Black and White Sketches
Amazingly Simple To Draw
You can find black and white sketches of just about anything you can think of. In fact, anything in color can be transformed into black and white.
of the great masters (Rembrandt, da Vinci and others) created their
original drawings in black and white—using black ink or charcoal on
These were preliminary sketches for their paintings.
It is really worth checking out some of these masters' sketches to see
how they handled form and line with simplicity. It has been stated many
times "It isn't what you put into your drawing, it is what you leave out." In other words "Economy of line" - why use two lines if one will do?
There are black and white sketches which will constantly be added to on
this page as the site grows, so stayed tuned to this page. These will
hopefully help you expand your awareness of art and its basic purposes.
If you love drawing and you have these in black and white, please submit
them to this page for inclusion here. If you have many, I can put up a page especially for you. See link in navigation column "Upload Your Art."
To assist all creative people in their drawing and sketching, I have put together a section of some of the techniques and art materials you can use effectively. It is good to know what the best is in art supplies, and what not to get.
The whole idea of writing up this page for emerging artists or outright beginners, is to invite individual emotional responses which invariably creates—or can create—the same response in other people.
If you focus on some of the forms you are creating, whether that is
abstract, human figures, skulls or objects like an old pair of boots,
you then analyze its structure, its surrounding negative space and its
basic design elements.
Sketching and drawing is an exciting and creative activity and I believe
with this website we can teach students how to master all aspects of
As you develop, your powers of observation increase exponentially, you then branch out into your own unique style.
Quite a famous French artist Jean-Auguste Ingres made a comment that a true artist should draw for about 30 years first and then graduate to oil paints. I always thought this was a little severe! You should be able to get really good drawings within a few months of practice.
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