Saturday, April 17, 2010

Week Lost Track - Famous Artists Course Chapeter 2

Here's my notes from chapter 2 of the Famous Artists Course:

-Every object is made up of one or more of the following: box, cylinder, cone, sphere.
-Draw every object all the way through before applying detail
-Light and shade helps a drawing be more convincing but the basic drawing must be able to stand on its own, shade can't fix a bad drawing.
-Shadow must be consistent, not draw attention away from the main focus, and clarify form, not confuse it.
-Every form needs its own space in which it exist. Clearly show each objects relationship in space to each other.
-Think of your drawing space as a window, which you can see the solid shapes through.
-When you draw forms, think of them as enclosed each in its own individual box.
-Draw forms as you would actually see them from where you stand or sit. (forms change in appearance depending upon eye level).
-The further away an object, the smaller it appears, also the distance between objects lessens.
-The "true horizon" is always the level of one's eyes.
-Proportion is another important factor. Note proportions before putting pencil to paper. "see, observe, remember."
-To communicate quickly with an image, you must present an identifying view of your subject, so their forms are easy to recognize. (often silhouette). If the flat shape is interesting and quickly tells what the object is, then the form can be even more interesting when drawn in its full three dimensions.
-When drawing, do the big shapes first before going into any detail.

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