Saturday, January 28, 2012
The first time I used the grid was my senior year in High School. I was surprised to see they were teaching it at my college also. I'm not one to boast about my work. I'm highly critical of myself up until my art professor in college always used my stuff as an example. I couldn't believe it. The picture above was my very first drawing in college using the grid. Looks pretty good for a first drawing. I didn't believe it though. It took my professor to tell me this for me to believe it. So please don't be so hard on yourself and your work. Everyone is different in the way they execute art and it is all beautiful.
So, you've got the grid down pretty well and you want to challenge yourself a bit. Let's also assume you know how to shade. Shading is critical when doing a portrait drawing. I would love to teach you how to shade but it's almost impossible to do in writing. I recommend looking on you tube for some pointers or taking a class on drawing. Practice shading a ball. It helps you to understand where light hits on objects. Also the pencils you use are important. Everyone is different as far as what pencils they like to use. Some like charcoal, some like the soft pencils and some like the harder ones. Try them all out and see what you like best. Personally, I like the soft pencils 2b, 3b, 4b, 5b, and 6b are my favorites.
And Gwen Stefani from No Doubt...That picture has a bad glare on it from being behind a glass case at school...
Eventually from a lot of practice you will find you understand the body more and shadows. You won't need the grid and will be able to draw whatever you want more freely. The good thing about learning the grid is if you ever get stuck on a picture you just can't get to look like the photograph, you have the grid that will guarantee you will get it right. Below are my latest works without using a grid.
As you will see I have evolved from pencil to oils and colored pencils. I highly suggest you play with different mediums and find your passion. I would love to see your work from when you started and where you are now! Happy Drawing.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
2. A ruler
3. 8X10 copy of an image you like. Find an image on Google and print it out as an 8 X 10. Start with a simple cartoon. Not people.
-Your printer paper will be 8.5" X 11", so you will want to make an 8.5" X 11" frame on your blank sheet of drawing paper. *A note about rulers. Make sure the edge of the paper is lined up with the 0" mark, not the edge of the ruler! See photo below*
- After you make your frame on your drawing paper, it's time to make a grid on your original image you're drawing from. On each edge of the sheet you're going to make .5" tics.
- The smaller the squares, the more accurate you will be with your drawing. Be as dark as you want with this grid.
- When you make your tics, make sure their adjacent side is measured from the same edge. In other words, don't turn your ruler around. You'll understand this when you start to connect the tics. If your lines look all crazy you did something wrong.
-I cannot stress enough that you MUST BE PRECISE WITH YOUR MEASUREMEMNTS!!
- Once you have all your tics done, you can connect them. YOU MUST BE ACCURATE!
- When you're done it should look something like this.
-Now you're thinking. Holy Cow! How tedious thank goodness I'm done! Sorry, you have to do it again! Make another grid on the rectangle you made on your drawing paper EXACTLY the same way you did with your original image. The only difference is you need to draw it about 100X lighter. You want to be able to erase the grid once you're done and not see it.
- Now you have a grid on both pieces. You're ready to draw! FINALLY! Put away that ruler!
- Now focus on each square as an individual. Draw what's in each square. Try to make the pencil flow nicely from one square to another. I started on his claw at square J-4 and worked my way from there.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Well, I was in the process of losing weight UNTIL I found out I am pregnant! WOW! That was fast! I am still taking time to get on the treadmill 4 to 5 times a week. I'm not running, but brisk walking for about 25 to 30 min. So, we are super excited and I have my first ultrasound in a couple of weeks along with Anya's 2nd birthday party!
On the flip side of things, I have been doing a little bit of creating. I made another Alice In Wonderland Paper Cut. The Tea Party one does so well, I decided to make another rendition. I am going on this fairy tale kick. Anya brings it out in me I guess. I hope she loves it as much as I do. We're saving up money to go on a vacation when both of our kids are old enough to enjoy it. (I'm hoping for Disney World!). Disney World is such a magical place. My favorite part are all of the little details around the park. Things that most people wouldn't catch. Like the little mice inside Cinderella's Castle. I would have loved to be apart of that design team in creating.
Anybody ever been on a Disney Cruise? Would you reccomend it?