A Practical Approach To Drawing

Mark Hill, Fine Artist

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6 Lessons (40m)
    • 1. Introduction

      2:14
    • 2. Materials

      4:42
    • 3. Setting Up

      3:03
    • 4. Beginning the Drawing

      11:59
    • 5. Refining the Drawing

      10:38
    • 6. Finishing Up

      7:16

Project Description

Drawing from observation using still-lives

Our main goal in this class is go from a blank sheet of paper to a finished 'block-in', or line drawing. Drawings typically work in various stages, and this particular stage is just the starting process. The objective here is to learn how to observe something in front of you and replicate it on your paper using various ways of measuring and mark making. 

I'll be working from a plaster cast(which are often used in traditional art schools), but this isn't necessary. I'd recommend students use any simple object that they can place in front of them and use a light on so that the object has some simple shadows. 

The final result students should aim for is a simple line drawing that has a good sense of structure and proportion. The drawing shouldn't be 'shaded' or modeled with shadows, but just a clear, descriptive, linear drawing. 

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