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Xcuse Me!

3 Feb

Some nice pixel art with PaintBrush 2.

Xcuse Me!

That is all.


Think practical when drawing

3 Feb

Think practical was the task I had set for myself. I was going to look mostly at the subject and only sometimes at my drawing. My subject wasn’t easy, a photo of Albert Einstein I found on the Internet.

The first sketch took 30 minutes and was from a distance of 3 m of my computer screen (20 inch widescreen). The proportion are just wrong, although you can still see it is a human that is depicted.

Einstein Sketch 1

My guess was that I didn’t have the volumes right, and should first sketch a rough, to get acquainted with the volumes. Next, I would take a break to clear my mind.

Einstein Sketch 2

Then it dawned upon me that perhaps I should sit closer to the computer screen, so I’d have a more immersive experience. And indeed, as you can see from the next drawing, sitting closer is a key ingredient when your subject is on a computer screen.

Einstein Sketch 3

I guess I now need to clear my mind even more, by not drawing for a few hours, and then try again.

I need a bigger monitor.

That is all.

Procrastination be gone!

3 Feb

I’m noticing that I’m putting off the drawing exercises from the book “Keys to Drawing” by Bert Dodson, which isn’t good if I want to become a draftsman. So I decided to write the key points of chapter 1 (well, the first part of chapter 1, up to exercise 1-D) on a piece of drawing paper. I hope that this will help me to get started.

Here it goes:

Keys to Drawing Chapter 1 Part 1A

Keys to Drawing 1 The Drawing Process
* think practical, look mostly at your subject
* look, hold, draw -> essential basic skill
* drawing blind -> ideal for first stages of drawing
—-> Project 1 – A – Feet (drawing from observation)

Keys to Drawing Chapter 1 Part 1B

* Seeing vs. Knowing – a conflict -> drawing what you see goes above all
* Squinting makes details go away, large shapes remain
* What is it? -> Draw from unconventional angles to “unlearn” what you know about the world, and simply draw what you see
—-> Project 1 – B – Hand (extreme perspective)

Keys to Drawing Chapter 1 Part 1C

* Seeing vs. Knowing – mental images Shapes and contours kept in memory are less detailed than reality. That’s why drawing from life is so dramatically different than drawing from memory (or imagination)
—-> Project 1 – C – Pepper (drawing from memory vs. drawing from life)

Keys to Drawing Chapter 1 Part 1D

* Individualization Shift from language of things to language of lines * An exercise in Individualization
—-> Project 1 – D – Eyes (individual shapes)

The idea is that I go through the points, and look for a subject to draw that somehow fits the point. I know this is going to take a lot of time. However, I’m afraid if I don’t do it in this more structured manner, I won’t do it all.

Procrastination is so tempting, so much easier than actually doing it.

That is all.