The benefits of sketching varies and are visual brain storms in most cases. The amount of time that goes into a sketch tends to be shorter then a drawing which eventually leads up to the final drawing. Sometimes we may have five or more sketches to translate over to a drawing or painting. Often sketching is the tool to wake are senses and get the creative juices flowing.
However, the importance of sketching from life is essential to build the practice needed to draw with confidence and to develop the eye too; hand coordination , then later (after good practice) to gather the ability to translate this skill to any surface size as you wish.
Drawing and Sketching is the standard and most fundamental art, it and has been for eons. This is the tool which depicted illustrations in caves,on walls, the manner engineers illustrated blue prints for artchitecture,sculptors started out with sketch,and the list goes on... . During this day and age drawing is mostly expressed as a form of art in various mediums. Sketching remains the same, as a tool to generate a plan for a drawing,but sometimes sketches are really fine or creative and therefore in itself a work of art.
Dr. Martin Luther King - An icon for american civil right leadership who supported the "Dream",and gave his life for the "Dream" in effort for civil liberties for all people was born this day, in the year 1929. Dr. King attributed civil right movements and lead by doing and showing that peace,love,and civil obedience were the means of promoting and petitioning peace which are proved to be the principals to spread change. The legacy of Dr. King is timelessly remarkable and his work will never go unnoticed. The work of Dr. King is the inspiration for may scholars from all subjects of school and life including me.
Therefore my inspiration to paint Dr. King on a 11x14 canvas was essential. An Alla Prima approach with oil. In addition to my painting is a short video of the Dr.King monument
Friday the 13th and Art sort of have a lot in common. For sarters, art stems from history,which transforms in a way of thinking and in turn develops a supernatural construct when viewed by the world. The main difference is the state of mind, and the viewers perception when viewing Art or Friday the 13th. The frequency of the "dreaded" day is few and far in-between, but Art is everyday and is not viewed as superstitious;although, it has been know to contain superstitious content.
The first example of Art of which maybe perceived as having superstitious content is the work of Giorgio De Chirico (1888-1978). Giorgio's dynamic compositions work well using perspective and supernatural content to create landscapes of what some call metaphysical or surreal. However, there was no hocus-pocus to the painting methods of Giorgio's paintings. The artist used a a classical approach to painting in regards to light source,perspective and some subject matter. This type of work yielded the depth needed to capture the viewers attention.
Some viewers of his work may see a similar motif here to another artist who became very well known for his surreal subject matter... .
I want to leave you with a quote- "A black cat crossing your path signifies the animal is going some where", Groucho Marx.
Below you will find some books about the artist as reference or purchase to add to your library. In addition the video below shows examples of his work.
"You can't do enough sketches. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh.", John Singer Sargent, (January 12, 1856-April 4, 1925). John Singer Sargent was a very prolific portrait artist and one of my inspirations to no, end. In memory of his birthday today, I'm posting some of his drawings,paintings and books about the artist. This is in tribute to his persistent devotion to figure drawing and painting.
Happy birthday John S. Sargent- Cheers!
Salvador Dali once said," Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It's either good or bad." Despite the eccentric being of Dali, this statement is quite true, and the reality of it all is that anybody can learn to draw... . Yes, that means you too. Time,proper practice and dedication will yield results you would never imagine. But why learn to draw? It's inexpensive and can be done anywhere with little to carry along. What should I draw? People,nature,food,or anything you imagination can think of.
For beginning artist the next question is how do I draw? Which is a valid question because there's so many drawing supplies and papers to use,not including style and technique variations. However, for starters keep it simple don't overwhelm yourself with a perfect drawing the first time,keep it light and sketchy,learn to refine later,but most important learn the basics and you will see sooner or later that these principals are used in all drawing endeavors. To learn the basics, I'd suggest a book by Betty Edwards- The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain .
To start drawing, you will need the basics- pencils,sketch pad or book and erasers. Pencils come in various grades and hardness types. I suggest these pencils to start out with the Hb is the lightest pencil and the 2b is a great sketch pencil to start and develop your drawing because it's easy to erase. The 6b pencil will be reserved to add your darker darks later. Paper or sketch pads ought to be acid free. Canson is a great product and the size and shape of this pad with the spiral bound paper makes a perfect drawing support for lefties and right handed people. Erasers are needed to get a clean erase. I suggest a few types starting with a kneaded eraser also Generals Factis eraser work really well and combo pack of a kneaded eraser and Factis eraser can be purchased here.
My purpose for this post is to introduce you all to drawing, and keep in mind this is just the beginning and introduction to drawing with pencils. Happy drawing everybody, post your work here,or share you drawing tidbit.
As a child the first and foremost wonderful piece of art that I recall was of Michelagnelos' work in the Sistine chapel. The glorious gestures of the figure combined with dynamic composition and color moved my eye further and since have studied in greater depth the process of fresco painting while taking a Chemistry of Art course at Sacramento City College.
In a nut shell, fresco painting is the method of applying specially selected pigment on a wet surface prepared with lime plaster,as the special lime plaster dries, the pigment is drawn into the wall and is unified one with the wall surface. The labor intensive art form is a form of art which very few master,but can be seen through out the world in various civilizations that used plaster-wet or dry- then to apply paint on the plastered surface.
My first attempt at fresco painting happened on a small ceramic tile which was done in lab class during the course of Chemistry of Art. The pigments were from Sinopia and If i recall correctly so was the lime plaster mixture which applied in two steps. My sketch was one which was a random thirty second whim of a young character coming of age during Pre-Columbian times. I approached to transferring the sketch using the pouncing method as Michelangelo would have. Next, I started to paint and yielded this end result. Please click on the orange links above to see more information about the fresco process and some of the material used.
New years eve 2011 was great! I had a great time grooving and moving with S12 party people,artists,and musicians. When I arrived, I found the place was packed, wall to wall with festive party goers dressed in Moulin Rouge theme. The picture above gives you a little idea. However my new year celebration wasn't complete until I came home and was able to watch the global NYE count down. Alas! my new years spirit was able to rest well.
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