Looking at this video will discourage you, without first reading this.
When you first start to draw, it won’t t be anything like this.So,
just look and take it in, see the way he holds the pencil. Notice his
pencil strokes are fairly loose, he’s not gripping the pencil, it is almost
an extension of his arm?, note, I said arm!, not wrist, especially when
most artist begin a drawing. Like this Artist, use a dark pencil even
Charcoal. Press lightly, and you can easily lift (erase) places that
over lap or are to dark.
Check out the way all these artist start. Pretty messy I say. What
you will come to realize later is even with Oil paint‘s the beginning is
spasmodic, a vary rough laying on of tone. Like, grab a H pencil draw
an oval, lay your pencil almost flat and lightly fill in the oval, then
rub it all around with a Tissue rapped around your Index finger.
Buy a Putty rubber, and fool around lifting off the Graphite with it.
This Video of David Kassan drawing an eye isn’t with straight pencil
as you can see. But it’s worth watching because the result is the
same. Only the Medium is a little different. Rubbing smudging is
all part of drawing. In fact thats the fun part. That white tipped
pencil he uses a lot is in fact a rubber. You’ll see David brush away
the Rat’s tails, during this demo. (rat’s tails are the curly bits of
Throw out all of your old school Idea’s, tracing is aloud use a
ruler, smudge and rub, put your photo right next to your
drawing. A modern master once said, “Draw what you see
then draw what you know”. Meaning in a photo the eyelid
might be hidden so draw one in if you think it will make your
drawing more realistic.
Note his Paper is gray, thats what a lot of artists start with, It was
white but he rubbed graphite into the paper before drawing.
Lightly covering his paper so it is easy to rub out highlights.
Thats how you get that shine on the nose. and in the corner
of the eyes, and the little white dot in the eyeball. You also
dab with a putty rubber, to get highlights in the cheeks and
chin. Slightly rub with a Tissue to dull the cheeks, giving that
soft skin look.
In his hand, is a Putty rubber. A Charcoal stick, their as cheap as.
No Tissue, just his finger and thumb. Try this at home with some
real cheap drawing pads. Butcher’s paper is worth getting if you
know were. Don’t be scared to fool around, and crunch it up
if you don’t like it, and start again.
Now the other end of the spectrum. This Fellow is drawing
in the pure sense of the word, he’s line drawing with crosshatching
and vary little smudging. He finishes up with a vary pretty
drawing, looking more like the photograph then the one he
copied from. Still a vary good style, but limited in as much
as it would be nearly impossible to draw from real life.
There’s some extremely important points here, come back to
this Video, from time to time, to take it all in. The circular
lines really show were the 3D aspect comes into drawing and
understanding the human body is as important as learning
tonal values. With out some knowledge of Anatomy you
will struggle with drawing people clothed or unclothed.
As per usual, I have picked another artist who smudges finger rubs
and generally makes a mess to start with. Then as if by magic the
portrait comes together, everybody is different in their
execution of the process of drawing. But the main goal in their
drawing is to end up with a likeness of the person they are
portraying on paper. Some people call this process blocking
in sections, and then highlighting the details.
He Picked up a Bum off the street, invited him to his studio.
What you see is David Kassan drawing with a plastic knife.
He’s using pure Graphite which you can buy in art shops.
Not sure about the board he’s drawing on, looks washed with
brown paint. He highlights the drawing with white charcoal.
As the camera zooms in becomes a double screen, with the
model and the drawing side by side you can see how good
David Kassan really is. I’ve watched this one many times
to learn as much as I can, because of the closeness of the
Camera to the Artist working.
Getting away from drawing for a minute. This Video shows
how close drawing is to painting. especially if you follow
the previous videos, theres a theme running through
them. The blocking in, rough beginning, laying down
of graphite, and in this Video the laying down of paint.
In other words stay away from pure line drawing, it will
stop you from learning about tone, depth, highlighting.
Back to drawing?. He is right when he says that a blending stump
(tortillian) leaves a kind of silver gray, were as a wide paint brush
is softer and less permanent. For me, I use a soft Tissue, try to get
ones that don’t have Fragrant added, because that can leave traces
of oil on your Drawing. The more expensive the Tissue, the better
compound for spreading graphite without poking your finger
through and messing your drawing with greasy fingers.
Decidedly different form of drawing, again line drawing, with an
added difference he traced the cat onto his paper first?. No law
against that. But what I want you to observe is Cat hair, like all
hair, is a series of upside down V’s. grass to is a lot of right side
up V’s. Long hair is the same, all strands of hair end up in joining
other strands, meeting in a V. Darker strands underneath, lighter
on top, creates 3D affect.
Carrying on the theme from the last Video. Animal hair, in these
photos of Cat drawings, look for the upside down V’s, you can’t
miss em. the Big Cats whiskers are a case in point, the V’s stand
out there. cast your eyes on the real fine fur, and again those V’s
are there to. Now Eyes are a u’ll see trees bushes and people.
Little people, and clouds. With a spot of light because an eye is
a dome, andreflects light, as well as whatever is in front of the
animal, or person.