Have you ever heard the quote, "Good artists copy; great artists steal?" It may sound like a negative sentiment, but especially for novice artists, having a starting point can be exactly what's needed.
The Drawing Club is based off of the real-life, Los Angeles gathering of serious artists who come together and sketch models in character costumes including Edward Scissorhands and the Steam Punk variety. Since only a small number of artists can actually attend a Drawing Club session to hone their skills, this book serves as a peek into the world of 2-D creativity for the rest of us.
"Fashion is architecture: It is a matter of proportions." ~ Coco Chanel
A good portion of my time in junior high and high school was spent with an obligatory sketchbook in my backpack for a looming art class assignment. Drawing has often intimidated me because, well, it's supposed to look like your subject. There is a realism to pencil drawing that calls for a certain level of technique, an "artist's eye" if you will.
"I've seen you, beauty, and you belong to me now, whoever you are waiting for and if I never see you again, I thought. You belong to me and all Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil." ~Ernest Hemingway
Shadow casting is one of the rendering processes. Every artist and designer will benefit from an understanding of how a certain shadow is shaped depending on the movement or location of a light source.
Great news! The brand new Walter Foster Academy of Art series debuts in November with The Fundamentals of Drawing by Jim Dowdalls.
As hobbies go, urban sketching gives you a lot of bang for your buck. With nothing more than a piece of paper and a pencil, you are equipped to start drawing your city or village, the people who live there, and the things that are happening in it.
"Colored pencil are transparent by nature, so instead of 'mixing colors' as you would for painting, you layer colors on top of each other to create blends." -from The Art of Colored Pencils
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