A teak chair, drawn with a soft graphite pencil

April 9, 2012

And today’s drawing is: a chair. This is one of a set of teak chairs that I got on eBay after we moved into the house. They have held up really well. I like the way this came out, though the armrest on the far side is not so good. And I do wish I [...]

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Pencil drawing of Rufus lying down

April 2, 2012

This is today’s drawing: Rufus lying down. I went outside to try to draw the garden again. That did not work out very well, but I looked down and saw him, and so I took a shot at it. I think he came out okay, though I messed up his nose a bit, and his [...]

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Seeing and touching

March 29, 2012

I was flipping through the book The Natural Way to Draw by Nicolaides today, and found this instruction in the very first exercise: Place the point of your pencil on the paper. Without taking your eyes off the model, wait until you are convinced that the pencil is touching that point on the model upon [...]

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Exercise: Shading an Egg… or a Stone

March 24, 2012

Being able to create effects of light and shadow is tremendously important in drawing. Even if you never attempt to draw and shade folds of fabric (which is a challenge, trust me), you still need to be able to make simple effects that will suggest light and shade to a normal viewer. This takes practice. [...]

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Drawing of my hand

March 22, 2012

This is a pretty standard early drawing exercise. Its a good way to record where you are at the beginning of your study of drawing. So I did a drawing of my hand to show you how badly I draw when I’m out of practice. Alas, getting into practice may take several months, but if [...]

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Self portrait

March 18, 2012

This is so bad I almost don’t want to post it, but it is important to put it up here, because I have to start somewhere. I drew this self-portrait as the first exercise from the book The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. Its my favorite book on [...]

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Framing Drawings, Watercolors and Oils

December 1, 2010

It is not easy to frame your own watercolors. For one thing, unless you are an expert carpenter, you not only have the labor of cutting the molding, but you have to cut the glass and the mount as well. Instead, it is better to go to a competent frame maker. If he is a [...]

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November 30, 2010

Framing a watercolor will obviously be different from framing an oil. For instance, it is usual to put drawings and watercolors under glass for protection. An oil can be left exposed, so long as it is given a coat of varnish. This does not keep off all the dust from obscuring the painting, but will [...]

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Summing up about composition

November 29, 2010

If you have stained your canvas with a tint derived from your color scheme, you will see that unlike painting directly on to a white surface, the colors you start with don’t seem so out of place. They sit nicely on the canvas. On a white surface they would stand out sharply and only settle [...]

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Completing the Picture

November 28, 2010

When painting up the picture on to the canvas, you may find it useful to have all your drawings ready to hand to refer to. You may also wish to have a color scheme to work from. You will get a better result if you have some idea what colors you are going to use, [...]

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