Faces, Scale Figures & Perspective for Life Drawing (5 videos) {Nov 2016}

There are two main ways of approaching the figure. They complement each other. One is OBSERVATION (Life drawing or copying reference photos). The other is CONSTRUCTION  (Using scale and proportion methods to create a figure with little or no references). The two can and should be used together for a full skillset. Both depend on  the armature of ‘gesture’ for liveliness and composition. These five videos are an introduction to useful methods of CONSTRUCTION. You can also look under the Category: “FACE AND FIGURE” for many more videos.

Faces, Scale Figures & Perspective (1 of 5)  {Nov 2016}

Faces, Scale Figures & Perspective (2 of 5)  {Nov 2016}

Faces, Scale Figures & Perspective (3 of 5)  {Nov 2016}

Faces, Scale Figures & Perspective (4 of 5)  {Nov 2016}

Faces, Scale Figures & Perspective (5 of 5)  {Nov 2016}

LINEWEIGHTS (2016)

I worked as a draftsman long ago. One of the techniques draftsmen learn is to apply a systematic ‘hierarchy of lineweights’ to enhance and clarify their drawings. Every draftsman learns to do this. It is important because it adds clarity and a kind of richness to drawings. You can also see it at work in comic books and skilled illustration of all kinds. There are probably several different systems for deciding on lineweights.  Here is mine.  I am showing it in a very simple way, but like a lot of seemingly simple things, it adds more than you would think.

Still Lake Reflections Watercolor Demo {Nov 2016}

https://vimeo.com/190479147This is a little demonstration I did in Nov 2016.

Still Lake Reflections Watercolor Demo (3 video segments) {Nov 2016}

Drawing a’Curvy’ modern car form

I have put up a few videos on drawing vehicles.  Some very curvy, organic  body-types favor using ‘sandbox-section’ method, some work better by constructing simple geometric shapes in an ‘additive’ manner, like the Model-A. It is always useful to analyze the designer’s intent, usually by clearly seeing gestures and alignments in side and frontal views (elevations).

COLOR AS TONE

It is obvious to sat here are many ways to paint. However, “Color as Tone” is a fundamental way that will develop all your color abilities. Whether you are a beginner or even a more experienced painter it is valuable to re-visit this skill concept. I don’t claim originality here – many painters use this concept one way or another. It works for all genres including abstraction.

First, revisit the idea that Color has three main CONTRASTS:

HUE – basically the way we ordinarily name colors, red-yellow-blue, etc. These create different color temperatures, relative warms and cools.

INTENSITY – also called ‘brilliance’, ‘purity’, or ‘saturation’ – so you can have a relatively brilliant red or a subtle rusty rose, a brilliant blue or a dull grayish blue, a brilliant yellow or a muted beige-yellow, etc.

TONE – the lightness or darkness of a color compared to a nine-step scale of grays. So, we can have a dark blue (about ‘8’ on a gray-scale or a light blue about ‘3’ on a gray-scale, and so on for all the hues)

When you buy paint it will have a combination of these three contrasts in the tube. It will have one more contrast: ‘personality’, which comes from the pigment that made the particular paint, such as ultramarine blue versus cobalt blue. Here, I am concerned with the main three contrasts of Hue, Intensity, and Tone.

It is great fun to splash around with various hues and intensities and many fine paintings use each these qualities for their own sake as the main issue. BUT – if you want to get a good grip on the use of color, first focus on COLOR AS TONE and master it. Most paintings can be read very well as a black and white photo.  Suppose you paint an image carefully as a black-white or as a monochromatic ‘under-painting, eg. Portrait, still-life, landscape or abstraction . You can then be quite playful painting over it with various, even arbitrary or random, hues and have a very interesting color painting, as long as you MATCH THE TONES of the grays that are in each area of the under-painting (also called a “grisaille”).  In fact, a great many paintings were done in this way prior to the availability of cheaper paint in the 1800’s. So this course is going to focus specifically on seeing and using COLOR AS TONE.  When you master this idea, you will have a very important tool

 

This is a sequence that I often use when employing the Tonal Design Process. I do this directly in color, but they could be done as grisailles and then adding color over. If I do as an under-painted grisaille I usually do it in tones of blue, which I find works best when applying other hues over. Also, Column 4 shows examples of ‘grisailles’ in each major genre. The top three were done as watercolors,  The last one is acrylic. But all can be done this way in any medium:

FIVE EXAMPLE MATRIX_edited-2

Review Videos for Semiahmoo- Drawing the Face (4 session course Fall 2016)

I have dropped a number of videos into this Category which might be useful for review of the Semiahmoo Drawing the Face Course material, Fall 2016. The numbering may seem a bit random, so this is likely the best order to watch in:

Relating to Day One/Two Semiahmoo:

‘MANIKIN HEAD’ BLOCK-IN, SEMIAHMOO ARTS, VIDEO #1 OF 5 VIDS, (DAY ONE)

‘MANIKIN HEAD’ BLOCK-IN, SEMIAHMOO ARTS, VIDEO #2 OF 5 VIDS, (DAY ONE & TWO)

‘MANIKIN HEAD’ BLOCK-IN, SEMIAHMOO ARTS, VIDEO #3 OF 5 VIDS, (DAY ONE & TWO)

‘MANIKIN HEAD’ BLOCK-IN, SEMIAHMOO ARTS, VIDEO #4 OF 5 VIDS, (DAY ONE & TWO)

‘MANIKIN HEAD’ BLOCK-IN, SEMIAHMOO ARTS, VIDEO #5 OF 5 VIDS, (DAY ONE & TWO)

 

Relating to Day 2 Semiahmoo:

Art in the Country – Toward the Portrait – PROFILES – (Vid 4 of 7) {Mar 16 2016}

Art in the Country – Toward the Portrait – FEATURES pt 1 – (Vid 5 of 7) {Mar 16 2016}

Art in the Country – Toward the Portrait – FEATURES pt 2 – (Vid 6 of 7) {Mar 16 2016}

 

Relating to Day Three and Four Semiahmoo:

DAY 6 Shadbolt TAS Drawing Head & Face – MUSCLES & CARICATURE (5 of 5) {Nov 2015}

Shadbolt Tony’s Art School Drawing & Shading The Face (1 of 3) {Nov 2015}

Shadbolt TAS Drawing & Shading The Face (2 of 3) {Nov 2015}

Shadbolt TAS Drawing & Shading The Face (3 of 3) {Nov 2015}