Sunday, February 2, 2014


P.Guhin, art blog
Note how the shading adds depth to the leaf.
·        White drawing paper
·        Ballpoint pen or fine-line marker
·        A real leaf

·        Copy of the image below (or make your own)
·        Pencil and/or other drawing tools
            Have you ever gazed at clouds and imagined you could see the shapes of animals, people or more? We can get ideas for creating art from inkblots, too.
What to do:
  1. Study the blob-shape below and see what images come to mind.
  2. Turn the paper in different directions and discover the hidden figures, faces, animals, and objects you can draw there.
  3. Add details to the many pictures you find
Questions to Ask Yourself:
            Did you find a variety of things to draw? Variety is a principle of art that means “different, not all the same.” Did you fill all of the space well?
beginner, art, drawing
How many hidden images can you find here?

·        White drawing paper
·        Pen or fine-line marker
·        A shoe or pair of shoes

What to do:
1.      Shoes make a great subject for contour drawings. Place your shoe (or a pair of them) on the desk or table. Look very closely at the shoe, following all the edges with your eyes.
2.      With a pen or a fine-tipped black marker on a large sheet of paper, draw all the edges you see. No pencil allowed! Look back and forth many times between your paper and the shoe.
3.      Be sure to add the details—all the openings, seams, and designs. Remember to draw only lines! Since the shoe is not flat, your drawing should not be a strictly side view.      
Questions to Ask Yourself:
            Is your drawing complete? Did you include details such as laces, buckles, straps, stitching? If the proportions (relationship of the parts to one another) aren't quite right, try again on another sheet of paper.
·        White drawing paper
·        Pencil or other drawing tool
·        A “screen” such as a large book

            Blind contour drawings are practice sketches that are called "blind" because you can't look at your drawing until you're done! Contours are single lines that define forms. Blind contour drawings help train your eyes to see edges as you draw. They may look strange, but they'll help you become a better artist.
What to do:
  1. Choose an interesting subject.  Objects with lots of edges, folds, or other details are best for this exercise. Is there a person in the room who can pose for you?
  2. Set up a “screen” (a large book works well) in front of a large sheet of paper.
  3. Place your pen or pencil on your paper. You can look to make certain your starting point gives you enough room so you don't draw off the edge of the paper.
  4. Study the person or thing and draw very slowly. Don't look at your drawing! You are training your eyes to see and your hand to record every detail correctly. Don't lift your pencil or pen—just drag it around the paper when you need to draw a different shape.
For Your Understanding:
            Your finished drawing probably appears quite weird to you, but try several more blind contour drawings of the same object. It's good practice!

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