The first part of this drawing assignment requires you to collect thirty small objects from around your house.
For the second part of this Assignment we are going to be doing our longest observational drawing that we’ve had so far. For this sketchbook assignment you will be completing a copy of a self portrait by the famous 17th cenutry Dutch painter Rembrandt. While these types of symbols can be great for communicating basic messages they cause big problems for drawings.
In the memory drawing we get a good feeling for how the student makes certain features of the face. For this drawing you are going to be drawing from the image that you memorized for your first drawing. You can touch up a few small lines indicating direction in the end but try to keep most of the lines moving in the same direction.
For this drawing you will be positioning your hand once again and drawing it however you wish.
Before we push forward into the lessons, we need to make a record of exactly where you are at now. For this assignment you will find a small object, position a light source on it, and draw it.
You are going to photograph or scan your drawings (instructions on how to photograph your work are below.
Now for those of you who have regular access to the Internet, and own a digital camera or scanner, you will be creating a blog.
In this lesson I want you to start researching and becoming familiar with what drawings and paintings you really love.
In previous years one would have a sketchbook of thoughts, images, and sketches of inspiration. If you want to create a more visionary name for your blog the first thing you will be doing is creating a mind map. The drawback of using a free site is that your Domain Name will include their’s as well. Once you get to any of these sites there will be extremely simple instructions to get you going.
I am a big fan of wordpress personally so I’ll take you through the following step by step on how to get a blog up and running on wordpress within minutes.
Type in your Username and your Password, Click Log In, and the Control Panel page will open up.
Learning to draw is a bizarre and wonderful process in the sense that in order to really learn to draw you have to first learn how to see differently. You are going to be creating an abstract drawing with form using nothing but line, and your brush. A gesture drawing is more about drawing what something feels like, rather than trying to depict exactly what you see in front of you.
There are virtually no cast shadows, and while the colors are brighter (the result of blasting the objects with multiple lamps) we aren’t given a lot of information about the forms themselves.


As you sign your name, imagine that you are signing a contract with yourself to give your passions the attention that they deserve. You are going to set up a mirror (even a small pocket mirror set up a meter (3 feet) away is big enough to get your whole face) and then you are going to light yourself.
There are many different ways to set up your lighting and once you get the hang of drawing you can delve more into using the lighting to create mood. Those who can’t make a blog will instead keep a sketchbook that also includes writing, and inspiration. Today with the advent of blogs, it is much easier to categorize your interests and inspirations.
If you have a common name and the address is not available then try using a hyphen, or dot between your first and last name. A mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged around a central key word or idea. Because of its versatility and ability to make highly varied lines we will be using a brush and ink. This can be achieved with a small desk lamp or even by sitting near a window and turning off the lights.
If possible experiment with positioning the light in different directions and look at how the light changes the way we see the forms.
Everyone has a certain sets of symbols they use to construct drawings (especially portraits). Once finished compare the drawings side by side and it will be obvious what symbols you generally use.
With that being said don’t allow yourself to fall completely back into how you would normally draw. People can have very strong past associations with drawing, and many times students get discouraged because their drawing skills aren’t up to snuff. I’m a big proponent of blogging your work because I think it is an excellent way of making a time line of your inspirations as well as your progress. Remember, this isn’t a course about just “learning how to cross hatch” , this is a course designed with the intention of getting you to create work that you are proud of. They are all pretty similar and most all of the blogging sites you go to will be screaming for your attention with a giant “CLICK ME!” button.
So start archiving images of what inspires you, and let’s get down to the real business of learning how to draw, and then of course learning how to paint! We do not intend to infringe any legitimate intellectual right, artistic rights or copyright.
Remember the practice is the most important thing at this point and not the finished drawing.
Later on we can use these symbols to our benefit, so we don’t want to throw out the baby with the bath water. No, you don’t have to stand on your head, instead just turn the image on its side (see example below).
Take 5 minutes to fill up a page full of squiggly, highly varied, lines, and then another hour doing at least two shoe drawings.


Forget about them and push forward, you still have to learn all about form, line, value, shape, space, texture, and color.
So half of the time you should be looking at your page and the other half you should be drawing while looking at your hand (blind contour).
During this point of reflection it is important to identify if you have any evil inner critic present. Before you start the shoe drawing I want you to fill up a page full of extremely varied squiggly lines. In the pictogram below it is very easy to understand that this is a washroom for both women, men, and handicapped accessible. When a line is drawn on a piece of paper it’s intention is to depict the three dimensional world on a two dimensional surface. An evil critic is a voice in your head that discourages you, and tells you how you don’t know anything. Get used to your brush and the type of line it makes, how it responds to different pressures. If you are familiar with photoshop you can make the comparison to taking up the contrast on an image. Then, after three minutes is up I want you to put the photo away and draw the person from memory. You are the magician deciphering what you see in reality and transforming it onto a two dimensional surface.
It is great to look at your own drawing and see where you need to make improvements, but don’t be too hard on yourself in the beginning. Learning about loads of different artists will only help you find your own creative vision. If you cannot work out how to maintain a blog then print out an image and paste it into your sketchbook. Every piece of data you look at when you are looking at a webpage is physically located on a computer somewhere.
This is why it is very common in beginning drawing classes to work on very large pieces of paper. You are going to keep your focus on your hand, and do the drawing looking only at your hand. I want you to imagine that your pencil is touching the outward contours of your palm, winding in and out of all those wrinkles, and sliding down those slopes. Think of yourself as Luke Skywalker when he’s on the Millennium Falcon for the first time. And he’s got to use his light saber to fend off lazer shots with his blast shield down.



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