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Observational Drawing

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Jessica Stuver

on 31 May 2012

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Transcript of Observational Drawing

Observational Drawing
drawing what you see

drawings from direct observation tend to be more realistic and successful than those drawn from memory
Contour Line Drawing
Smooth, continuous line; forces the artist to slow down and observe the subject very carefully
Contour line drawings can be weighted, where some lines or parts of lines are darker to indicate shading

Contour line is not outline; a contour line describes the interior and exterior line qualities of an object
Blind Contour Line
Drawing
the artist draws a subject without looking at it

pencil should move slowly, and at the same speed as the eyes

blind drawings force the artist to observe the subject
Basic Shapes
The three basic geometric shapes--the circle, triangle and rectangle--are the foundation of drawing

Find these basic shapes in objects to simplify your drawing
Casual Perspective
the way we understand the relationships of things in space
size, overlapping, placement

give the impression of spatial depth in a drawing
Observational Drawing
Essential Questions
How does observational drawing differ from drawing from memory?

Do you expect to improve your drawing skills through drawing from observation? Why or why not?
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