All materials to be used in my demonstrations will be explained fully. In general, I travel very lightly with a minimum of tools. I use nothing larger than 8.5 X 11 inch paper (or A4) and often much smaller sketchbooks, simple, easily acquired watercolor sets, pencils and pens. I have developed some methods of working with my materials that go back to methods and procedures used over the centuries by artists which are as applicable today as they were then. I have broken the lessons into a series of steps that build upon each other. Since the demonstrations are real life situations there will be considerable overlapping so that the steps both technically as well artistically will be covered in many varied situations. The fundamentals do not change but the opportunities for their use are varied.
Sketching Class Outline
Materials and their demonstrations. Point to Point, the fundamental first step, learning to see pictorially.
Thumb Nail Sketches, focusing one’s attention and development of subject.
Planes in Space, creating the Illusion of depth, a primary first element of pictul organization.
Light and Dark Patterns. The main element of a design that gives us the overall look of our work. This is a continuation of elements discussed in the thumb nail sketches.
Pencil Technique. The Broad Pencil technique is a universally used approach in rendering subjects from landscapes to figures. This approach is used widely in many forms of illustration.
The Quick Sketch as a step in developing a drawing. In this lesson the sketch on location will be used in carrying the drawing further at a later point in time.
The Silhouette - Positive and Negative Shape. The elements of instant recognition of one’s subject.
Three Dimensional Figures as well as the diagramming of space.
Atmospheric Perspective and it’s use in creating space.
Using the Camera or Smartphone as a tool.