Saturday, December 17, 2011
I have moved this Basic Drawing Skills blog over to my own web site rexbeanland.com. Two important reasons why you should follow the link below to visit the new student blog is that 1) you can see the incredible improvement in the work of the drawing students when you compare the first and last portraits they did and 2) the student blog now features paintings from the students in my new Mastering Colour class. Click here to go directly to the new student blog.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
My new class, Mastering Colour, will be starting April 5, 2011 and will run for 6 weeks. This is a class for people who are intimidated by colour and colour theory or feel they would like to be more confident in colour choices. The demos will be done in watercolour and acrylic though painters in all media can equally benefit from learning to master their colours. Each class will involve 2 sections, 1) studying some aspect of colour and 2) doing a painting based on our knowledge of colour.
A supply list and further information will be available shortly at the Calgary School Of Art web site.
For information or to register for this class please contact me.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
William Haines was an actor from the silent movie era. He has a classic, handsome if slightly uncomplicated look but the portrait has an interesting feature with the narrow strip of light along the edge of the forehead, nose, and chin. It makes his face stand out from the background. Doing profiles challenges us to use our developing drawing skills because simple measurement doesn't help completely in doing things like the profile of the nose.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
This is the first exercise in the class. It's intended as an initial introduction to the right brain drawing experience. What usually happens is that people tend to draw harder things more easily when they are working upside down. It's a very interesting question why that is.
Double click on any of the images to see a larger version.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
This last assignment, for me, is by far the most important in the entire course. I call it the Post Test and for this assignment the students do a self portrait from real life by using a mirror. It's the culmination of all the activities and skills we have practiced. All along the way we have all worked on the same subject in a guided and structured way using photo reference material. Now for this last activity each student is on their own to capture a likeness from real life. To dramatically show how each student has improved I have them compare this last exercise with the very first assignment we did 12 weeks ago. That assignment was to do a portrait from memory, from a picture or from looking at someone. This drawing was done before any instruction and without any help. Now we can compare that drawing which I call the Pre Test with this last drawing and then each student has a very real indication of exactly how much they have improved. So the following posts present each student's work.