My latest pencil drawing finally complete…after working on it for more or less 50 hours. This drawing is a blend of charcoal and graphite. I was able to achieve the very dark areas with charcoal and a Mars Lumograph 8B pencil. The drawing is 17 by 12 inches in size and done on Stonehenge paper. The drawing will be part of an art instructional book I am busy writing. The book will show step by step how I created this detailed art piece. Stay tuned!Read More
I have been working on this drawing for quite some time using a variety of tools. The drawing is done with graphite pencils and an Ebony carbon pencil for the extreme dark parts.
I like the carbon pencils but I am still searching for a pencil that is easy to blend, yet creates a deep black and flat tone without shine. This drawing is part of an eBook I am currently writing that shows step by step how to draw.Read More
One easy way to draw from a photograph and get the proportions correct, is to use a grid. This is a technique used for many centuries by the old masters, like Leonardo Da Vinci.
In the tutorial section you will find a tutorial that will show you how to use a grid to make an accurate drawing from a photography.
Aerial perspective is needed in landscape paintings to show a sense of depth and realism. One way to assure correct perspective is to determine a vanishing point on the horizon and to accurately draw the objects in relation to the vanishing point. You can read more about it, here: Landscape Perspective
Aerial perspective is also achieved by using warm and cool colors. Take a look at the painting below: The basic shapes and color temperature creates an illusion showing depth. Cooler colors recede and warmer colors advance towards the viewer.
Move your mouse over the image to see the landscape painting.
Value is one of the most important things to consider when creating a painting. Many artists will say that value IS the most important aspect to focus on when observing a scene.
Value is, simply put, how dark or how light the tone of a specific object or section of an object is. Every scene has it’s darkest part and lightest part. In between you will find a variation of tones. All of these are different values.
The illustration below shows a value scale of the color yellow ochre.
The value scale starts with pure white and ends with black. The same color was shown as a grey value scale. Every scene should be viewed as if it was a black and white photo. This way you will immediately point towards the darkest and lightest sections of the scene.
When painting or drawing you need to accurately place these values. Once you have succeeded in this, your choice of color needs to be determined. But focusing on the value is the first important thing to do.
Above you will see a painting done in a monochromatic manner. That means a limited palette was used for the painting. In this case a variation of the color yellow ochre. The painting shows how different values were placed by the artist. If you move your mouse over the image you will see where each part of the value scale can be found.
A way to practice seeing value correctly would be to create a few paintings by using a monochromatic palette. Choose any color. Use black paint to darken the color and white paint to lighten it. Your pure color will fall in the middle of the value scale.
Many oil painters still uses the old masters technique where the artist would first paint the dead layer. The artist would paint the entire painting with black and white paint. Gray paint would be used to show the mid tone values. This is called the dead layer. Then color would be glazed over this layer.
I illustrate this technique in a tutorial you can find here: How to paint like the old masters.Read More
Perspective drawing is the representation of three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional plane showing accurate height, width and depth, and position in relation to each other when viewed from a particular point.
In my tutorials section I have created a free tutorial that illustrates how perspective works. We will cover one, two and three point perspective with diagrams to help you understand the concept.
Perspective is a mathematical concept that is very important in drawing, landscape painting and architecture. So make sure to study this topic to improve your ability to create more accurate and beautiful art work!
You can view the tutorial here > Learn Perspective DrawingRead More