honoriartist (honoriartist) wrote,

Observational Drawing Week 2 preparation

Tomorrow my observational drawing class will go through the L-mode and R-mode material of Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain.  I found some great media to present. But for one assignment I had to draw my own or infringe on copyright.  Here is the Taking a Line for a Walk warm up drawing assignment adapted from the about.com drawing piece adapted from the book.

interior still life drawing of art supplies - pen and ink
Sample by honoria.  Oh what a right brained mess my drafting table is!
Remember the right brain aspects from page 44 as you work on this assignment.

This right brain exercise is about making marks on a sheet of paper which track the way your eyes move across a subject, as if your eyes and hand were directly connected. The aim is make marks at the same kind of speed at which your eyes move, so as your eyes move up, down, across, so does your hand.

Spend the first 3 minutes capturing the essence of the subject (synthetic, holistic): the overall placement of the objects. Fill the sheet of paper from edge to edge (spatial), don't make a tiny drawing in the centre of the sheet.
Keep your eyes mostly on the object and not the paper (intuitive), focusing on observing the subject (real), rather than the marks on the paper. Try not to focus on the outline because we don't look at objects like that, except when we're drawing! We take in the whole object, from top to bottom, side to side, then look more carefully at particulars(Holistic). This gets easier with practice. Work big, using your whole arm and approach your piece of paper boldly and confidently (intuitive). Try to get the whole object in, stretching to the edges of the paper (Holistic). Don't be timid – at most you're going to mess up a bit of paper (nonrational). If you find that you feel you've 'finished' the drawing before the timer has rung, try using several colors and 'going over' the subject again in a different color (nonrational). Squinting at the subject will make the highlights and shadows more prominent. (nonverbal)

Tags: observational drawing, teaching

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