We just completed our fall beginning drawing class.
We began with blind continuous line drawing.
We progressed to continuous and broken line drawing…
…with an emphasis on cross contour and form:
We studied and drew objects that had negative space that helped define their shape.
We studied perspective and drew interiors.
We studied value from still life…
Dawn Amstutz 4
We practiced all our skills the last night of class using an Elegant Writer” calligraphy pen to create a line a wash drawing.
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Thank you to all the students who agreed to share their work here!
Pat Dooley 2
We studied Blind line contour.
Tina Rutledge 3
We studied drawing in one continuous line as though we were feeling the edges of the form with the point of our pencil.
We practiced drawing cross contours to describe form.
We learned to see and use negative space; the space and shapes around a form.
Edmond Strange 3
We learned about and practiced perspective and how to use our pencils to measure distance and determine angles.
Sheila Kiester 3 Cloud Study
We talked about different marks we could make to describe values and form.
We practiced value studies from photographs and
Mary Ann Roach 2
value studies we drew from still lifes illuminated by a light source.
Last night we finished the above class in beginning drawing. You can view the above drawings and more by visiting the Student Art 1 Page here. Thank you to all those who participated in this class!
This week in Creative Drawing we practiced drawing by using only cross contours. We drew our subject material by imagining that our pencil was travelling across the form from top to bottom and left to right. As the pencil moved across the form we tried to replicate that form. We lightened the pressure on our pencil where we saw more light or where the form moved towards us and applied more pressure where it was darker or moved back and away. We concluded that cross contours could add to the shape, heft and movement of a drawing. We decided to look for the evidence of cross contours in finished drawings and paintings that we observed in the future.
I decided to title this piece “Grandmummy” because my grand daughter recognized it right off as being me. I guess that’s a good thing?
Tonight was the first night of drawing class and we practiced blind continuous line as well as continuous line drawing. I went on to explain if you continued on with describing the form in cross contour that you could end up with a likeness of the object being rendered. Where an object is rounded, your drawing implement has to caress that form and emulate roundness, where it is flat the medium has to flat line it. All an object really is is a whole lot of contour lines sitting next to one another. This is called modeling in the form of an object. I happened to check out Antsketch’s drawing for today and he had done the same technique with figure drawing. Two different takes on the same technique.
The following post has tried a continuous line drawing and posted it: