Advise to Art students

If you think I’m going to write a long article like I have been doing, you are wrong. Although some might read my articles, not many do so I’ll keep it short and sweet, just like a candy bar.

We will be going over what was taught in class and what wasn’t taught in class. We spent a lot of time on the viewfinder / tonal checker which I hope you still have and if you still have are going to use it sometime in the future. The class was divided into 3 sections. The first 2 hours was for 5th Session: 1st class. The next hour was intended to cover the two missed classes: 4th Session, 3rd class, and 4th class. Basically, it was quite daunting and challenging to fit 6 hours into 3 hours while the students were having a hard enough time with their exams. Anyways let’s see if I can write it under 800 words, so far 156 words. Please don’t count.

Session 5: Class 1 – The Illusion of Depth

Depth is something we are taught as little kids. The most basic form of it is to draw a road that leads into the distance with a cube or two next to the road signifying a building. If that is your best idea of how to create depth please read and remember what we did in class.

Overlapping shapes – When you overlap two shapes, one shape in the front and the other in the back
Diminishing sizes – When the shapes get smaller the further away they go
Converging lines – Any lines that either meet or are about to meet
Softening edges and contrast – Things in the far distant will become blurry and less dark

You should really do the projects in your book or at least practice them with something similar. Coming to class is good but it’s not enough time at all! 2 hours in a week is what you should be doing every day, so like 14 hours of practice in a week. If you ever wonder why your work is not getting better its because you are not applying the knowledge that is given to you both by the Teacher and by the book. Listening and reading can only get you so far. The much more important task is for you to pick up a pencil and start drawing!

Drawing Through

A technique used to create volume and substance in your work. It means that you draw as though your object is see through and can see everything. If you want to draw your shapes with more weight try drawing through. Start with simple form shapes until you are really good at it. Practice for maybe an hour just drawing the shapes of what’s in your mind, draw shapes from examples on the internet. draw shapes from the simple things you see like a box or a cup. Just draw! Animators use it when drawing their character or when pro artists draw portraits or buildings they draw through, it’s something so common and useful you should be using it in almost every drawing. Remember to draw lightly so your lines won’t show up after you construct your contours and details.

Rules of perspective

Remember when I said that you are taught this as a little kid? They taught you first perspective drawings. We learned about the second perspective during class. A perspective is where you eye sight vanishes or is affixed on. When you are looking and see far in the distance with both eyes, it’s most likely first perspective. When you can see an object vanish two ways, like a corner or in a room. This is 2nd perspective. When you look up at the building and see the sky, this is known as 3rd perspective. We didn’t go too much into that but it’s pretty interesting to draw. Before I forget, the horizon line is the same thing as your eye level.  Where ever your eyes are in line with will determine the horizon line, unless you are in space where this is no horizon anymore.

Please complete the projects A, B, D, and E (Chapter 5) in your book.

Tonal checking

After constructing your subject, the next most important thing as an artist is to place the general values or tones in your drawing. We made two value checkers so if you are copying from an image you can compare one block with another. This is especially helpful if you are working with a black and white photo and want to change it into color. As long as you match the tones with the same value of color it will look good. It is a good practice to train your eye to match the values. Sometimes our eyes can’t tell the value when it’s beside another value. For example, a white next to black might make it look a bit gray or the value of skin might seem black but it’s not totally black. Use your checkers to check the correct values before assuming.

Merging shadows

Another point I would like to practice is merging shadows. When your subject has a value close to another part of your drawing you should merge the two shapes together. Same thing goes if the value of your subject is white and the other part is white, you can merge them. Any value can have this rule applied to it. As artists, you have the ability to create something that a camera cannot. Use your drawing abilities to create something that doesn’t exist.

Please complete the projects F (chapter 4) in your book.

Please read Chapter 5 and highlight the important parts.

If your work improves, it is because you put the effort. If your work is the same its because you were too busy to put the time to improve yourself. If you want to become better it’s not going to be easy. You will need to work hard and practice anytime you have. You don’t need to create stunning work or have a sketchbook full of breathtaking illustrations. If you come across a video or artist that does, you don’t see all the other countless sketchbooks with drawings like you have. Art is not something you are born with, it is a skill that can be learned and taught. I hope that you take this time to take it as seriously as you want to improve to see the results you and your parents are hoping for. I can only share knowledge with you, the rest is taking the knowledge into practice.

Look what you made me do, I’m at almost 1100 words. Please do your work!!!!!!!


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