistic starting point.
I have so many great stories that were told, to me by my mum as well as those stories I accumulate through my Australian travels that I could use in novels. Too wide a time frame for just one, so learning to simplify and focus on a period of time, is a step forward in my novel planning.
My mum’s mother, (I never met her, so this is what I always called her), ran a mixed business, a combination milk bar and smoke shop and apparently, there were laws that the milk bar section could stay open any hours but the smokes were not allowed, to be sold, after 10pm at night. They would send inspectors around late at night trying to catch milk bars selling smokes after hours and they would fine them.
My mum was born in 1910 this was during the mid 1920’s. Late at night cigarette sales was apparently the main business for milk bars in the mid 1920's. Late one night a stranger called at my grandmother’s shop and asked to be served smokes.
He was asked, to wait awhile; grandma said she was busy with the children. She popped back and forth from the back room to the shop, chatting to this man each time she reappeared in the shop, kept him there, talking for a good 20 minutes.
Then she went and got his smokes, and served him. He pulled out his badge and showed he was a after hours smoke sales, inspector. Grand mum, pointed to the clock on the wall. It was 2 minutes after midnight and there were no laws about how early in the day smokes could be sold.