Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Drawing What you See

Today let's talk about drawing what you see.  When you don't have an idea, just look around and draw what is in the room.  Drawing everday items, like a...shoe, is not only fun, but easy, too. Start by drawing just the shapes and forms.  Next add in the details.  Last, but not least, shade your drawing.  Sometimes I really can't capture what I am trying to draw, but at least I try.  Trying is an important tool in art. Remember, "practice makes perfect!"

Below are my attempts to draw a shoe, blow dryer, cold sore medication, and a hole puncher.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Autumn Barn

Even though my main medium is pencil, sometimes I enjoy painting.  I find that books on painting are helpful when you don't know where to start.  That kind of book usually gives step by step instructions on how to draw or paint a certain scene, from still life to landscapes.  The type of paint you use is another thing to think about.  I use mostly acrylic, because it is fast drying, but I am considering trying watercolors. The following barn was painted with acrylic paint.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Pencil Portrait

One of my favorite things to draw are portraits of people.   Usually the best way to capture a person's appearence is to work in certain sections of the face, and draw the shapes that you see.  Then put in shading, which gives a nice look.  I got a friend to sit still while I drew the following picture: