Exercise #1 Instructions:
1. [b]Read chapter one.[/b]
2. Spend 1 hour (longer if you choose) and [b]complete the three exercises.[/b] Post
[b](edit) your portrait[/b] (which is part of the Exercise #1): which is found at the end of chapter 2 on pages 15,16, and 17.
3. The first exercise will have minimum critiques. The first drawings have
A) To get you drawing.
B) They are something for you to look back on when all of this is done and will allow you to compare your progress.
[b][i]Optional[/i]:[/b] For those of you who have the separately sold companion [b]work book,[/b] you can do the [b]"draw the corner of the room"[/b] exercise as well.
[b]There are no wrong or right ways to do this ~ just do the best you can. [/b] Do
not be afraid to post as there will be no critiques on your first attempts.
We just want to get you drawing as much as possible! :)
[b]P.S. [/b]~ If you have the time do some more drawings, draw your foot, an apple,
a box, etc. Just [b]don't post these[/b] as we are mainly interested in the
results of the listed exercise.
Exercise #2 Instructions:[/b][/u]
1) You have [b]1 Week[/b] to complete the exercise.
2) [b]Read[/b] [b]up to page 50.[/b]
a) In the next bit of reading many of the questions to why we did the previous exercises will be answered.
3) Complete the [b]exercise on page 50.[/b]
Time: [b]this exercise should take 5-6 minustes[/b]
Materials needed: Book ( you have to read the directions carefully), pencil, paper and vocal chords.
4) [b]Post your work [/b]and a small paragraph explaining any problems (as explained in the book) that you might have had.
[u][b]Exercise #3 Instructions: (posted 11-11-05)[/b][/u]
So far, the goal of the exercises has been to (re)discover the state of mind (R-mode) that is better at observing/drawing. There is still one to come, and a very important one to prepare for the core of the drawing exercises. After that, the book begins with practising the basic principles of drawing. I’d like to take a big step forward by working up to the point where we can begin on basic drawing principles in the next set of instructions.
It's quite a lot of work, so I'd like to extend the time to finish these exercises to:
Please read this chapter as it helps you to understand why you draw the way you do and that it’s not a shortcoming or lack of talent, but a stage in the natural development of artists.
2. If you have kept any of your childhood drawings or decide to draw one from memory, please feel free to share them. :). That would be really great!
3. Read to page 98
Exercise page 89: Pure Contour Drawing. Not a “spectacular” exercise, the objective is to experience pure observation, draw exactly what you see. No more, no less. In a very real way, it’s a form of zen-meditation. Instread of “just sitting”, it’s “just drawing”. Live in the here and now and that sort of stuff.
Reread “drawing materials” (page 13) and make the picture plane and viewfinders if you haven’t done so already. This is really crucial to learn to draw realistically quickly, so please take the time to make them. If you want to work digitally, using guidelines on a separate layer works just as well as an alternative for the picture plane in the later
exercises, but you will still benefit from the viewfinders and doing the next exercise with the picture plane…
6. Exercise on pages 96/97/98: Trace your hand in forshortened position through the picture plane.
I'm looking forward to your drawings. Have fun!
[/b] [left]Exercise #4
Almost halfway through the book!
From now on the exercises focus on the basic principles of drawing as
mentioned in the book: edge, shape, relationships, value (light and
dark) and gesture (gestalt).
There’s only one exercise left in chapter 6, but I think it’s a very
important one and I strongly recommend practising drawing edges from a
photo or from life as often as you can, using the viewfinder/guideline
method before moving on to shapes/negative space.
Some great photo references to practise on can be found in these threads:
http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=295498 (15 minute sketchathon)
http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=257570 (Reference for
Anatomical ansd Figurative Art)
Exercise #4 instructions
Step 7 of this exercise is especially important. It takes a lot of
practise to judge the length and angle of a line accurately without any
I hope the story of Vincent van Gogh on page 103 has convinced you there
is nothing wrong with using a few tricks in the beginning. In time, you
won’t need them anymore.
[center][u][b]Exercise #5 Instructions: (posted 12-16-05)[/b][/u]
The next chapter - chapter 7 - deals with two prime concepts of art. Or
three actually, because they are closely related.
These concepts are:
- negative space
Instead of seeing edges (which most people do when they first begin to
draw), the exercise now concentrates on shapes, but in a whacky way.
You’re going to look at everything BUT the subject you want to draw.
Most people “overfocus” on the subject. Because the subject is
meaningful, especially when the subject is a fellow human being,
everything else becomes unimportant. And here’s an almost mindboggling
paradox: if you focus on the shape of the space around or outside the
subject, your drawing will represent the subject to perfection!
Learning to see negative space takes practise and… the non-judgemental
state of mind you’ve come to know as the right side of the brain. Forget
about the subject that is so compelling, try to focus on the surrounding
Now for the exercise:
- Read chapter 7
- Drawing exercise “the chair” on page 127
- If you have the time, also try the drawings of “child seated in a
wicker chair” by Homer and the study made by the Flemish painter Rubens
on page 135. The trick is NOT to focus on the idea “oh, I’m copying a
Rubens!” but only pay attention to the spaces between the drawn subjects.
Note: I will post additional information in the thread.
Above all: Have fun!
[i][b]NOTE FOR NEWCOMERS:[/b][/i]
[b]Please feel free to join in at any time you like. [/b]There's no need to wait for the next workshop. Start with exercise #1 above and post your work.
Also please note that prior to an accident, Shaun / Stipick_S was singularly dedicated[/b] to this Workshop. While he is fine, he will, for the time being, be unable to continue to host this Workshop. Margie has graciously agreed to step in.
~Margie and Rebeccak