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Crosshatching

Crosshatching
Crosshatching is the layering of planes of parallel lines on top of each other in order to create a gradient or texture in a drawing. Crosshatching has an "old-fashioned" stigma, probably for good reason: drawing lines side-by-side, and then on top of each other, is a great solution to a problem inherent in pen & ink drawing and printmaking: How do you make a drawing tonal if all you have to work with is black and white? With digital tools at our disposal, as well as relatively new products like Zipotone, Craftint and DuoShade, it's easy to see why crosshatching isn't considered cutting edge. However, I don't personally believe that a technique in itself can be old-fashioned; I think that comes out of how the artist uses the technique. Below is a primer on crosshatching for the beginner or for those who want to hone their craft. Styles of Crosshatching1) Tight, accurate lines. GradientsTwo kinds of gradients below. Consistency Consistent line weight. Labels: Tips and Tricks

New Charcoal Step by Step It's been refreshing to use my rare free time to get back to charcoal drawing during the last couple of months. This drawing is compressed charcoal on rives paper and is roughly life size. It was completed in about an hour and a half. Close-up. Lessons Drawspace Pro Lessons are designed for artists of all levels and educators, and are logically organized into resources and activities. Eventually, all lessons and E-books authored by Brenda Hoddinott will be available here: four to eight brand new lessons and newly-revised older lessons are being added every month! Upgrade Now: Download all 310 lessons and 4 e-books! Try for Free: Download lessons marked as "Free"! 1.1.R1 Glossary Of Art Terms Definitions of art-related terms used in the resources and activities of Drawspace Curriculum (updated February 2013) $3.99or Upgradeto access all files 1.1.R2 Travelling Back in Time with Graphite A few fun tidbits of information about the history of graphite $0.99or Upgradeto access all files 1.1.R3 Examining Graphite and Grades Understanding the differences between H and B grades of graphite $0.99or Upgradeto access all files 1.1.R4 Seeing Grades in Drawings Graphite drawings demonstrate the visual qualities of H and B grades of pencils Download Download

If Pokemon Were Drawn by Tim Burton | Madbite Baker Blog Art En Tales From the Studios of Garin BakerCarriage House Art StudiosJuly 22nd 2011 "Temptress" B&W charcoal on Canson Paper, Garin Baker, 2008 The above 45 minute drawing in it's finished form shows none of the preliminary thought process and initial stages that are so important towards understanding proportions and getting the elements of the figure to fall into place and I thought I would in the following shorter pose image below highlight some of the unseen and preliminary thought processes from which all else is developed. Drawing as a "Process of Subtraction": I know this sounds reversed and for those of you who are seasoned draftspersons the clear perception of the whole as a conceptual beginning is key but lost among many students who focus on the resolved, finished or distorted qualities on the surface which are almost always built atop an unseen conceptual start. 2 min/ left 10 seconds/ right The 10 second drawing on the right is that start. Books on Egon Schiele: Drawings & Watercolors

The Secret Law of Page Harmony “A method to produce the perfect book.” The perfect book. This is how designer-genius Jan Tschichold described this system. Not the ok book, nor the pretty good book, but the perfect book. This method existed long before the computer, the printing press and even a defined measuring unit. And you can still use it. The Secret Canon & Page Harmony Books were once a luxury only the richest could afford and would take months of work to be brought to fruition. And they were harmoniously beautiful. The bookmakers knew the secret to the perfect book. So elegant is this method of producing harmony that a few designers saw to rediscover it. They found the way to design a harmonious page. There’s a dance to all this Let’s look at this dance, shall we? And here it is with them (using the Van de Graaf Canon and Tschichold’s recommended 2:3 page-size ratio, which we’ll get into next). This is where the harmony is found. How is this dance beautiful? A module is to a grid, as a cell is to a table. The J.

Artist Takes Every Drug Known to Man, Draws Self Portraits After Each Use This is all kinds of cool, and everything your mother told you not to do. Bryan Lewis Saunders is an artist from Washington D.C., not just any artist though. Saunders prefers to take a more unconventional approach to his artwork. Arguably his most interesting project, entitled DRUGS is described as follows: Below, you can view a collection of portraits Saunders drew while under the influence of various substances ranging from cocaine, to marijuana, to DMT. Abilify / Xanax / Ativan 90mg Abilify 1 sm Glass of “real” Absinth 10mg Adderall 10mg Ambien Bath Salts 15mg Buspar (snorted) 4 Butalbitals Butane Honey Oil 250mg Cephalexin 1/2 gram Cocaine Computer Duster (2 squirts) 2 bottles of Cough Syrup 1 “Bump” of Crystalmeth 4mg Dilaudid 1 shot of Dilaudid / 3 shots of Morphine 60mg Geodon Hash Huffing Gas Huffing Lighter Fluid 7.5mg Hydrocodone / 7.5mg Oxycodone / 3mg Xanax 3mg Klonopin 10mg Loritab Marijuana (Kine Bud) G13 Marijuana Morphine IV Psilocybin Mushrooms (2 caps onset) 2mg Nicotine Gum Nitrous Oxide 2mg Xanax

Baker Blog Art En Tales From the Studios of Garin BakerCarriage House Art StudiosJuly 22nd 2011 "Ray" B&W Charcoal on Canson Paper, Garin Baker, 2011 Over the last few weeks I've been doing a figure drawing class with a group of young art students. Most quite talented and focused. Figure by Pierre-Paul Prud'hon. We all are amazed by drawings that capture a compelling quality and marvel at the finished look and resolved quality not appreciating the underlying nature a simple figure drawing was conceived with. Correct Proportions, and how the importance of simple gesture notations and the underlying beginning stages are. Many accomplished artist who draw from life regularly are poor examples for students since their skills have been honed to a point where they can edit past many of these beginning stages. Please forgive my directness, but nothing can be further from the truth. This is crucial and can not be stressed enough. Suggested readings: Steven Assael: Selected Drawings

45 Awesome Abstract Textures Finding that perfect texture for your design can be quite the search, and also quite time consuming. To help you out a bit we’ve browsed through the large collection of textures over at deviantART and picked out some abstract textures. These can inspire you in making your own ones or you can use them. Just make sure to click on the images to go to the originals and read if the artists behind them have any restrictions or require credits first. Maybe this can be the helpful start to a new project? Let’s dive in! Lessons Drawspace Pro Lessons are designed for artists of all levels and educators, and are logically organized into resources and activities. Eventually, all lessons and E-books authored by Brenda Hoddinott will be available here: four to eight brand new lessons and newly-revised older lessons are being added every month! Upgrade Now: Download all 246 lessons and 4 e-books! Try for Free: Download lessons marked as "Free"! Free 1.1.R1 Glossary Of Art Terms Definitions of art-related terms used in the resources and activities of Drawspace Curriculum (updated February 2013) Download 1.1.R2 Travelling Back in Time with Graphite A few fun tidbits of information about the history of graphite $1.49or Upgradeto access all files 1.1.R3 Examining Graphite and Grades Understanding the differences between H and B grades of graphite $0.99or Upgradeto access all files 1.1.R4 Seeing Grades in Drawings Graphite drawings demonstrate the visual qualities of H and B grades of pencils $1.49or Upgradeto access all files

Baker Blog Art En Tales From the Studios of Garin BakerCarriage House Art StudiosJuly 26th 2011 15 min pose "Sara" Vine charcoal on newsprint, Garin Baker, 2011 This technique is great fun and starts with applying vine charcoal over the entire surface of the newsprint paper. I like the rough marks the edges of the charcoal makes on the paper but some like to smooth it out with a gentile cloth rub. 3 min poses Starting with the lighter lines beneath, when looking closely before the outside contour lines are drawn is the "gesture drawing" that I described in Notes on Drawings #2. Repetition and an unsatisfied diligence is key towards developing over time and I recommend a figure drawing class or workshop at a minimum of 3 hrs a week as a priority.......... especially when our busy lives get in the way. Underlying Gesture drawings. 1 min. Again, a good gesture is key, that all else is built upon. 2 mim poses 2 min 5 min 7 min Standing pose, 20 min The benchmark for which all else will improve!

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