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Drawing Lessons from Architect Matthew Frederick pt.3 Architectural Hand-Lettering

Handwriting, penmanship, this is all drawing. Hand-lettering can be another artistic tool to add to your kit. Matthew Frederick shares 6 architectural hand-lettering principals to follow: 1. Honor legibility and consistency above all else. 2. Use guide lines (actual or imagined) to ensure uniformity. 3. Emphasize the beginning and end of all strokes, and overlap […]

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Gabriel García Márquez on how drawing led to writing.

INTERVIEWER How did you start writing? GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ By drawing. By drawing cartoons. Before I could read or write I used to draw comics at school and at home. The funny thing is that I now realize that when I was in high school I had the reputation of being a writer, though I never […]

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Drawing lessons from Architect Matthew Frederick pt.2

Every drawing you undertake has a hierarchy. There are the general elements. And there are the fine details. Matthew Frederick recommends laying out the entire drawing to start. How? By making use of: Light guide lines. Geometric alignments. Visual gut-checks. These techniques will help ensure the proportions and placement of shapes are accurate. After that […]

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Drawing lessons from Architect Matthew Frederick pt.1

It all begins with the line. Different lines have different purposes. But remember – begin and end your line with emphasis. Be bold! Have the lines overlap where they meet. Be bold! Don’t “Feather and Fuzz”. Be bold! Start and end your line in one stroke. To build confidence, Matthew Frederick suggests drawing a light […]

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Four Panel Friday: J.R.R.Tolkien’s drawings of Entrances to the Elvenking’s halls

Ok. These aren’t exactly comic panels. But the more I go through old books during this time spent at home, the more I discover “four panels” in other parts of literature. Tolkien’s perspective and line variation are impressive. He incorporates straight lines, diagonal and curved lines, stipples, blacked out inks. The man was non-stop. From: […]

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Drawing Assignment, Cours de dessin: Eyelids

Inspired by a Van Gogh Museum tweet, I picked up this Cours de dessin book and took off. I mean, if it worked for Van Gogh… I’m amazed how a few curved and diagonal lines can render such an intricate part of the human face.

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Drawing Exercises with Peter Han

These exercises are perfect if you’re not sure how to improve your drawing skills. Peter also provides a practical regimen to follow. Remember – make mistakes and rack up the mileage.

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Tag or Gesture Drawing?

It’s difficult to tell the difference. Both practices are rapid movements of the pen, marker or pencil, attempting to capture a form quickly. A tag though is made to be seen. It’s intent is to pay homage to the creator. Gesture drawing is an exercise. Their intent is to loosen up the artist, and then […]

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Notes from the Natural Way to Draw: Contour Line Drawing

This book is proving helpful. It clarified some techniques for practicing contour line drawing. First you must convince yourself that the pencil point is touching the model instead of the paper. Place the point of your pencil on the paper. Imagine that your pencil point is touching the model instead of the paper. Without taking […]

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Drawing for life

Bored. I waited for my ancient Toyota’s oil change to finish. The iPhone’s gravitational pull is relentless. But I punched it in the face and escaped. I pulled out my sketchbook and began to draw the sofa in front of me. Relief. There’s many benefits to drawing from life. Strengthening your observational skills. Learning to […]