DRAWING AND PAINTING FOR BEGINNERS, HOW TO DRAW ACCURATELY

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The life-drawing classWhen you first join my art class, I will teach you how to draw accurately and in proportion. Why?


The answer is simple: All the great artists over the past 500 years, no matter what style they painted in, knew how to draw accurately. Itís essential if you are wanting to liberate the artist within you! Perhaps one of the reasons you have visited this website is because you already have tried drawing and painting, and found a problem that when you draw up the subject, you get it wrong! Thatís because most people, not knowing any differently, simply trust their eye and hope for the best. This leads to disappointment and frustration. Iíve taught many people how to draw and paint, but the first thing I teach them is how to draw accurately and in proportion. Most people learn my method in 10 hours. Then it's plenty of practice. Many poeple come to me as absolute beginners, with just the desire to take up art. That's fine - you won't have developed bad drawing practice! Once you learn the basics of measuring, it's with you for the rest of your life and liberates you as an artist, because you will be able to draw accurately.

                  SHORT VIDEO ON THE PRINCIPLE OF MEASURING



                  IF I BUY YOUR VIDEO, HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO LEARN THIS METHOD?
You will learn the principle in about 10 hours. Then itís practice, but practice you will enjoy because it will release the artist within you. Give you confidence and skills that are a must if you want to be good at drawing and painting. The video is 80 minutes long and teaches you all the basic ways to measure. Price £19, includes P&P within the UK. (over seas, please contact me.)
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MEASURING IS THE KEY TO DRAWING & PAINTING

...You will fail at painting unless you can get the basics correct, a solid foundation. No matter how good a painter you are, you will probably fail if the drawing isn't correct and in proportion.











THE THUMB & PENCIL METHOD EXPLAINED

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The thumb and pencil method: as shown above, you outstretch your arm, close one eye and take a unit of measurement within the subject, and use that measurement to measure everything you are drawing or painting. In the example above, I take the width of the bottle and then divide that up the height of the bottle to find the proportions of width to height. This way you draw both accurately and in proportion. The method is sometimes called "the compatative system". Just follow the instructions below to learn how to use it. Later I'll demonstrate how to transfer the measurements from the subject to your drawing or painting.




Fig 1. this is how to hold the pencil.
Note that the little finger
locks it in place. Outstretch your arm...

Fig 2. close one eye, practice sliding just your thumb.
up and down virtically, keeping the pencil straight...

Fig 3...now try it on the horizontal.
Arm outstretched, one eye closed...

Fig 4...Arm outstretched, one eye closed...slide your thumb along.
Practice until it feels comfortable.

Fig 5. Okay, now let's put it into practice.
You've probably drawn just trusting your eye
and getting your drawing wrong. look at this bottle
and, again trusting your eye, guess how many times its width
divides into its total height. Have several goes...

...What did you get? 3 times, 4, or 6 times? This is the problem you're just guessing. With the thumb and pencil method we take the guess work out of it. Yes, it will feel awkward at first, like anything we try for the first time, but believe me, in a short time it will become second nature to you. The other important thing to remember is this: Yes, initially you will need to do a lot of measuring using this method, but eventually your eye will become trained to make many measurements for you....


Before you start, just note that all your measurements your pencil or paint brush must remain verticle or horizontal at all times, square on to your eye. The reason is: you will be drawing on a flat surface, so you cannot have your pencil waving around in three dimensional space. The following common mistakes in fig 6 the pencil is not verticle!
Fig 7 shows you the correct way, straight & vertical. On the horizontal Fig 8 shows the wrong way and 9 shows the correct way. Then take your own bottle and try it for yourself!



Fig 6. WRONG WAY.
Pencil not vierticle
it's on a slant.
Will give incorrect measurement
- DON'T WAVE
IT AROUND IN SPACE.

Fig 7. CORRECT WAY. this is how to hold the pencil.
Note that the little finger
locks it in place. Outstretch your arm...
NOTE! IT IS CRUCIAL THAT THE PENCIL
REMAINS VERTICLE ALL TIMES - DON'T WAVE
IT AROUND IN SPACE.

Fig 8. HORIZONTAL. WRONG WAY.
pencil not square on to my vision
pointing in space...

Fig 8. HORIZONTAL. CORRECT WAY.
In the horizontal
square on to my vision...

...Now have ago yourself, remembering the points above. You will have to try several times, just like learning any skill... you have to practice it!


Fig 9. Using width of the bottle
as my unit of measurement, keeping my hand in the same
position I now, see Fig 10...

Fig 10.... Put the pencil into the horizontal and
divide bottle width into total height
of the bottle... Yes
it goes 3 & 3/4. I've taken the guess work out of measuring!







...Now Iíve shown you the principle, this is how you would use the same method to measure the next subject,
three items: apple, bottle and pear. Nothing changes...







Fig 8. Note: though I'm still using the width of the bottle
as my unit of measure, I could equally use width or height of the apple,
or pear, as my unit. Holding my pencil as described above,
using the width of the bottle I can
find out how many times it divides
across this subject (apple, bottle and pear)...

Fig 9....Yes, divides across 3 & 3/4
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Learning how to draw is critical if you want to paint and draw well. Drawing in proportion is essential, in all aspects of art, whether drawing or painting. I often say: "drawing is the key to painting, and measuring is the key to drawing". If you can get the basic drawing correct and in proportion, then half the problem is solved. No matter how good a painter you are, unless you can draw up your subject with confidence and accuracy, you will nearly always fail. Drawing is the key.