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Pencil Portrait Lessons. In the last lesson on eyes we talked about the various problems that artists run into when trying to draw eyes as realistic as possible.

Pencil Portrait Lessons

In this lesson, we will begin the drawing process. There are two things that you need to do in order to in order to get started. The first is to make sure you are using the right tools. Recommended Free Ebooks for learning how to draw and paint - Loomis, Bammes, Speed. These are really valuable sources of knowledge for learning how to draw and paint.

Recommended Free Ebooks for learning how to draw and paint - Loomis, Bammes, Speed

I recommend you study these books daily and apply what you learn into studies and your artwork. I recommend you study in this order but it’s really up to you. 1. Fun with a Pencil 2. Successful Drawing 3. Practice and Science of Drawing 4. I give more information and discuss these books in the video here Download them here: In this video I give an overview of some great free ebooks out there for fundamental knowledge for drawing and painting.

These do not present digital art techniques but the methods and foundational knowledge can definately be applied to the digital platform. The books discussed are mainly by Andrew Loomis (Click titles to download) Drawing Books - Open books for Creative Minds! How to Draw Eyes - Structure. Viewfinder Innovations : Painting Perceptions. Today I thought I would turn to something more mundane and practical – but very useful for painting outdoors and for perceptual painters.

Viewfinder Innovations : Painting Perceptions

A reexamination of new viewfinder possibilities. For such a simple but useful tool, people have come up with all kinds of new and interesting approaches and ideas for this. A google search did not disappoint me when I started poking around. Artwork Essentials has a 6 x 8 with color isolator holes and what looks like a clear plastic cover with grid lines on it that allows you to draw directly on the viewfinder to work out general compositional shapes I images. It is quite reasonable at 10 bucks for the larger and 5 for the small one and if you routinely make paintings that fit that ratio is seems worth the investigation. pictureperfect Here is another viewfinder that combines a value scale and red filter for judging values as well as a grid overlay at that looks promising.

Charles Hawthorne << Previous Post - - Next Post >> Lucy Barber. My Sketchbook Project Submission 2011. Suspended Pen on an XY Plotter: The Drawing Machine. Eye drawing. The Sketchbook Challenge: A View of a Room-Susan R. Sorrell. When Carol Sloan announced this month's challenge, View, the first thing that came to my mind was my trusty View Finder!

The Sketchbook Challenge: A View of a Room-Susan R. Sorrell

I have several view finders, but this is the one I carry around with my sketch book. It is a 2" x 2" square cut out of a piece of white poster board. (I also have bigger view finders that are made with ready made photo mats that I keep at the studio and use with my fabrics) This small one is easy to tuck into my sketch book and pull out when I need to isolate an area. I have found that when you isolate part of a scene, it is easier to "digest" and doesn't look daunting to draw. Plus, it helps me to compose my drawing and break it down in shapes. While I was walking around my condo with my view finder, I was trying to find interesting compositions and then I found my mountain of shoes! I love the composition of the shoe mountain and decided this would make a great contour line drawing. And it might even become a new embroidery series!

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