Category Archives: Perceptual & Creative Drawing

COLOR WHEEL & COLOR AS TONE

A very useful perception to add to your mental toolkit for painting is the ability to see COLOR AS TONE’.  (‘Tone” can also be called tonal value, value, light-dark on gray scale) . The ‘lights’,  or light tones, create piccolo sparkle, ‘mids’ create violin richness/sublety, ‘darks’ create tuba gravitas.  Deduct the lights and you have somber/moody. Deduct the… Read More »

SPACE DRAWINGS OF BUILDINGS USING CHARCOAL BLENDING STICKS – JULY 17 2016

CHARCOAL GENERAL – Once upon a time, Black and White movies, photography and printing were in the ascendant.  This era was truly about painting with light. Technicolor changed all that and color became the essential style for all media. However, there is certainly a lot to be said for Black and White TONALITY, and many… Read More »

Ecuad Cda & Persp Day 6 Entourage People Composing Groups In Streets (vid 2 of 4){april 3 2016}

Often you want to place figures and clusters of figures in an area like a street or plaza. This image shows how I think of it in terms of composition. Of course, you also want to think of  activities, such as walking to and fro or at angles, male, female, kids, walking away or toward the viewer, standing, sitting,… Read More »

Ecuad Cda & Persp Day 6 Entourage People Composing Groups In Streets (vid 4 of 4){april 3 2016}

I go into drawing figures in greater depth elsewhere in these posts. You can use the search box under the ‘categories’ list to find. This is a lite version in support of composition for drawings, such as street scenes. At the end I do a somewhat cleaner trace from the rough. This would not be the final… Read More »

Composition for Painting, Drawing, and other Aesthetic Endeavors

These notes usually accompany an illustrated lecture. These 4 vids under category “Teaching – EMILY CARR CURRENT CDA Fall 2015”    may also interest you: Day 7 CDA Ecuad Composition Drawing-Painting (1 Of 4) {Oct 31 2015} Day 7 CDA Ecuad Composition Drawing-Painting (2 Of 4) {Oct 31 2015} Day 7 CDA Ecuad Composition Drawing-Painting (3… Read More »

CDA DAY 8 – Ten Ways of Seeing GUGGENHEIM NY (F.L.W.) 1 Of 3

These 3 videos show how to apply the “Ten Ways of Seeing and Drawing” to a building, namely the Guggenheim art museum in New York by Frank Lloyd Wright. I was inspired to compose this analytical method by Frank’s “Zen of Seeing Drawing” (well worth reading). The overview  description of the Ten Ways can be viewed… Read More »

MAGIC CARPETS (No video yet)

I like to combine PShop and traditional mediums. In this case I did a very small, 5 inch, watercolour with acrylic ink mark-making on paper. I used my ‘tonal design ‘method. I scanned and used PShop to mirror, flip and repeat to get several designs. Beats the old fold-the-paper-in-half-and-press technique. Here is the 5″ original with… Read More »

CDA Day 6 of 8 ANALYTICAL DRAWING ASSIGNMENT DEMO PT 1 OF 2 (OCT 31 2015)

This video is part 1 of 2  of a demonstration for an assignment due at beginning of next session  Value 25%.    Create a portfolio page showing that you have an analytical method for looking at the 3 buildings we discusses: Berg al Arab, Falling Water, MOMA New York. (Remember we are eventually working on… Read More »

CDA Day 6 of 8 ANALYTICAL DRAWING ASSIGNMENT DEMO PT 2 OF 2 (OCT 31 2015)

  This is part 2 of 2 of a demonstration for an assignment due at beginning of next session Value 25%.   Create a portfolio page showing that you have an analytical method for looking at the 3 buildings we discusses: Berg al Arab, Falling Water, MOMA New York. (Remember we are eventually working on 10… Read More »

OVERVIEW DEMONSTRATION TEN WAYS OF SEEING AND DRAWING PT 2 (Includes COMPOSITION) (11 min) (Tap for Video)

Drawing can be approached by learning 10 individual drawing perceptions, or ‘filters’. Part 2 of this overview deals with tonality (continued), geometrics (including perspective), and composition.    

OVERVIEW DEMONSTRATION, TEN WAYS OF SEEING AND DRAWING PT 1 (30 min) (Tap for Video)

Drawing can be approached by learning 10 individual drawing perceptions, or ‘filters’. Part one overview included gesture, contour, mass, space, silhouette, figure-ground, modeling,  and tonality.

GESTURE AND MODELLING STUDIES (click photo title) – Portfolio Ideas

Quick studies, such as gesture and modelling (shading), can be effective in portfolios. They show an ability to be loose and free in your explorations and approach. Freedom in sketching can help personalize a portfolio which can tend to look a bit ‘cold and rigid’. As above, try using a variety of photoshop conversions and… Read More »

Ten Ways of Seeing and Drawing STILL PIX- EXAMPLES (Mar 15 2015) Click title for pics

 This is pretty much the backbone of my own artistic learning, practicing, and teaching methods, as regards drawing. Of course, it also works into painting, design, etc: Think of drawing as being comprised of 10 distinct perceptual filters, abilities, or ways of seeing. (Long ago I read a very famous book called “Zen of Seeing,… Read More »

Drawing as a Martial Art

While teaching a group of City Planners to draw at SFU one summer I happened to say that learning to draw was a bit like learning a Martial Art… “You practice the individual skills which are quite simple and repetitive and eventually put them together into useful sequences.”   One participant observed that…”Drawing was in fact… Read More »