Todays lesson: Gesture drawing with contour and Value study using the negative space, sunflowers.
#1 Gesture drawing is a great way to learn how to find the most important information and get it down on the paper fast. By doing many of these quick gesture studies you line work will improve and your judgement of what you decide to describe will improve as well as your use of space. Don’t judge each one that you do… just do them fast, 2 minutes and let them be. You will be surprised it will take many to get a good one but with time and doing them, they will happen. Why Matisses probably did at least 30 plus before he got one of his line drawing to succeed.
#2 Sunflowers: In using a photograph that is ill defined in subject but well defined in it’s use of negative space, this is a good lesson on getting shapes into the right location. How do you achieve that? THE GRID… or I’d like to say, location location location. The reason why nature looks realistic on paper is not because of magic… it’s because of putting the shapes in the right place in relation to each other. Using just the gray paper and charcoal map out your ideas and start to be more specific about the darks shapes against the light background. Do not add details, they only get in the way. If you get the shapes in the right place you will have your leaves and flower in perspective. Then and only then add more values and then to finish, add white which really illuminates the subject matter.