7 Tips for Better Proportions - How to - Artists & Illustrators - Original Art for Sale Direct From the Artist
7 Tips for Better Proportions - How to - Artists & Illustrators - Original Art for Sale Direct From the Artist
7 Tips for Better Proportions - How to - Artists & Illustrators - Original Art for Sale Direct From the Artist

7 Tips for Better Proportions - How to - Artists & Illustrators - Original Art for Sale Direct From the Artist

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    7tipsforbetterproportionsAnexpertonRenaissancestyletechniques,theClassicalArtAcademyfounderMartinCloseexplainshowtopaintaccurateshapesandforms

    1.PractiseonscrappaperExpensivepapercanbeintimidating.BypractisingoncheapliningpaperfromaDIYstore,orevenbrownpackingpaper,youalleviatesuchissues.Thereducedvalueofthepaperaffordsmorepracticeitisbettertodothreeseparate20minutedrawingsthanonedrawingacrossawholehour.

    2.ThinkinsidetheboxImagineyoursubjectiscontainedwithinabox.Whatshapemusttheboxbeandhowbigareyougoingtodrawit?Markouttheimaginedboxonyourpaperasfaintlyaspossible.Gettingtheboxrightwillnotonlyhelpyoureproducethecorrectshape,itwillalsoserveasapointofreferencebetweenthesubjectasyouseeitandthedrawingonthepage.

    3.WorktheanglesItsdifficultforushumanstojudgelengthscorrectly,butwerereallygoodatangles.Byestimatingtheanglebetweentwofixedpointsyoucanreproducetheirpositionwithintheboxofyourdrawing.

    4.BeginasasculptorwouldRatherthanproceedingtotheoutlineofthesubject,usestraightlinestocutawaywhatisntneededfromthebox.

    Imagineasculptorcuttingawaythemarbleheorshedoesntneedbeforebeginningtocarve.Doingthiswillfocusyouonthenegativeshapearoundthesubject,aswellasthesubjectitself.Ifthenegativeshapeiscorrect,thepositiveshapewillbetoo.

    5.Usethe488methodSimplifyyourshapebeforeputtingindetailusingonesetoffourlinesandtwosetsofeight.Thefirstfourdefinetheboxandanothereightcutawayfromittofindthebasicproportionandgesturelinesofthesubject.Thefinaleightstraightlinesrepresentthemainshape.Youcantdoadetaileddrawinginjust20lineslimityourselftodefiningthecorrectproportion,gestureandshapeofyoursubject.Thesethreethingsarethefoundationofyourdrawingandifyouhavethemwrong,noamountofdetailingwillmakethemright!

    6.SimplifytonalvaluesOveryour20lines,drawthemainlightanddarkshapesenmasseusingjusttwotones:blackandwhite.Simplifyingisessentialtoseeinganddrawingthe

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    7.IntroducecomplextonesinstagesOnceyourlightsandyourdarksaredrawn,identifythemidtoneanddrawitinwhereitappears.Fromthesethreetones,youcanfindtwomoremidtonesmakingfiveintotal.Eachoftheseshouldbedrawnoninturn.Onwhitepaper,charcoalcandeliveratleastninedistincttonesinthiswayand,withpractice,youwillbecomeadeptatfindingthem.

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