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Drawing Pencil Sketches Blog March 2014
March 27, 2014

Drawing Pencil Sketches Blog March 2014

Hi Artists, Friends, Sketchers and Painters,

Drawing Pencil Sketches blog April 2014 There is much to talk about in developing basic skills in drawing. There is only a small percentage of readers here who will actually get information they can use. You have to really love drawing otherwise you will never get anywhere and just give up.

That’s why I’ve decided to change the name from newsletter to monthly blog even though I do write daily bloglets!. Hey, I don’t want to bore you with repetitious stuff that you already know upside down BUT the target audience is still aimed at beginners – so I will stretch it a little and creep towards intermediate artists!

Last newsletter we were talking about making things come forward in your drawings and how to make them recede into the distance. (see the header) This brings it up to important points on hard and soft edges. Hard edges come forward and soft edges fall back to hardly discernable edges. This brings us to aerial perspective; you can observe how clouds appear into nothingness in the distance and how gradually they get softer and softer on the horizon line. Notice in the pen and ink drawing (which is not easy in a portrait study) as all the lines are hard and the subtlety come from the wash he has used.

The really hard edges in the drawing below are the ear and contrast shown in the eyes, parts of the nose and mouth. This is a drawing by Albrecht Durer, "The Head of an Apostle" dated 1508. Without these hard and soft edges you would not be able to attain a three-dimensional effect.

Pen and Ink Drawing By Durer 1508

Yours in Creative Drawings


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