Learning Perspective

I haven’t fallen off of a cliff. Just FYI.

Lately I’ve made a change from the art of writing to the art of painting. I’m learning to paint from a classically trained artist in a small, self-paced class. It is absorbing a lot of my mental time even though I’m physically drawing only about six hours a week.

I’d like to post bits and pieces of things I’m learning as I go.

I’ve been working on learning how to draw again. It started with learning to hold charcoal in a painterly way, i.e., not like a pencil. Next was learning to connect with the paper, to feel it physically as I draw. Then learning just rough sketching and then correction techniques for sizing and placing objects. I’m becoming much faster and freer in my sketches. I did this one in under 10 minutes at the end of class today:

This kind of thing would have taken hours in the past, so I feel like it’s a breakthrough. Another angle:

I’ve come far enough that next time I’ll get to start working on tone, which is all about highlights and shade. I’m pretty excited about that.

So that’s what I’ve been up to.

Categories: Art, Brain Workouts


6 replies

  1. Of course you’re doing something so cool! Nice work. :)

  2. How fun! I’ve thought about taking a drawing class sometime in the future when I have a little more time. Let me know how it goes!

  3. Hi,
    I am taking a class on blogging. Our first assignment was to find some blogs that interested us, so I went to WordPress’ website and did a search for learning to draw.

    Wow, your still life is looking great!!!

    It must be nice living somewhere that you can go take classes from a person.

    I want to learn to draw. When I have tried to draw anything before, I could never get the proportions correct. Example, drawing one of my cats…the ears may be too big or the head too small. How does a person learn to get it right?

    I am trying to learn to draw from a book and it’s accompanying dvd. It has me using grids. I will only be using them for a short while. The author says, with practice, I’ll stop using them.

    I will bookmark your blog and come back to delve more into your past blogs.

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