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Over the last twenty-five years I have spent my fair share of time drawing and studying the human figure. As a result, I’ve come across several (actually, nine) common figure-drawing mistakes over and over again. Like any other art process, figure drawing is a fluid activity and impossible to pin down with exact rules—but if your goal is to create a more convincing life drawing, then these next few ideas will certainly help. Here are the nine common figure-drawing mistakes, along with their solutions:
The Basic Forms To draw the head from any angle you must first understand its basic structure. Look past all the distracting details and visualize the underlying forms. This ability to simplify can be applied to the features of the face, but when starting the drawing you could look even further.
The most important part of a drawing is the start, not the finish. This tutorial will focus on how to start a portrait drawing, using basic blocking-in techniques. When drawing a portrait from life, you don’t want to just jump-in and draw. I always walk around the model to get a better understanding of the model and plan out my composition.
Image Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill Architect: Ricardo Bofill Program: Architectural offices /archives /model laboratory /exhibition space /Bofill's-apartment /guest rooms /gardens Location: Barcelona, Spain Total floor area: 3,100 square meters and gardens House area: 500 square meters Date Completed: 1975 T here is nothing as good as an aged bottle of wine; and in this case the aged bottle of wine is a project which was completed in 1975 , but is still worth mentioning! First and foremost we would like to thank our friend and founder of Room Service design store in Greece, Katerina Xynogala for providing us with the necessary information regarding The Cement Factory , which is featured in the latest Room Service catalogue . The Cement Factory was discovered in 1973, it was an abandoned cement factory and partially in ruins, comprised of over 30 silos, underground galleries and huge engine rooms; Ricardo Bofill bought it and began renovation works.
first image 'TH house' by baqueratta in tochigi prefecture, japan all images courtesy baqueratta photographer: katsuhisa kida while utilizing a courtyard to visually enlarge a space is not a new trick in japanese modern architecture, tokyo-based architecture office baqueratta has taken a different spin on the method. 'TH house' is a single family dwelling in tochigi prefecture, japan, which features multiple pockets of courtyard spaces flanking almost all rooms and programs. while extending the interior space is the primary reasoning behind this practice, the house as a whole emphasizes the importance of framing, and how much it can change the individual atmosphere of a room. entrance
Tinwork Embossed tinwork is sometimes used to decorate rustic style photo or mirror frames, or just to make decorative items such as Christmas tree decorations. The metal used is usually thicker (tinplate) and is normally worked with hammered tools - I wanted to try to get a similar effect, but with a bit less effort.
This is Arthur Buxton's set of Van Gogh pie-charts; each one represents the color-distribution in a famous Van Gogh painting (can you guess which is which?) He sez, "I know you lot are fans of new ways of visualizing data. As far as I know, I've come up with a novel way of looking at colour schemes. The pie charts are designed to be visually pleasing but also fuction as a colour trend visualization tool.
I’m very intrigued by Californian artist Brooks Salzwedel’s unique style and approach to these delicate works, that combine nature and rigid human-made structures. It’s nice to see work that brings in different non-digital materials to what we’re used to. Using a combination of Staedler Graphite pencils ranging from 6H to 9B, tape and ‘ Awful toxic resin ‘, Brooks creates images that look like relics of nature and other objects frozen in time.
Some notes about construction drawing that may or may not be helpful. This is in response to some questions from my tumblr blog . There are notes about Expressions here, and an old sort of drawing tutorial here that cover some of the same material. I'd also recommend to anyone trying to learn how to draw this way (or any way) to check out Andrew Loomis books. They're old, but are still superior to most of the how-to-draw stuff you can find out there.
Pablo Picasso painted this picture when he was 15 years old He painted this picture when he was 56 Why did his painting style change? Picasso's painting style changed throughout his life time. He was experimenting and always learning.