Tag Archives: Values

Seeing the Forest Not the Trees

That’s right, today we’re going to draw a forest and we’re  going to try NOT to see the trees.  Let me explain:   Many people will draw a forest or group of trees by drawing one tree,  another next to … Continue reading

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Seeing in Black and White

To those new to drawing, seeing values can be perplexing.  Most people see color instead of value.  Then if something is a dark color, they assign it a dark value.  That may or may not be a truthful representation.  A … Continue reading

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Comparing Pencil and Ink

Pencil drawing is great fun to be sure.  It’s possible to get soft and subtle gradations from light to dark.  Careful drawings come out both lifelike and expressive.   Plus there’s the distinct advantage of being able to use an eraser … Continue reading

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Challenge of the Squiggles

Every drawing is an opportunity to see something new, express a new idea and learn more about how to draw. I teach beginning drawing. It’s fun to see students grapple with the basic concepts of seeing and mark making.  And, … Continue reading

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The Effect of Color

The line drawing in and of itself is not bad.  It’s interesting and tells the story of the place.  But color can take an interesting drawing and lift it to a whole new level.  There are as many ways to add … Continue reading

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Developing the Drawing

Last week I started with a  basic tone of lines over the preliminary drawing .  This design becomes the foundation to build values and depict details. While filming this week’s video I was dismayed to discover that my video camera has given up the ghost … Continue reading

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Beginning the Drawing

After the very small thumbnail sketches to plan how I will compose a scene, it’s time to begin the actual drawing.  I’m going to be working on an 8″ x 10″ piece of 140 lb hot press watercolor paper.  Arches … Continue reading

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Form of the Face

For the past few weeks as I’ve been describing the position of facial features I’ve been working in very simple line drawings.  Line drawings can be a great quick way to capture an image. But of course, there’s so much more.  What … Continue reading

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Seeing the Masses

Imagine yourself walking down a forested path, coming around a corner and thinking, “What a nice view, I’d love to draw it.”   So you sit down with paper and pen – because of course your sketchbook and folding chair are handy – and … Continue reading

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Drawing a Cucumber

Today, I’m just going to draw.  There’s no better way to improve drawing skills than to practice.  Draw everyday if you can.   There are subjects all around us.  I’ll chose something simple that I can draw quickly.   How about … Continue reading

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