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Drawing Pencil Sketches Newsletter December 2013
December 01, 2013

Nine Simple Things To Fix Your Drawings

I wish you the best for the coming holidays and a Great New 2014 Year of Creative Drawings!

Nine Simple Things To Fix Your Drawings

There are many things you can do to immediately take your drawings where you'll be pleased with the results. Fixing your drawings takes into consideration that you have a passion for your craft and just love to draw at any opportunity.

Sharp Quality Pencils This goes without saying but most beginners are not aware that a sharp pencil (HB to 2B) is essential for a 'clean' and sharp drawing. This is where you can vary the thickness of your line from jet black to very faint. Blunt pencils are not part of your tool kit but sharp pencils are!

Observation In other words you should be looking at what is there rather than thinking what you feel should be there - (unless you are copying from the 'old masters' drawings or from a photograph) and being able to measure the length and breadth of the object you are drawing and perceiving it in deep space.

Negative Shapes Whatever you are drawing, it will have positive and negative shapes. For an accurate drawing you have to look for the negative shapes -- they would be the shapes BETWEEN your chair legs -- not the chair legs themselves.

Contrast Without contrast, your drawing becomes lifeless and flat. With maximum contrast, (that's black against white) will bring objects forward while soft contrast or weak contrast will make them recedd into the background.

Balance Your drawings should have 'balance' and not 'weighted' too much on one side of your drawing or the other. In other words, drawing a large tree on the right and a small girl on the left would be too much inbalance.

Focal Points An important part of making your drawings interesting to people is to have multiple focal points which leads your viewers eyes into your artwork. You lead them into subtle changes of 4 or 5 focal points that come to rest on your your major one. That's basically controlling your viewers path into your art.

Rule of Thirds This takes us into the "rule of thirds" which I've mentioned several times before in these newsletters or ezines. The rule of thirds is basically dividing your picture plane (your canvas or drawing paper) into three equal parts both vertically and horizontally. See here.

Value and Tones That means the lightness or darkness of your shading. With an HB or 2B pencil you should be able to create a black and white chart from white (the lightest) to black (the darkest). This should give you a nice gradations of 10 shades. Practice this and you will see quite a change in your drawings.

Having The Right Attitude If you have the right attitude for drawing well and you want to improve, you have a passion for art, you like to add a little of yourself in your work, you'll have lots of admiring family, friends, artists and beyond.

Have a wonderful Holiday and this year and perhaps share your art here with other folk?

Chat again soon,


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