The very first exercises on the DrawABox website is to help you learn how to draw, again. The first lesson on the website is to take you back to the beginning, the very fundamentals. It covers topics such as drawing from the shoulder, drawing straight lines and perfect ellipses, and the very basics of perspective. This post covers only the first part of this entire lesson, which is about drawing from the shoulder and straight lines.
I can draw. But not like artists who can draw completely from imagination with very little reference images. Most of my drawings and sketches (foundations for my paintings) will be an amalgamation of reference images with slight adjustments.
I decided that this was a significant issue to my progress. I don’t want to be limited to reference photos.
Since I really enjoyed doing my earlier pen and ink sketch, and it uses so few materials (literally a pen and paper), I decided I would focus on another practice sketch.
Not all my artwork is in watercolours; often the process of creating a piece involves not only the sketch, but studies of reference materials.
I used to be a big advocate for pen and ink drawings. It’s a great medium to create art in as it can involve a very low set-up cost, and it can easily be done at any time or place.
Sometimes I imagine something amazing in my mind, yet yet the finished painting turns nothing out like I imagined. This is one such example.
The other day I was going through my archive of paintings, and came across one of my very first watercolour paintings. To make this finished painting I used a tutorial from the from the book Trace & Paint Watercolour (Ready to Paint) by the authors Terry Harrison, Geoff Kersey and Arnold Lowrey. This particular …
On top of learning how to control watercolours, there are also a variety of techniques to learn that will help you achieve depth and a solid painting. One of these techniques is negative painting. In essential principles, negative painting is when you paint around a shape and not the actual …
There are a lot of tutorials online – usually for beginners – for painting leaves. If you remember from some of my other posts, I wanted to learn how to paint leaves more accurately. Thus I delved into painting two detailed leaves with some acorns sitting on top. At first …
I was just playing around with dropping wet paint onto wet paper. I really enjoyed this exercise, and was pleasantly surprised at how they turned it a very misty surreal background.
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