Saturday, 30 May 2009
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
first attempt at a controlled, measured perspective drawing without rushing. Excuse the crosshair guide and chair that vanishes into nothing, apart from that I'd say it's an encouraging start :) next: portraits, if I can find a willing victim
Monday, 25 May 2009
- This task involved balancing the acetate over the hand and drawing directly onto it, every line exactly how you see them. It helps to have one eye closed aswell, to avoid binocular vision which can be confusing.
Then you copy it onto paper in detail and with shading and there you go. I added the bottle to make it more interesting. I think it's a successful result :) It's definitely easier with the plane so I guess to become a true artist is to practise until you can do it naturally without the plane.
Friday, 22 May 2009
Here's some more progress from the book. Most of these exercises we have been through with chris but it can't do any harm to reiterate these tried and tested lessons. I feel like I need constant instruction, which is good in a way but also voluntarily inhibiting and something I should learn not to rely on.
Anyway, first was the face/vase drawing which brings out the conflict of the two sides of the brain. Then I did a couple of upside down drawings which teaches you to focus only on line and space without thinking about what it is you are actually drawing, therefore allowing the shift into an alternate state of consciousness.
Pablo Picasso - Portrait of Igor Stravinsky
German horse & rider -unknown German artist
Although not perfectly accurate, it's obvious how drawing from a viewpoint which renders the image incomprehensible, lets drawing become free from trying to create what we think it's supposed to look like and just draw what you actually see without conflict in the mind.
Thursday, 21 May 2009
^meet joe* (bf) *note: may look slightly different in real life^
Not as bad as I thought they would be :) but as you can see, from just using my memory, the brain reverts back to the 'symbols' I've used since childhood and the shading is less subtle because of my uncertainty. Mostly I struggle with the nose and how to describe the volume and shape with shadow.
Thankfully I'm not totally hopeless and I will continue to post my progress. It's been a really informative book so far and goes into a lot of detail about the research into the two sides of our brain and how they work separately.