Your June 19th, 2003 YouCanDraw.com
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Big upload today! It's the latest in the Flash Interactive Lesson series. As you
might recall we're re-hashing the most salient lessons from the Foundations of
Drawing section as we make our way through the entire book. Since I'm a certified
"Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" (DRSB) instructor, well that'll be what
you get - certified DRSB instructions :-).
It's important you've worked your way through the "Understanding the Picture
Plane" Lesson - it'll be harder to make sense of this one if you haven't yet. (You
can find that in the Archives.)
The beauty of the picture plane is that it offers a way to flatten the three dimensional real world into a drawable two dimensions. This is a step trained artists have mastered either consciously or unconsciously but without the ability to make this dramatic leap, drawing remains difficult. Without actually doing this exercise, explaining it is also very difficult. There's really no better way however to internalize the impact of drawing on a picture plane than by doing it.
Note: 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 "Modified Contour Drawing" 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:
In the Modified Contour Flash Lesson (today's focus) you make the move beyond just being familiar with the picture plane but to incorporating it into your regular drawing repertoire - so eventually you can do away with a physical plastic picture plane. In this Lesson you'll also learn about the importance and utility of specific things like keeping one eye closed as you draw close up objects, using cross hairs and vertical or horizontal borders for reference. You'll also review how to format and tone your paper, as well as how to "set a ground".
Screen shot of the Modified Contour Flash lesson
Lastly you'll get a glimmer into how shadows and highlights are just shapes too as you get set up to learn the second skill of drawing: recognizing negative spaces.
Yet another screen shot
of the Modified Contour
Lastly, you can buy a
portfolio/package of all the different ready made picture
planes, viewfinders, templates, drawing supplies, etc.
you might need for formatting from the DrawRight.com site
(Betty Edwards home site):
Enjoy! These are lot of
work to make - but well worth the effort - since
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