Drawing is Seeing

There are many approaches to drawing – from photorealism to complete abstraction.   Most people simply want to be able to create a likeness of an object or scene before them.  It’s a skill anyone can learn.   If you can see it, you can learn to draw it, because basically, drawing is seeing.  A drawing is a description of an idea made with marks.  To create a representational drawing, where you put those marks relates directly to what you see.  So, to draw you need to develop hand-eye coordination.  The video below shows one way of doing this.

Try drawing your hand as the video demonstrates, then pick a simple object at home and use the same principles to draw it.  For example, take an onion.   Set it in front of you.  Trace your pencil around it from your viewpoint. Then looking closely at the onion, put your pencil on the paper and guide your pencil around the paper as your eye follows the outline of the onion.  The most important thing is to keep looking at the onion and let your eyes inform your hand how to draw.  How’d you do?  

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