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Drawing Tutorial Number Two Feb 2014
February 26, 2014

Free DrawingTutorial #2 Feb 2014

DPS in the title is really an acronym for Drawing Pencil Sketches

Welcome Pencil Drawers and Sketchers

Remember in the last tutorial about the kids and their definition of color? And I put in the online dictionary definition which was: "the quality of an object or substance with respect to light reflected by the object" which, in my opinion, makes the definition confusing. Color is basically where light reflects off an object to give it a specific identification AND a value (I.E. you can’t have a dark bright pink or a dark sunlight yellow as some colors have only a light value...or in simpler terms, if it is darker in value it absorbs more light (does not reflect it). As an artist you have to know the three primaries, the three secondary’s and the tertiaries.

I hope this clears up any misunderstanding. The science of color is a vast subject and worth knowing about.

Okay, now let’s get on to lesson number two!

As I mentioned in the last lesson, I wanted to give a basic outline on three-dimensional drawings and how to be effective in making objects appear closer or further away.

This question has come up several times this year but there is much to know about 3D drawing so I will only give the very basics for you to start off with.

A tutorial would be no good writing about it so I will give examples here. You will also have to follow along with your own drawings to get full benefit from the tutorial.

If you are drawing a still life, how do you make the objects appear closer or further away? The darker, more contrasty objects come forward while the softer (lighter in value) ones recede in the distant.

In the first drawing here created only in line form, has no 3D effect, has no mass, only lines. Get out your pens or pencil and draw something like this to show how three dimensions can be created.

Your shapes do not have to be exactly like this.

In number 2 drawing, shade in values as you see them in this drawing. Use a very light touch with faint guidelines. Be meticulous with keeping your shading within the outlines. Be neat. Next in number three, put an aerial (sky) in as shown within your picture plane (the whole area where you have drawn your objects.) This gives "aerial depth" as the sky is much darker above your head and fades as it goes towards the horizon line. Also called aerial perspective.

On the last drawing #4 is where your still life objects begin to take on three dimensions. To make the foreground image come forward, the values and lines must be much stronger. While the object at the back, the lines and color mass must be made softer.

See how sharp the lines are against the softer forms at the back? Here, we are only doing it with values (tones) but when we start to use color with a full range of values, it becomes very powerful and you can create marvelous effects. There is a truckload more on this to learn.

If you have any questions about this lesson please drop me an email.

Further lessons on 3D will be aerial perspective, lost and found edges, three dimensions in color, hard and soft values together, and quite a bit more.

Yours in Creative Drawings


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