The Art of the SelfI think one of the most challenging subjects facing an artist is the self portrait. I know for many of us this has been a standard exercise in many drawing classes and its always hard to bring a fresh approach to a subject that most of us see everyday. But I think there is an opportunity here to explore not only what we show the outside world but what we keep hidden on the inside. A successful self portrait should be revealing, it should offer up something about the artist beyond what a camera can provide. It is an opportunity to be authentic, transparent and vulnerable.
I personally have always dreaded approaching drawing or painting myself, aside from the fact I apparently have no idea what I look lit since people tell me the end results never look like ME. Every time I do aproach using myself as the model, I always wind up discovering more about myself. I dont think as artists we can spend that much time on a subject and NOT learn something about the model, even if it is ourselves =
Art class 101 -Digital painting beginning exerciseSphere demoArt class 101 -Digital painting beginning exercise4 years ago in Art Features More Like This
This is a great way to try digital painting and to get used to two very different methods of digital painting, I will refer to them as glazing and direct painting. I find when teaching this to my students that it is about a 50/50 split as to which method the students prefer. Either method will produce beautiful results.
The reason I start with the sphere is so that students master the techniques on a simple object, but dont let that fool you. A sphere is a very complex shape when you are first starting out. If you can mater shading a sphere smoothly then you will be well on your way to mastering digital painting. I often suggest students try the sphere exercise several times until they can do it smoothly.
The goal of this exercise is to master the values to produce the illusion that the sphere is three dimensional. If you have ever taken a drawing or painting class, you may have done this exercise before with more traditional materials. There are 6-7 values needed to
How to approch gesture drawingA mass approach to gesturesHow to approch gesture drawing4 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Gesture drawing is often overlooked as simply an exercise to warm-up for long term drawings but I think rather, that it is an invaluable tool for training the eye to understand anatomy and the dynamic flow of a pose. If you can train your mind to capture the movement and balance of a pose, and the underlying anatomy that allows the pose to take place, you will improve your long term drawings. Often what students fail to understand in a gesture are the same things they fail to understand in a long term drawing. It is important to understand the dynamic balance of the pose, where the body contracts and expands, where the weight of the body rests and where the line of equilibrium flows. If this is not understood in the gesture, you will produce drawings that are stiff and lacking in life. Gestures are a great tool to study the model and produce quick sketches that are fluid and dynamic which hopefully will loosen up your long term drawings. It is al