San Diego Jewish Academy
Maimonides Arts Collective
Look, Hold, and Draw
Look, Hold, and Draw
Learning to draw requires training your eye, your mind, and your hand to work together. When you realize that almost anything you want to draw starts with basic points and lines: straight line, angle line, and curved line; basic shapes: circle, ellipse, triangle, square, and rectangle;
and 3-dimensional shapes: sphere, cube, pyramid, cylinder, and cone drawing becomes much easier.
Start with the outside lines and shapes and then work inward.
Focus only on one line or shape at a time.
After you have drawn your basic shapes, go in and refine the lines, undulations, and nuances of the object.
Depending on your intent, add value, color, texture, and details.
Because drawing can lead to frustration, I've found that drawing trees, leaves, plants, flowers, and other objects that use the repetition of basic shapes a great way to develop my eye, mind, and hand.
Make a drawing of your own crossed feet, stressing accurate contour and detail. Sit comfortably with your crossed feet propped up in front of you and place your sketch book on your lap so that you have a clear view of your feet. Look at your feet. Don't start until a line or shape jump out at you. When it does, take note of the contour and shape. Hold that contour or shape in your mind for a moment and Draw while it's still fresh in your memory. Go through the process again with the next line or shape. Make sure you check to see if the proportions look correct, in other words, is the shoe lace in proper position relative to the tip of the shoe? Be aware of looking at the subject more than at the drawing. Spend at least half and hour on the drawing.
Tip: Use a unit of measure. Once you draw your first element every other element may be measured relative to that first unit. For instance, if you select the width of the shoe first, everything else can be measured using the width of the shoe, e.g., equal to the width, half the width, one and half times the width, etc.
This puzzle reinforces the concept of "Look, hold, and draw".
Have fun and you will find out that you really can draw.
Drawing Figures - http://drawsketch.about.com/library/weekly/aa102897.htm
Drawing Figures - Converting a Profile Drawing Into a Three-Quarter Drawing - http://drawsketch.about.com/library/weekly/aa110397.htm
Standard Visual Human Body Proportions - http://drawsketch.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http%3A%2F%2Fwww2.evansville.edu%2Fdrawinglab%2Fbody.html
Contour and Blind Contour Drawing - http://drawsketch.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http%3A%2F%2Fwww2.evansville.edu%2Fdrawinglab%2Fcontour.html
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