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We will begin by touching on various aspects of drawing: seeing with the artist’s eye, values, creativity, abstraction, armchair research and where to go from there. The goal is to encourage your artistic abilities. It will be a journey of discovery.

It is time for me to pass on what I have learned from my years as a lifelong painter and illustrator, because I have had a wonderful life doing what I love to do.

I have traveled the circuit as an artist, from traditional through impressionistic, from exploration of imaginative cosmic space to atmospheric-nautical with ink, paint, and pastel. In my late years I now use the computer as my art tool. I wrote, illustrated, and published my first book “Keeping Ahead of Winter” after I was eighty-years-old.

I taught oil painting at the San Mateo County Arts Council and taught drawing in my studio at the Twin Pines Art Center, in Belmont CA., now called 1870 Art Center. My work is in the permanent collection of the Peninsula Museum of Art.

Leonardo Da Vinci wrote, “The feeling is what guides you to reach out for the knowledge.”

You will need:
· A medium size drawing pad (if you are just starting to draw, buy a newsprint paper pad -- it is cheaper and you will be more relaxed)
· Number 2B, 4B and 6B drawing pencils
· A pocket knife
· Ruler
· Kneaded art eraser
· Charcoal or conte crayon optional
· An Emory board or a small piece of sandpaper stapled to a piece of wood to shape the point of your pencil
· A drawing board, or use plywood or Masonite
. Masking tape to hold your paper on the board
· Fixative to protect the drawing from smearing (hair spray will do the trick)

Art materials can be bought at your local art store or online at: Dick Blick http://www.dickblick.com/ or Daniel Smith http://www.danielsmith.com/

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Lesson #5

It is important to understand the structure underneath a clothed figure.

If you are offended by the human body nature gave us, skip this lesson. The illustrations above are general proportions. Everyone doesn’t fit the same figure, and bending of the body will throw off the measurements.

The male body has wide shoulders and smaller hips while the female body has smaller shoulders and wider hips. The head is shaped like an egg.
The center of gravity goes through the pit of the neck to the supporting foot or feet. The drawing of an active figure needs a sense of security.

If the shoulder is lower on the right side, the hip will be higher on that side and the weight will be on the right leg to support the body, the other leg will be slightly bent. If the shoulder is lower on the left side of the body it will be reversed.

In order to get the feeling of motion in your drawing, be relaxed and swing with your pencil. In time you will be able keep your figures in balance. Practice as below.

Make quick rough action sketches of people you see on the move, get the rhythm of their motion. You don’t have to finish them.
In time you will be able to vary the weight of a flowing or rhythmic line, weaving it about the form. On the shaded side of the body press heavier on the pencil and softly on the light side. This will give your figure appear to be three dimension.

Practice, practice, practice!

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