Drawing and Painting timelapse

A timelapse video of the entire process, from drawing to painting:

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2. Structure

Drawing is a skill where your eyes, hand and brain are in co-ordination. It is a complex skill of managing numerous fundamentals, simultaneously. Which can be learnt progressively. Following are the fundamentals:

  1. Gesture
  2. Form
  3. Perspective
  4. Anatomy
  5. Values
  6. Light
  7. Composition
  8. Colour

We learn about each of these in subsequent posts and also see how application of each step enhances our drawing skills. Sycra discusses more on these fundamentals and on what careers one can consider in the art field: http://tinyurl.com/jlqgmrg

I am sharing youtube videos and textbooks that I referred to majorly while learning on each topic. It is beneficial if you not remain contained with the links provided here and do some surfing on the authors and their other works.

  1. Gesture
    1. Gesture Drawing for Animation- Walt Stanchfield
    2. Youtube – Alphonso Dunn https://goo.gl/ktdPHrhttps://goo.gl/XjfJxk
    3. Youtube – Glenn Vilppu http://tinyurl.com/zvhz2m7
  2. Form
    1. Karl Gnass – http://tinyurl.com/j7ygen3
    2. Michael Hampton – Figure Drawing: Design and Invention
    3. Robert Beverly Hale
  3. Perspective
    1. Scott Robertson – How to draw
    2. Perspective For Comic Book Artists, How to Achieve a Professional Look in Your Artwork
  4. Anatomy
    1. Robert Beverly Hale
    2. Youtube- Croquis Cafe
    3. Fritz Schider – An Atlas of Anatomy for Artists
  5. Values
    1. Scott Robertson – How to Render – The Fundamentals of Light, Shadow and Reflectivity
  6. Light
    1.  Danielson Gooneyberryart http://tinyurl.com/headnzk Part 1 and 2
    2. Scott Robertson – How to Render – The Fundamentals of Light, Shadow and Reflectivity
    3. Color and Light – James Gurney
  7. Composition – will update
  8. Colour
    1. Color and Light – James Gurney
    2. Pascal Campion’s works
    3. Sycra – http://tinyurl.com/oe3szl2

 

We discuss each topic in detail ahead in this series. We first start with some basic warm up exercises.

 

1. Believe

To be able to draw is considered by many as a skill one is born with and which cannot be learned actively. You have to be “talented” to be able to draw. This myth deserves to be debunked. Drawing is a skill which can be learned similar to how we learn to read, drive or swim. There are basic rules just like in other disciplines. Once we know these rules and have practiced enough, we can draw. No, it does not take 10,000 hours to have practiced enough. When I started my journey of learning to draw, I used to simply start copying other drawings and paintings with no thinking and get demoralised when they didn’t turn out good. I thought that a good painting was just made. Just like that. This is a fallacy. Only because Art creates emotions we tend to think that only emotions are enough to create Art. I thought the same. That a painting was just created by a feeling. As I read some books and understood more on the process of drawing, I realised there is a solid study that goes into this. Studies of things I didn’t even know existed. Drawing is a very active process where one has to think and design an emotion. Mastery is a stage when the design is very close to that of nature’s and beyond. When one has grasped the technical part so well that one can design emotions very efficiently through them. Once we strip off this myth of unattainability and look at the monster in the eye, that is where we start. Once we start to believe – I can draw whatever I see and whatever I can imagine.

That is when the question of “How” arises. There is a process and there is practice. No one can tell how much time you will need to learn how to draw. That depends on your personal standard and your grasping skills, but the smarter you work the faster you learn. It is an amazing feeling to depict an emotion, an idea, a thought visually. It isn’t talent, it is practice and that is it. For those who want to learn to draw but have no clue whatsoever where to start and what to learn, I am sharing some insights I learned in my journey. I am sure you will learn something out of this. I am starting with utmost basics of how, where, what and why. I will be happy to have your feedback and comments on any part so that we can both learn better.

How to learn – For me it is important to know what I am going towards. When I started, I was clear that I wanted to depict ideas through drawings. For depicting ideas, I had to learn drawing people which in turn meant I had to learn all the fundamentals of drawing(Covered in next post). It is important to know how you learn most efficiently. I learn best when I keep trying out what I want to do and then keep fixing what seems to be missing. I cannot learn in a linear manner. I am sure you already have a hint of how you learn the best. If not then just follow this course. Let me know what you think about it. Let’s start 🙂