27 April, 2011

You might try drawing from television.

Drawing from Television
Have you ever drawn from television? If you aren't able to make it to any of the drawing events and still would like to learn to draw portraits, or anything scenic, I would recommend drawing  from a movie that you like or even a news reporter. Drawing news reporters is similar in a way to drawing models  because they are sitting relatively still, yet, there is some motion. It trains you to think fast and capture things that aren't always still.

Drawing a News Reporter
When freeze-framing a movie, you can get used to seeing the interesting way the movie designers choreographed the shots and lit them. It may give you some ideas.

Also,  in the interest of keeping active in learning to see and draw, I think it is a good idea to carry a small sketchbook with you. There are all sorts, but I have come to prefer the white ones with sturdy paper that come in portrait format. They are pretty easy to carry around.

It is also pretty open to choice as far as what medium you choose to draw with. I use pens and ink for their simplicity, but I would hardly recommend one thing only as it is limitless what kinds of art can be made and tools.

If you are just beginning however, I would recommend either a pencil, or pen. That should focus first on acquiring the necessary drafting/rendering  skills. That is important before venturing too far into color.

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26 April, 2011

Portrait Challenge #1 - Grace Bumbry

Recently (April 17th)we started a weekly Portrait Challenge.  The subject of our weekly challenges will be Saint Louis personalities. First chosen randomly was Grace Brumby the opera singer.

Here's the scoop from that event:

Weekly I will post a "Portrait of the Week" drawing challenge that is open to members of the meetup. Each week it will involve drawing a portrait of some Saint Louis personality living or passed. I will pick a name randomly from a list of celebrities that I have.
Note: If you want to make a suggestion for the next week, then do so.
Rules: Draw the person of the week and you may use photographs. However, you cannot draw from a photo exactly. Instead research the person and draw their portrait from a different angle or in an imagined costume. The point is to see shapes and geometry that make up character regardless of angle as opposed to a limited view of a photograph.
If is seems a bit overwhelming, and for instance all you can get done is say a set of eyes, so be it. Use what time you have to focus on form and expression and take it as far as you can.

Here are some of the drawings from Challenge #1:

Brian Anderson (above)

Michael Anderson (above)

And on to Challenge #2:
The Challenge starting the week of April 24th, 2011 is Yogi Berra.

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