Thursday, December 14, 2017

What does it mean "to Draw"? Painting & Drawing Tips

The last couple of months I have been working on a series of post about how to draw, ways to get started, things to focus on, ways to celebrate success.

But I felt something was missing.  
What does it mean "to draw"?  Many people come to me for lessons 'wanting to learn to draw.'  Talking with them I find there are many different answers.  

I searched around the Internet looking for a definition of what it means 'to draw': "In fine art, the term "drawing" may be defined as the linear realization of visual objects, concepts, emotions, and fantasies, including symbols and even abstract forms." Encyclopedia of Art . 

This seems so dry.  Not the real picture.


FAR FROM THE MADDENING CROWD - Certainly how we sometimes feel at this time of year. 

Drawing is an adventure. 

Like any explorer you study your subject and decide where you will start.  Sometimes it is very logical, a shape or a line.  And sometimes you just like the way the lines converge on a spot; eye candy. 

Then you're off and running.  Moving further and further away from your starting point, gathering more and more detail. Refining a spot.  Popping in a dark.  Checking your perspective. Stepping back.  Checking.  Feeling the pull to get back in.  Draw some more. 

Questioning?  What is that? Never mine, go back.  What do you really see?  Don't try to make sense.  Move on.

Suddenly he is alive. 

JOEY - Those eyes just grab you.  It seems like he really is there on the paper. 

Your cat, your bird, whatever you are drawing is there, staring at you, waiting.

You get pulled in again, fix the nose.  Where are the whiskers?  He needs a mouth.   Move along.  You like that feathery pattern.  So soft and yet such sharp points.  Get that soft fluffy spot under his chin.  Keep moving.
JOEY -  8 x 10 - Commission

He's done. There. Alive.


 It's dark out.  Where has the day gone?

Is drawing your adventure?  Do you get lost in it?  Drawing doesn't have to be just with a pencil, next post I will show you different ways I draw.  I am sure you have more as well. 

Looking for more Drawing Tips, check out my previous posts in this drawing series.  

How to Find Your Starting Point in a Drawing - here
4 Ways to Grow the Sketchbook Habit - here
Time to Meet Your Drawing Friends - here
Ready to Start Drawing - Get Your Materials Together - here
Get Those Values Working for you - here
Blenders the Secret to the Soft Touch of Graphite - here 
Values and Colours in Action - here

   Christmas is coming, here are a few ideas for those Art Lovers and Artists on your list:  
- Private Drawing Lessons with Wendy Mould
- Original Art
- Prints, Magnets & Memo Pads featuring Wendy's Work
See my website or contact Wendy to visit her Studio/Gallery to purchase

Etsy Shop now Open: WendyMouldsArt  Come on In!! 

Special Offer: Free Shipping with your order of 5 or more  Christmas Doodle Cards or Get Instant  Down Load with the digital Cards. Print as many as you wish. Still time till Christmas to personalize your cards with colour.  Your Special People will be WOWED by the Cards.

Kitten and Puppy are happy to be featured on those Special Card

Time to Move Inside and Draw
Drop-In & Draw: 
January Dates: Tues, January 9 & January 23, 2018
Expressions Art Gallery, 227 & Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge.  
Choose a morning or afternoon session. Bring your sketchbook or your project and come draw.  I will be happy to give you a few pointers as you work on a drawing.  $15 Pre-Register Required. Contact Wendy Here

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