Pairing the Contour with the Finished Gradation

June 11, 2015 § Leave a comment

IMG_3576     In understanding the power of the contour to provide the framework for your finished work, it always helps to pair both.  In seeing the lights and darks of the line drawing to inform you of the light source, point of focus, the layout of the composition and reveal your personality alongside the gradation based on that contour, it helps to clarify things.  Here is the side view of Persephone in contour and gradation.

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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

Still Life Using Stippling, Hatching, and Scribble

November 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

This is the same still life of pumpkins using a variety of textural techniques such as stippling, hatching, and scribble instead of just stippling. One gets a very different effect here; perhaps a more energized drawing.IMG_4699

Fall Still Life

November 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

Here is a contour and finished gradation in stippling of a Fall still life. The contour provides me with the framework for the gradation. I even included the small letter s’s to indicate where the shadows lay. These notations whether on the page or in a notebook help you as the artist remember key elements. The contour exists on it’s own in places as it leads you in and out of the composition.
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Lauren in the Looking Glass

November 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

A drawing of Lauren when she was young peering into a mirror on a music cabinet. Notice how the value spectrum really opens up to include whites to very darks leading you as the viewer into the looking glass.IMG_4704

Anna and Clare at Play

November 5, 2014 § Leave a comment

At last, the final drawing of a three part series of Anna and Clare in a tunnel at the playground. The first shows them contemplating things, the second; beginning to move, and now, they are in full motion. Whee!! Again, I’m showing the contour or line drawing with the finished gradation. Serial imagery allows you to take full advantage of a train of thought.IMG_4691

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