The Third skill of drawing:
Recognizing and Perceiving Angles and Proportions
(taken from communiqué 14 August 2003)
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Today's lesson covers arguably the toughest concept of drawing - and a persistent obstacle for many beginning artist: reckoning angles and proportion.

In this lesson you'll learn two techniques that will really aid in mastering these difficult concepts. Download the Flash lesson and dive on in! There's a couple inexpensive tools you may need to buy to do this lesson - don't let that stop you! Go through this lesson as many times as you need to until it sinks in. (It builds directly on what you've learned about picture planes and "formats" and "setting a ground" (all covered in previous Flash lessons). See it at the top of the page with today's date... 

Listing the five skills of drawing:

1) the perception of edges 
2) the perception of spaces
3) angles, perspective, and proportion
- today's focus
4) light and shadow
5) the gestalt

Click on the picture for the "Flash Interactive Lesson" for "Angles and  Proportion" - but please read the note immediately below the picture. (If you're accessing this on-line, go to the Flash link center in the upper right hand corner of the Archives page.)

Click for the "Flash" Lesson

: Due to the way the Flash Lessons are constructed and due to limitations within Flash technology itself, the links contained within the interactive lesson point to the online book (links of the "http://www...." type). All the same pages those links aimed at are within the book in front of you. 

For your convenience, the links contained within the Flash Lesson "Angles and Proportion" are repeated in their order of appearance within the table below. (Specifically the right half of the table - just read the  headline for each column :-) Further, they're linked to the book as it sits on your computer - they won't open a browser and you don't need a web connection to open them. What a deal :-) If you want to see if any new additions have been made to the online page, go for it and click on the links within the Flash Lesson or click on the links in the left hand column below. If you want to access those pages rapidly, refer to this list: 

On-line, out there on the Web - where you can find updates (if any) - click on any of these and a web browser will open. 

Click on these links and you'll be whisked to these pages right within 
this book

Understanding the Picture Plane

Modified contour

Negative Space: Archives

Lesson 8

Understanding the Picture Plane

Modified Contour

Negative Space: Archives

Lesson 8

animation 1 animation 1
animation 2 animation 2
animation 3 animation 3
animation 4 animation 4
Ani DiFranco sighting Ani DiFranco sighting
Advanced proportions Advanced proportions
negative spaces - Lesson 6 negative spaces - Lesson 6

Other relevant communiqués:

30 March 2001
1) Revisiting the Artist's Contract
2) Twenty five brand NEW  "Vase-face" practice drawings
3) Perspective resource: The Royal Academy's Perspective Pack

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