This is not an easy question to answer. Eggs can make a big difference when you make an omellete or when you bake a cake. But art; how is it even possible a tub of eggs to make a difference to your art? Well, it does play an important role – a tab of 15 eggs can actually make you create one of the most sophisticated and beautiful artworks you have ever made. The recipe is very simple.
If you are not a professional full time artist, you have most probably struggled at some stage to make time for art. Our daily routine can sometimes be tough and leave no space for anything else than work, family or other obligations. On the other hand, if you are reading this, it means that art provides you with a good shelter of relaxation and expression; and thus it is an important part of your life. How can we find the right balance though and incorporate art in our life daily? Well, it is not too complicated!
Start is tough; unless you know how to deal with it
Starting painting is tempting, however it is not very easy to keep yourself motivated after a few unsuccessful sessions. There are a few reasons why people give up, and there are a few ways to help you move forward. Being a beginner artist myself I understand that although improving the painting technique is a never-ending process, keeping yourself motivated is a matter of a few simple steps.
So…this was the second Monday drawing Tess; she will be with us for one more week. Again, our tutor introduced us to the main subject of study…that was muscles around the breast, the shoulders and the shoulder blades. As usually the model posed for 3-5min in different positions highlighting how these muscles stretch and contract.
Following a short tea break we got back to class for the long pose which we agreed last week. Although I didn’t manage to complete my drawing last week, I decided to change position so I had the chance to practice looking from a different angle. As you have probably understood already my aim is not to create a portfolio of complete drawings at this stage, but to practice my drawing skills.
This week I was really pleased to reach even closer to a more complete result. I was happy to understand how the bones under and around the neck sit and how the muscles pull around the shoulders. Next week I ll focus even more on this (I ll be starting a new sketchpad anyway…you can see the lines from a previous quick sketch I had to erase as I ran out of paper…).
“…my aim is not to create a portfolio of complete drawings at this stage, but to practice my drawing skills.”
I understand there is plenty of work to be done here, however in combination with practising on Busts I feel experience is building up. If you have any feedback even at this very early stage I would be happy to hear!
The Artist says:
“I recently decided to attend Life Drawing classes; all the work produced during these classes can be found in this collection.
The sketches here are not necessarily finalised pieces of work; this is not my intention anyway. This collection mainly aims to provide with a timeline showing how my work improves as I attend more and more classes. Hopefully, building up experience and skill will be reflected on the quality of my sketches.”
Art is more fun when you meet the artists themselves! Visit THE ARTIST…
“I am a self taught portrait and animal artist based in Manchester, UK. At a young age I began experimenting with art (I come from a very artistic family, so art was always a large part of my life), but quickly found myself overwhelmed with education and jobs. Because of this I went through a 7 year period of not drawing, not painting, not even thinking about art. It was only 2 years ago that I picked up my pencils again and decided to make a career out of my artwork. I now work as a freelance artist and couldn’t ask for a better job. Art, for me, is just like meditation, it relaxes and helps clear my head of any day to day stresses and I honestly couldn’t imagine a world without it. I mainly draw in chalk and charcoal but am starting to experiment with oil paints.”
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Right, in the previous article we made it clear that the horizon is directly connected to your eyes level. That means the higher you stand you will be able to see things from above and vice versa; you will be able to see things from below when you stand lower. How does this affect your drawings though?
The lines tend to vanish as they go closer to the horizon. You can imagine the horizon as a big linear hoover that sucks the lines of your drawings. EVERYTHING has to vanish into your horizon. And this applies even to the objects that are very close to yourself. Even these gradually vanish in to the horizon. Lines can be interrupted before they actually reach the horizon ie. the small carton box standing in front of you doesn’t need to reach your horizon line to vanish, however the extension of its lines will do reach.
Of course “vanishing into the horizon” is quite a vague phrase and everyone can interpret in various different ways. In reality perspective follows specific rules and the easiest way to understand it is by using the “vanishing points”. The vanishing points attract all lines of the drawing – this is where your lines actually vanish. A drawing can have 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 vanishing points. Working with 2 vanishing points is a good start for a beginner and once you master this you can easily start using 3 points.
Now lets grab some paper, a pencil and a rubber and start drawing in perspective. Move to the next article:
“The article above as well as the whole series of the Sketching Advice articles is an effort to put together my knowledge and offer it to fellow artists in their first steps in as simple words as possible . I am not a professional artist or tutor, however I have spent some time sketching and through trial and error I realised that following some basic principles can simplify sketching a lot. Feel free to ask any questions and I ll be glad to help if I can .”
“My name is Marilyn Boissonneault and my artist name is Pouliche Electrique. I’m from Montreal, Canada, and like so many others I’ve been drawing since I could hold a pen. Doesn’t mean I was good! But I kept practicing, practicing, and practicing even more. I am in love with Acrylic painting at the moment but I’m always thrilled to try new mediums.”
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“I am self taught portrait artist Billy T from Berkshire , U.K . Art is my life , it’s all I know , it runs through my veins. I paint for paintings sake , it draws me in, I can’t live without it. Theres’s something about the painting of people’s portraits that truly intrigues me , to capture their essence , their souls on canvas/paper is the most technically challenging of subjects but also the one of the most rewarding .”
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Following a week’s wonderful holiday in Greece we are back to reality and daily work in the UK. This holiday inspired me and gave me motivation to continue with my work here at CHROMA.
An exciting visit to Acropolis, Athens and the state of the art Acropolis Museum reminded of the beauty of Ancient Greek architecture and how this ties in with the temperament of the modern Greek city life. Hopefully, I will be able to incorporate this feeling and experience in one of my following painting collections.
Being under the bright blue cloudless Greek sky for a few days boosted my motivation to continue with my Greek Island collection. Clear skies, bright sun and crystal water is what occupies my mind after this brief visit and I am looking forward to grabbing my brushes and putting this on a canvas.
During my leave I had the chance to get in touch with some very talented artists and the following weeks you will have the chance to see their work displayed in the Featured Artists section here on CHROMA.