Join Will Kemp for an in-depth discussion in this video Why use a picture plane?, part of Foundations of Drawing.
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…So what I'm going to do is have a quick analysis of your upside down drawing.…You'll find on the first top section you did is usually very accurate.…But as soon as you reveal a lower section, your…left brain tries to tell you what it thinks it's seeing.…So for this particular study it was those last two lines.…Those were the two where my brain could start…to see that there was a definitely a face there.…So every time I'm trying to draw a line…in this lower section, I'm fighting against my brain…trying to tell me, that it thinks it knows…what it is, it knows what a nose looks like.…
It knows what a pair of lips looks like so…it tries to help me out by guiding my line.…So when you first do an upside-down drawing,…concentrate on it and putting the paper down.…I'm sure you'll get to an area where your head,…you feel your head kind of moving to the side.…You're always trying to look at it the right way up.…It's really frustrating if you look at an…upside-down image and can't work out what it is.…And that is, in essence, what we're trying to do.…
Shape: By focusing on the shapes of the objects (and more importantly the shapes between the objects) you can view subjects with a whole new outlook and focus.
Simplicity: You'll get better results by concentrating on simple subjects and drawing techniques that will still prove powerful when used together.
Structure: A structured approach makes drawing easier to master.
Each chapter in this course is built on these three principles, combining drawing theory and practical examples with worksheets and drawing assignments. Will Kemp brings his passion for teaching and infectious love of drawing together in these lessons. You'll learn about line, value, tone, negative space, and perspective, and come away with the confidence to start making drawing a daily practice.
This course was created and produced by Will Kemp. We're honored to host this training in our library.
- Materials you need to draw
- Drawing theory
- Framing your composition
- Using the picture plane
- Creating contrast
- Using negative space to create more powerful compositions
- Creating form from shadows and light