Join Will Kemp for an in-depth discussion in this video Materials overview, part of Foundations of Drawing.
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So this is just a quick visual introduction, to all the materials we're going to be using throughout this course, just so you can familiarize yourself with them and you know what I'm talking about when I mention them in the lessons. So the first thing we're going to look through, is just our pencils. For this course, I'm going to be demonstrating with three main pencils, an HB, a 3B and a 7B. So try to buy a good quality brand. I'm going to be demonstrating with a Fabel Castell 9000 but the Staedtler Mars Lumograph a really nice pencils and Derwent make some really nice pencils as well.
So just have a test with few in the art shop just to try and find a style of pencil that you really like. We're either going to be using a pencil sharpener or a craft knife and I often use a craft knife to sharpen my pencils. I'll show that more detail a bit later on. I've also got a party eraser and a plastic eraser, and then some paper towel for rubbing back areas of our drawing. There's also a graphite stick. They come in squares or rounds, just try to get a soft one about equivalent to a 4B and this will help us when we do a tonal ground.
So I also got a black frame and clear acrylic that we're using throughout the course. And just a clip that you could find and we will just clip them together so they'll make one solid viewfinder that we can work with throughout the lessons. I've also got a couple of pens which is a permanent marker and an overhead projector marker for working on the plastic picture plane. And just a plastic ruler and a timer just for timing some of the actual drawings. So we use two standard papers throughout this course, one is computer paper, one is cartridge paper.
The computer paper, is usually a lot whiter, like brilliant white, the cartridge paper's got a bit more texture to it. Just try to find a nice bright area to work in, and you'll be ready to go.
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