January 21st, 2002
Your YouCanDraw.com every other week caricature
Well we're busier than all get out preparing for our move, in and out of
town, packing...now didn't I say we'd be sporadic over the next several weeks?
Thanks so much for you patience. It's appreciated. Our actual moving date
is the 30th of January - out of LA and off to Minneapolis. Brr! (But the truth is
I love winter:-). Hopefully we'll be re-hooked to the web by February 7th. The Insider's Loft will still be there, in fact nothing will be different - except that I won't
be around to answer your questions during that time.
Also, I hope you all get the chance to honor and celebrate the Martin
Luther King Holiday (especially if you're in the United States.)
Today's caricature is of Tenzin Gyatso whom you may other wise know as
none other than the Dali Lama. Why the Dali Lama? Well he seems like
such a nice guy I didn't think he'd mind plus he's also very drawable :-). And
I'm not Buddhist. Here's a couple links for more pictures:
The picture I used was this one at Amazon - (except I just put those big
square glasses on him):
Amazon.com is now including large photos of book covers and even the first
chapters of many book - and some of the best pictures out there are on book
covers - and Amazon is a treasure trove of them!
I'll get back to saying a word or two about the picture after the move when
I have more time. Suffice it to say it's a fairly rapid sketch (it shows), largely
unfinished, but one I'm pretty happy with. (It's amazing how a good picture
speeds up the process!)
Get your first "Flash interactive"
If you've just signed up, make sure you click on this link - it's the link to the
first of several sizable downloads included in your purchase price. Here's
a blurb from the last communiqué:
....Well this is a biggee for YouCanDraw.com today we've gone hi-tech! Today
marks the launch of the first of several “Flash Interactive” lessons. I don't
think there’s anything else out there like them - seriously!
They’re interactive, they’re entertaining, they’re educational...and
they'll cut your learning time down 67.8%!
Well I don’t know about the 67.8% part, I’ve done no studies, but it sure
sounded good :-)
But what exactly is Flash?
“Flash” is an Internet technology that allows for motion, animation, sound,
and interaction in very compact file sizes. They’re like movies you can almost
talk to. (I did have to take the sound out because the files just got too big -
but they’re just as informative.)
Anyway, I’m very excited about the first one here and I hope you’ll find them
unique and very helpful.
Today’s Flash lesson focuses on the “Horizontal Landmarks of the Face”.
Those are guidelines the Greeks and the Romans used, that the renaissance
artists gauged their drawings by, and that caricaturists use to leap frog off
when sizing up the face.
Are they the only thing you’ll use to “figure out a face”? Of course not, but
they loom large in your grab bag of “sighting” tools you’ll learn to apply at
will when drawing faces. And along with understanding the vertical landmarks
of the face, perceiving each particular isolated feature of the face, and the three-D
perception of the head, you’ll be way ahead of the competition (even if you're
competing against no one but yourself :-) A firm understanding of those four
areas I believe will help catapult your portrait and caricature drawing. (And
we’ll be “Flash-i-fying” all four of these areas.)
Now unless you’ve read lesson 15 in it’s entirety, a lot of what I just said
won’t make a lot of sense. BUT, I’ll bet if you just go ahead and download
the lesson it’ll make more sense.
So here’s the link:
What’s it cost?
It cost’s you nothing - this is all prepaid and was included in your sign-up price!
What you can do for me
What I’d like you to do is give this first “interactive” a look. Let me know if
it makes sense to you, if it helps clarify the point about the horizontal landmarks
of the face and gets you seeking them out when you look at anybody’s face.
Your feedback is greatly appreciated.
So go for it, download it to your desktop (or if you’re a little more computer
sophisticated, make a separate file for them).
[When you click on the link, you should get a pop-up window. I recommend
choosing the “download to you hard drive/disc” option. When you “ok” the
download to your disc, you’ll get the familiar Windows file choice window.
If you scroll up, you’ll see the desktop option.]
The “Flash Interactive” file’s about 3.3 megabytes. (It’s no small fry :-). It could
take 8-10 minutes on a 56k modem. So click away and check it out! And let me
know what you think.
Here's that link again:
Take care all, I might get one more drawing out before I go - and keep
on drawing yourselves's!
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