Using Contour as the Framework

January 24, 2016 § Leave a comment

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I will be recommending books that I believe will help you along your journey of self discovery through drawing and will start with my book the Little Book of Drawing; a Friendly Approach. This book is unlike others in that it highlights the contour line as the framework for your personality and emotion, composition, and reveals form and depth.  My drawing of Lauren illustrates the importance of the contour.  Notice that my contour is unique with its curvilinear quality and quirkiness.  Yours will be much different.  By allowing your hand and pencil to become an extension of your eye, you lose your inhibitions and connect with the subject.  This gradated pencil drawing allows that line or contour to show through.

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Contour of Joe and Frankie

October 7, 2015 § 2 Comments

This is the contour for a drawing of our grandson Joe and his Boston Terrier Frankie.  This is the stage where I get in all of the crucial information and provides the framework for the finished gradations.  Taken into account is the light source, area of focus, and a true sense of form or what is three dimensional about my subject.

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The Importance of Contour Drawing

June 3, 2015 § Leave a comment

Persephone contoursHere are a pair of contours or line drawings of the sculpture of Persephone.  Contour drawing lies at the heart of my teaching of drawing.  It allows you as the artist to envision your composition; thinking all the way out to the edges.  It provides the sense of a light source giving your subjects form or a three dimensional nature,  But most importantly, by drawing blind and not keeping one’s head buried in the paper and instead on the subject, it reveals your personality.  The hand becomes a tool of the eye and the contour becomes truly unique to you!!

The Power of Telling our Stories

April 28, 2015 § 2 Comments

IMG_4744    I am showing you a contour of a still life consisting of garlic.  This tool does much of the work for you,  It is revealing of form by demonstrating the light source, laying out your composition, and letting your personality pour out onto the page.  This contour is part of a two drawing series that merely looks at a changing light source.   Here are the gradations that were based on informative contour.  We can begin to say more about our subject material when we examine ways to say something different about it.  Here, we keep the placement of the still life the same and change the light source.gradated garlicIMG_4747

Garlic Still Life

April 8, 2015 § 2 Comments

I’m showing the informative nature of the contour as it provides the framework for the finished gradation of garlic and cloves. contour of garlic Notice how the contour allows you to reveal your thought process of compositional considerations, the light source, area of emphasis. Once you have determined those elements, you are free to keep your eye on the subject and allow your personality to flow out onto the page. At this point, I keep my eye on the subject, let my hand become an extension of the eye, and rarely look at the surface of the paper. The contour line moves from light to dark describing the three dimensional nature of the subject, the light source, and the storyline you have set forth. Notice how my contour is curvilinear in nature. Yours will be very different. You can find examples such as these in my book The Little Book of Drawing; a Friendly Approach. My teaching style is encouraging in nature and allows you to try different media, techniques, and to find your own personal style of story telling through drawing. gradated garlic

Edie

February 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

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I’m posting a contour drawing of a wonderful little girl formerly named Sorissa and now called Edie by her adoptive parents.  She has such a smiling face and I was attracted to her black and white characteristics which will contrast with the light source.  I am hopefully working to submit this piece to Deviant Art which is show meant to dispel the myth of the dangerous nature of the Pit Bull and Rottweiler. A wonderful example of the warm nature of these animals is Edie.  The contour provides the framework for the watercolor and colored pencil drawing.  It provides me with so much information about the light source, the form and color of the body under the fur that if I never saw Edie’s picture again, I could complete the work.  I’ll show this in stages.

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