Drawing Tip of the Day: >>Drawing Outdoors Jan 4-2016
by Gloria Sanchez
My Old Farmhouse
Drawing Tip of the Day:
Most principles of drawing can still be used outdoors e.g. careful observation of forms, contours of landscape and of course the golden rule of thirds.
Some of the basic difference of drawing indoors and outside is the light. So take note of the light in your landscape drawing.
The other factor sketching outdoors is the constant changes of the light source—sometimes a cloud may pass overhead so your light source is defused and reflected light suddenly appears which can be annoying if you are halfway through your drawing.
Of course there is a vast difference between early morning and dusk as the sun settles down. I often use a digital camera to record exactly the angle and how light is reflected whatever time of day. Some of the most dramatic scenes are those as the sun appears—and at dusk.
Get into the practice of making notes at different times of the day—you’ll be surprised at the difference in the cast shadows from a building of a tree.
A good place to start drawing outside is you very own back yard with all the clutter of spades, forks, rakes and other gardening stuff as well as bits of debris peeping from behind that old deckchair.
Another tip is to use a viewfinder to select a strong composition. (A viewfinder is a small card with a rectangular hole cut out in the middle so you can select the best view for your drawing).
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