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Why Draw from Life?

A lot of people ask me how to get better at drawing and the answer is always the same, keep drawing! The only problem is that people don’t know exactly what TO draw. I look around my house and find everyday objects as my subject. This helps with a very useful and much needed skill if anyone is going to improve their craft. Drawing from life helps to train your eyes to see in three dimensions but create that same optical illusion on a two-dimensional surface: paper. Truthfully, when you are recreating the physical world on to your paper, you are creating the illusion of depth because the image doesn’t really recede into space, it’s a flat piece of paper. Or you create the illusion of light with values because we all know there is no light inside the image. This is the trick to drawing believable forms in your art.

As you draw from life, look closely at the lines, textures, values, and shapes that create the image. You may need to draw it a few times before you get a sketch that you are happy with, so don’t get discouraged! Drawing from life is NOT as easy as people may think. Many people work from photographs which have already flattened the image for them. It’s a good habit to draw from life and not just from photographs.

In this video, I make a quick sketch from a houseplant. This may seem silly or simple but it actually helps with looking at the shapes that make up the plant and . Go find a houseplant, some paper, a pencil, and an eraser and get started! Walk around the plant, look at it from above, place it on a shelf and draw it from below. There are a variety of ways to draw plants which will help hone your sketching and drawing skills.


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Trouble with YouTube and My First Video on Site

So I tried to upload my second video to YouTube and what happened? It views right side up on my computer and on my Facebook page BUT not on my YouTube or for that matter my Google Plus account. I don’t know if it’s a bug they need to work out or maybe I did something on my end BUT they do show up. Scroll down and you’ll see the video of my room. I tried to upload that same video to my Google Plus and it was upside down AND backwards. The same thing for YouTube…upside down and backwards. I figured out how to rotate the video so it’s inverted horizontally. WTF does that mean? The right is on the left and the left is on the right and the words are backwards! In fact, I just tried to get to my video and it was taken off!

So I decided to heck with YouTube. I upgraded and I’m going to host my own videos. The first one was coloring Ironman which is on the downloads. I embedded that video when YouTube was working! This is my second video. It’s for beginners and it’s about six minutes long. I recommend using basic shapes when beginning a drawing for two very good reasons. Find out what they are! The download for this video is on my download page.

At the end of this video are some more funny out takes because this filming business takes some getting used to. Anyway…it’s kinda funny. Enjoy!