Friday, January 24, 2014

Completed demo

 Still Life with fruit I
9" x 12" graphite

It may be a bit difficult to call a demo a demo if only the value map and contour drawing are done in class and most of the shading later.  But time is always a challenge in drawing and as I tell workshop participants, there's no rush and no time limit on drawing.

Its the rush that becomes the downfall of many a good drawing.

Here is the in-between drawing from the last post to this one. Taken with my cell phone, the image isn't as crisp as it could  be.

In workshops I usually have a completed drawing done in several stages so people can see how I construct and shade a piece.  There's a continual conversation going on in my head which I try to verbalize in class.  Its a voice that's constantly comparing relationships of one object or space to another to make sure proportion is correct.  It sounds crazy, but it works.  I think we all have a voice (or two) in our heads that guide us through drawings and paintings.

This is the finished drawing from last weekend's workshop. I always forget how much I enjoy drawing until I am away from it for awhile then return.   The next advanced drawing workshop is in May and will be all about drawing animals.  Like still life, there's a formula for that too.  Really, its that simple with drawing.  You just need to know how to compare relationships, measure proportion and be patient.  Oh, and practice!


Celeste Bergin said...

beautiful drawing(s)!

theartistsday said...

That's a lovely drawing Jeanette.
I think all artwork starts with a drawing and you're struggling if you don't draw from life.

Jeanette Jobson said...

Thanks Celeste, I must tackle more still life setups, they're fun to draw.

theartistsday, I am always interested to see just how many people who paint don't know the basics of drawing. I think drawing from life gives a step up as the objects provide much more information that a photo can.

However, real life isn't always an option so photos are next best, provided that one doesn't slavishly follow them and depends on the principles of drawing to achieve the form instead of tracing or projecting all the time.