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Enigmatic by Orchid-Black Enigmatic :iconorchid-black:Orchid-Black 4 2 Quietude - Miniature Painting by Orchid-Black Quietude - Miniature Painting :iconorchid-black:Orchid-Black 4 3 Philomene by Orchid-Black Philomene :iconorchid-black:Orchid-Black 2 3 Abstraction - SOLD by Orchid-Black Abstraction - SOLD :iconorchid-black:Orchid-Black 6 2 Jess by Orchid-Black Jess :iconorchid-black:Orchid-Black 3 2 Of Memory and Hope by Orchid-Black Of Memory and Hope :iconorchid-black:Orchid-Black 6 0 Nightfall by Orchid-Black Nightfall :iconorchid-black:Orchid-Black 4 0 Aria - Miniature Painting by Orchid-Black Aria - Miniature Painting :iconorchid-black:Orchid-Black 3 0 Egret - SOLD by Orchid-Black Egret - SOLD :iconorchid-black:Orchid-Black 2 0 An Impression of Bluebonnets by Orchid-Black An Impression of Bluebonnets :iconorchid-black:Orchid-Black 5 2 Little Lucky - SOLD by Orchid-Black Little Lucky - SOLD :iconorchid-black:Orchid-Black 1 0 Mac - SOLD by Orchid-Black Mac - SOLD :iconorchid-black:Orchid-Black 7 2 Fisherman Commission by Orchid-Black Fisherman Commission :iconorchid-black:Orchid-Black 4 6 Salt Air - SOLD by Orchid-Black Salt Air - SOLD :iconorchid-black:Orchid-Black 1 0 Let The Winds Blow - SOLD by Orchid-Black Let The Winds Blow - SOLD :iconorchid-black:Orchid-Black 12 2 Red Drum (SOLD) by Orchid-Black Red Drum (SOLD) :iconorchid-black:Orchid-Black 3 4

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Art Class 101
Before I get started Id like to clarify that this demo is meant for beginning artists and is similar to a demonstration I give my drawing 1 students. Its one how to use value and/or temperature to make a form look three dimensional.
The challenge of drawing or painting from life is that you are taking a three dimensional object and rendering it on a two dimensional picture plane. So in essence you are creating the illusion that the object has form when really it is on a flat surface. This can be done using several methods but the two methods Id like to discuss is how to "roll the form" using value and/or temperature. Keep in mind this is just my method and there are many other ways to accomplish this.
The first consideration is understanding value change. Im sure you have all done a value chart at some time or another. It is a gradation of value from light to dark and being able to render a variety of value is essential to making a form look dimensional.
This is a basic example of a va
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The Art of the Hand
That pesky part of the drawing that we put off to the end, those appendages that dangle at the arm and taunt the most talented of artists... the hands. Considered the most expressive part of the figure the hands can tell a story of hope, loss, despair, longing or reaching for something. Intricate and detailed, they often present a challenge to new artists and accomplished artists alike. Like many artists, I have devoted pages and pages of drawing paper to the study and understanding of the hand and sometimes I feel no closer to mastering the hands then I did as a first year art student.
Many spiritual beliefs hold that our hands hold the key to our lives, that the lines etched there can foretell our future. But it is precisely those lines that give depth to the hands, a sense of realism and an indication of age. It can be tricky to capture the texture, wrinkles and folds of the hand and balance that with the graceful gesture and length  of the fingers.
Here are some examples
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The Art of the Gesture
Gestures, those pesky little exercise that students race through in order to get to the long pose. But the gesture can be an art form in itself, a record of an artists understanding of the figure and so much more then a "warm up" exercise. I often tell my students that what they dont understand in a gesture, they wont understand in a long term drawing. If you are perplexed by the shape of a knee in a 5 minute gesture, chances are you wont understand it any better given a longer pose. The gesture allows an artist to see where their knowledge of a figure is lacking, or generalized.
Gestures are a dialog between the artist and the figure, a system of short hand mark making that describes the form. Broad sweeps of value can quickly describe the under planes of a figure. Sensitive line quality can direct the eye around the contour. Its a delicate push pull between value and line to define the pose. If done with intent the gesture can quickly and expressively describe the strain of the pose
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The Art of the Sketchbook
I have to admit that this my New Years resolution this year was to develop the discipline of carrying a sketchbook again, that intimate collection of my thoughts, ideas and inspirations. To that end I actually bought a new sketchbook and carried it around for a few weeks with my laptop before abandoning it unused beneath a stack of unread art magazines.
So to inspire me today to renew my commitment I did a search of some sketchbook pages here on DA and was incredibly impressed. I realized that it is an art form in itself.. the sketchbook page a wonderful insight into the working mind of the artist that creates and nurtures it. What a great window into the creative process, inspiration, insight and technical skill of the artist who develops it. The beauty of the simple sketchbook is it is a record of your daily life, travels, experiences, thoughts, etc. What a wonderful record of your journey as an artist.. a great place to experiment with new concepts, ideas an techniques in safety.. t
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The Art of the Drape
Many times students tell me that they have nothing to draw at home (yes I always find this hard to believe as well). I have often suggested that they tack a piece of cloth or a sheet up on the wall and to draw from it. Its an excellent way to improve your problem solving skills with drawing. When I teach drawing, I always set up what I affectionately call the.. "drapery study from hell" for the students to draw from, which consists of 7-8 sheets and fabric swatches of differing color and value which I twist and tack up on the wall.
The benefit of this exercise is it improves your ability to draw a complex object. I tell my students to approach it almost as an abstract. Start by blocking in the big areas of light, dark and medium value... and then subdivide these areas into smaller more complex shapes.. until you finally divide it into the smallest values. Think of it as a giant puzzle where everything has to fit together.
Its an excellent exercise in drawing and one I hope you'll be in
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Traditional Art Journal
I have to admit that as a life drawing instructor I have a definite bias towards teaching students to draw from a live model as opposed to copying photos. Drawings done from life are full of interesting marks and line quality, they have a record of the struggle of the artist to find the pose, they show a connection with the subject and a soul that is devoid from art drawn simply by trying to faithfully reproduce a photograph.
I know many artists who try and teach themselves to draw, start by drawing from photos because they are a cheap model, they dont move and they are easy to find on the internet. But I try to discourage my students from relying on photos too much because in many cases they  are lit in such a way as to negate the shadows on the figure or to have too dramatic of shadows. This makes it difficult to understand the anatomy and how to turn a form. What students learn from drawing from photos is how to render light and shadow, not how to draw the structural anato
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Terrible Beauty
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DawidZdobylak Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks :)
hrwilliams Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2018  Professional Writer
Thank you!
We're Doomed by hrwilliams
Feuerwicht Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Many thanks for the watch, it made my day :)
GiovanniChis Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for +faving my drawing  
   Leopard Portrait by GiovanniChis
Have a good day!
Orchid-Black Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
You're quite welcome! It's gorgeous. Have a good day!
portrait-perso Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2018   Digital Artist
Many thanks for watching :)
Orchid-Black Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome.  :)
JohnPatience Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2018
Thanks for the faves  :)
Orchid-Black Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
You're quite welcome!
GrimDreamArt Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks sooo much for fabing  Blightingales by GrimDreamArt !
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