I know, I know, 'What the heck is contour drawing?' and 'Why is it so important?'. You can start by watching the video and then continue reading for a more in-depth explanation.
Okay, so, a contour drawing is a drawing that is primarily the outline of the subject that you are drawing. It gets complicated though because you can (and should) include details that are not strictly part of the outline of the subject. As I'm sure you noticed in my example.
My recommendations for doing contour drawings are these:
TODAYS’S LESSON: Using a continuous line draw your subject in as detailed a way as you can while looking at the subject MORE than your paper and pen.
HOMEWORK: Do 10 contour drawings!
Good luck my loves, and remember to drop me a line if you want to share your work or want some feedback!
Welcome to another Saturday edition of ARTminute!
So far the response to this project has been very encouraging and I hope that people will continue to watch and participate. If you’re new to my blog or YouTube channel I’ll let you in on what we’re up to here. The idea is that twice a week I release a very short video that is either a mini-lesson about some art/drawing technique or it’s a practical discussion about how to incorporate an art practice into your life. I will also likely include my ruminations on the creative process and ways to stay inspired.
Onwards! The lesson in Ep 03 was about the importance of ditching your eraser while sketching and the homework was to create 10 sketches without erasing even a single line. Find that video here, if you haven’t already seen it. Hopefully, there are some brave souls out there who actually did the drawing exercise! If you did I’d love to see what you came up with, you can tag me on Instagram and Facebook or send me an email!
ARTminute Ep. 04 “On Waiting for the Perfect Moment”
Hello, my lovelies!
I am super pleased with today's video lesson! It's the first video with actual advice about drawing. The subject today is sketching. Since these lessons are so short I really have to segment everything that I have to tell you, which means that we're really just scratching the surface and you'll have to stick with me every week to get more and more into each topic as it comes up.
Okay! Here's the thing about sketching, it's like warming up for a workout. You're often stiff, uncoordinated, and awkward. Which is exactly how your sketches will come out, especially if it's the first drawing you've done all day.
Happy Saturday everybody!
I'm super excited to be releasing episode 2 of ARTminute, on schedule!!
If you know me, you know that I'm a bit of a procrastinator and also sort of allergic to schedules so this is a big deal for me.
Can I get an internet high-five from everyone out there who doesn't have a job with regular hours?
Anywho, today's ARTminute is on the subject of art supplies. My mission today is to help you get over some of the overwhelm when it comes to starting your creative journey and I will do that by sharing two truths about art supplies:
1) Lots of people use the lack of artist materials as a reason to never learn art and that's straight-up crazy.
2) Buying supplies doesn't have to break the bank. First, look around and see if you can find what you need in your home then hit up your local dollar store.
If you're following my lessons all you'll need for the time being are an HB pencil, a white eraser, and a pencil sharpener (oh, and some paper but you don't have to buy a sketchbook if you don't want to you can draw on scrap paper that would otherwise end up in the recycling bin). In the video I do mention that you might eventually need pencil crayons as well, which is true, you can definitely find these for just a couple of dollars. I would bet dollars to donuts though that you probably have some tucked away somewhere.
Honestly, though, lots of artists don't use 'artist quality' supplies and they produce amazing work. Jackson Pollack used industrial paint for his famous drip paintings and contemporary artist Jen Stark started making her paper sculptures because all she could afford was a huge stack of cheap construction paper.
Okay lovelies, happy art supply and hunting!
Don't forget to subscribe, like and follow on all the things!!
Have an amaze-balls weekend.
So this is it!! I'm taking the plunge...right off the deep end.
I'm officially launching a series of videos that will be released every Thursday and Saturday. These videos will be little bite-sized art lessons, some of them will be about my philosophy and approach to art-making, others will be straight-up techniques.
Each video will be about 1 or 2 minutes long and will give you enough information to go forth and take some steps (even baby steps) into a creative way of life.
The whole point of these videos is that I really, truly believe that every single person out there is an artist! Don't freak out!! This doesn't mean that everyone is a painter or illustrator it just means that you deserve to have space in your life to be creative! If I can help you find that space then I know I'm doing my job as an educator. Plus, so many people tell me (over and over again) that they wished they could draw better (or at all). I can help with that!!
So, here is the very first video in the series, it's just an intro really, but the next video will hit the waves on Saturday when I'll be chatting about art supplies and how to avoid spending zillions of dollars on them.
So don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel and you can also find me on Instagram! I'd love to see your comments and I'll be happy to answer any questions you might have!!
Stay rad my little blueberries!
Okay, so this is embarrassing but I have written, re-written, posted, deleted, and re-posted so many of these 'I'm starting a blog and I'm so excited about it!' posts that it's now sort of a pathological problem. I start blogs with the best intentions and I always fall short right off the starting line.
And here I am, doing it again!
The difference is, that this is the last time I'm going to try. If it doesn't work I'm just going to accept that blogging isn't for me and give up on it forever! However, I am not willing to throw in the towel until I make one last genuine effort to make it work.
So, I'll skip the heartfelt starting point speech and just tell you that I'll be with you for the next little while sharing my experiences, my knowledge, and my feels.
See you around my little wonders.