More on painting & drawing from life

“Matthias, Painted from Life” 8×10″ oil on canvas panel

I thought I’d pontificate a bit more about working (drawing, painting) from life, and express what it’s like (and why it’s important) on an emotional level.

Working from life (having a model sit in front of you) is “harder” (you have to be quicker, you have to transfer the 3-D model to the 2-D canvas or paper). But it’s also more real. There’s a connection with your model and your surroundings that isn’t there when you work from a photo.

You see the model as they are to you, not as what the camera says they are. Continue reading More on painting & drawing from life

More thoughts about drawing, tracing, grids

Yeah, I have a lengthy, windbaggy post about tracing and grids on my main site (here).

I stumbled upon some other blogs which talk about this, and thought I’d bang out a bit more about this topic on my blog. Just because I feel like it.

As I say on my main tutorial site, getting into the habit of tracing photos (instead of getting proficient in freehand drawing) can be something that an artist can regret later. Or, they’ll always feel a bit on the defensive about it. It’s controversial. Each time I see a debate online about it, we have some purse-swinging, butthurt, argumentative people, on both sides of the aisle.

Why is that? Well, I think a few reasons.

FAKER

First, I believe that there is an ingrained instinct in many of us to dislike a faker, a poser, someone who is passing themselves off as something they’re not. And whether it’s intentional or not, that’s what a lot of “tracers” seem to be doing. They show some artwork with beautiful accuracy, and onlookers are so impressed and call the artist “talented,” and exclaim, “I could never draw like that!” But the artist didn’t draw it! They may have shaded it, colored it, and those things are worthy of admiration too. But they didn’t get the proportions accurate themselves. But they never admit that, and keep on letting everyone gush to them about how well they “drew” it. Continue reading More thoughts about drawing, tracing, grids

More on the Limited Palette: ZORN

Oh my, I’ve not updated this blog in a little over a year! I’ve been bad!

Well, I’m going to try to be more steadfast in updating this blog, because there’s always a lot of neato arty stuff to talk about.

In this post, I’m going to explore the “limited palette,” aka the ZORN PALETTE, a little more. (NOTE: This limited palette exercise can be used with any paints: Oils, acrylics, watercolors, gouache.)

“Piercing Gaze,” 6×8″ oil on linen. Thanks to Stockingbird on DeviantArt for the stock photo I used as reference.

This painting was done using only four colors! They are:

  • White (Titanium-Zinc White, or Titanium White)
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Cadmium Red Light
  • Ivory Black

Continue reading More on the Limited Palette: ZORN