The art of drawing is somewhat diminished by the use of CAD. or if you like, computor aided design. And less and less people alas are using sketch pads as a result, preferring to let the computor do their artwork – which isn’t really feasible! The nuances of the weight of application of the drawing implement, is so personal and can reveal to the viewer the relationship of the artist to the work, a task as yet not possible otherwise.
However, you the reader or as an artist, will realise that some drawings, even very good work, may need a tiny splash of colour to bring the drawing to life. Using sepia or carré sanguine, is one way of uplifting even the simplest of artworks, as the warm hues of these colourants, in themselves, add life to an illustration. The other way, is as shown here, to just put in a minute morsel of colour, in this case in the kitten’s eyes – to give the work a vibrancy it would otherwise not have.
If you have an illustration or a sketch that you think could do with an “uplift” why not try adding that vital touch of colour and sit back and admire the result.
Thank you for reading this and if you have any queries about this or other features on my blogs at http://www.annedalton.org please contact me and remember to join me in my free Open Days.
Whenever you see an Artist at work, you will note how wrapped up he or she is, in their work. I think this is because the very act of drawing or painting is hugely theraputic and it can enable you to pour out your soul onto a piece of paper, board or canvas.
The demands of creating an artwork are both intensive and satisfactory ‘though the Artist may have to dig very deep in order to release their creativity and produce an artwork that is pleasing to them and to the viewer.
Drawing and painting are personal – very noticeable when one views the pencil, etc., choice and the colour palette of individual artists. Outgoing people tend to use lots of dramatic shading in their illustrations and equally lots of yellow, orange, rust and red in their paintings. More reserved personalities tend to draw simple outline sketches and go for muted greens, soft blue/greys and brown colours.
Artists tend to enjoy themselves when working and this in itself is a truly healing action. Of course, we throw away work that doesn’t please us , but that actually increases the feeling of well-being, when we produce an artwork with which we are truly satisfied.
An artwork can be as simple or as complex as you require it to be, and if you lose yourself in its’ production, then the healing magic of Art has done you a great favour.
A “triptyche” of the same dog – watercolour on paper.
In this electronic age, the use of computors is endemic. Computors though, are not a substitution for physical creativity.
For artists, this usually means carrying around a small sketch pad and a pencil or drawing pen and making quick and sometimes random illustrations of subjects that take one’s fancy, which could become in time, useful…indeed, very useful.
It is a practice that I indulge in and encourage as I have found it to be quite valuable, particularly when I wish to compile a work for which I have just one really good reference point but which needs the addition of background or even foreground items to make the work come alive.
A five minute sketch can be invaluable! Even if only roughly made, the artist can re-format it into something of impact and beauty. However, you might need to encourage yourself to take on this daily effort…..though for just 5 mins. a day, it is a practice that is guaranteed to improve your artwork.
Give it a try and I think you will agree that this is a worthwhile discipline.
Remember to check the dates of my Open Days and free Art Demonstrations (indoors and outdoors) during this coming 2016.
One-to one art classes and group art classes are also available – more information on these coming up shortly.
I invite you to make a resolution for 2016 and that is to come, if possible, to one of my acclaimed (and free) Open Days, where you can browse around in my Studio here in Brittany, close to Rennes, discuss the artwork on display and even have your own work assessed.
Later on, I will hold a demonstration, this session will be devoted to a watercolour painting of a still life – that I shall raffle – and that I believe you will really enjoy.
Please come if you can, and if not on the l8th February, then perhaps one of other days will suit you. Kind regards and I wish you and yours, a very Happy and Successful and Prosperous 2016
As places are strictly limited, however, I would ask you to e-mail me at:- firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and a reservation.
Parking facilities available and I look forward to welcoming you to this always, most enjoyable occasion.