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Practice Sketching: Experiment!

No, I haven’t forgotten about my tutorials. My dog chewed the tip of the power cord that plugs into my camera. No camera, no tutorials. I ordered another cord but it didn’t get to me in time to film this week’s video. I publish “how to” videos every Thursday on my You Tube channel.┬áSo what do you do when you have a deadline to meet and no power cord? Use older footage of course! Luckily, I record many things at once and then edit them later.

I found this footage of a character I was experimenting with for my best friend’s comic. Why experiment? For several reasons. First, changing reference material slightly is a safe way to change the look and mood of an artwork before you commit. Nothing is more frustrating than creating a drawing and then realizing, once it’s finished, that the pose is off, or you could have changed this or that. I like to use reference material so I can look at the anatomy and shading accurately but then change it and make the drawing my own.

I also like to practice with reference material because you can experiment with the shading. Try lighting from the left and then from the right. Change it up! In the video I’m practicing my foreshortening to make the arms and legs look as though they are coming forward.

Check out this crazy footage. Actually, a YouTube channel is more difficult than it might seem. Don’t mind the mistakes in editing and filming, I’m getting better as time goes on, remember this was last year!


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Have You Been Sketching?

Grab something around your house and start sketching! Why? The practice!!! I teach art at a local elementary school and I’m always, ALWAYS, asked how I learned how to draw. The truth is, you have to keep drawing get better. And that’s how I learned to draw.

As you draw your sketch notice the lines, shapes, and values of the object you are drawing. Pay attention to the little details that define your object. Keep drawing and having an inner dialogue with yourself about the elements of art that make up your object. If you need to refresh your memory about the elements of art awesomeartists.com has some great downloads.

 


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Sketch Challenge! Elements of Art

So a few weeks ago I did a video about sketching where you can and finding what you can to sketch. It truly doesn’t matter what you draw as long as you set a consistent schedule and stick to it! Becoming good at drawing doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a lot of practice, which is why I made that video. Have fun with it while you are learning!

This video is a sketch challenge. I chose three elements of art at random and then drew one object emphasizing each different element. I liked the shape and line drawings the best. I think I could have done more with the texture drawing.

Don’t know what to sketch? Check out this video for some ideas!


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Sketch!

People always ask me how I learned how to draw, all the time. “How do you do that?” they say. The answer is easy – practice! And the best way to practice is to grab something random in your house, set it up, and draw a still life. As you draw, pay close attention to the textures, the lights and darks caused by light, the shape of the object, etc. All of these things come into play when you are drawing. Did you bring your sketchbook? Draw!


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Sketchbooks

The best way to get better at drawing is to do it. What do you need to draw? A nice sketchbook helps. The only problem, which one should you get? I have several sketchbooks that I use which are different sizes. I’m going to be starting a sketching series and in order to sketch it helps to have a sketchbook!