Category: art

Art class

Just wanted to let you all know that I will be posting the next art lesson NEXT Thursday.  I had an impromptu trip 5 hours south this weekend and only returned yesterday evening–so am still recovering.  It as a good trip and God blessed it immensley but it meant I didn’t have a time to prepare this weeks lesson.  I also realize that many of you are behind due to your own busy-ness so think of this as an opportunity to get up to date if you feel you need to.  If not, I suggest you go outside and play or, if you really want to do an art lesson this week,  look for a drawing or painting that you like and then attempt to copy it.  This is a favorite excercise of many artists and is a great way to grow as an artist.

See you next week!

Art Class: lesson 4

Look at another person (either in real life or in a magazine.)  Look at their body parts–they have a head, shoulders, arms, legs, hips, feet, so on.  Look at all the joints (where the body bends).  Some joints just bend back and forth other joints rotate (go around).  Move your own body.  Which parts bend back and forth?  Which parts rotate?

When you draw a person’s body you have to pay attention to what each of those joints can do.  You also have to remember to draw even the bits you don’t think about.

When I draw a person I draw a stick figure first.  No, not a stick figure that is just two arms, two legs, a body and a head.  If I did that my people would have no hips and no shoulders.  Instead I draw an egg shape for the head (with the point where the chin should be), a line for the spine (which I curve in the way a spine would), a flattened oval for the hips and shoulders, straight lines for arms and legs, with circles for joints, hands, and the heels of the feet.

I draw this lightly as a sort of frame to which I add everything else.  This way I have the basic proportions down, as well as where each joint should be.  For years I refused to do this even though my art teacher told me to.  I insisted on doing it my way (I am stubborn).  And for years all my drawings had the proportions off.  The head was always the wrong size, the shoulders to wide or too thin or angled wrong, one arm would always insist on going where it didn’t belong and my people never looked natural.  Finally I figured out that my teachers were right.  If you draw very light (or use good drawing paper so you can erase easily) drawing in a skeleton of sorts will help your whole drawing and your people will suddenly move right.

God gave you a skeleton with bones and joints and your muscles and skin need that skeleton in order to be shaped right and move.  If you didn’t have a skeleton you would be a big blob.  Getting the skeleton right in your drawing will help the person you are drawing look and move in the way God created people to look and to move.

This week all I want you to do is practice drawing a skeleton–not a real skeleton , just an artist’s skeleton.  Use what you know about proportions to figure out height but now keep in mind where all the joints are as well as the shoulders and hips.  (Some artists also add in the rib cage and possibly a ball for the stomach–I usually don’t unless I really need it.)

Art Lesson 3: Measuring the model

If you missed lesson 2 that is all right, you can go back and look at it here and either do that this week or continue on to this one which will clarify lesson 2.

Last week I talked about how artists measure people in heads.  This is a difficult idea to grasp (it took me years to get it figured out and even now it isn’t an exact science.)  There is a bit of a trick to it that I didn’t mention but which will help you “get it”.

Let’s start with a picture in a magazine–choose one where the person is standing up straight and tall.  Now get a scrap of paper at least as tall as the person in the picture. Measure the persons head then make a another tik mark for the head, and again till you have something similar to a ruler.  Now figure out how many heads tall that person is.

This week I just want you to focus on measuring.   For each individual picture make a new head ruler (since each head is a different size:)).  Th emore you practice the easier this new form of measuring will get.  In fact after a while you will be able to “see” it in your head or just use a pencil and your thumb to measure how many heads tall a person is.

Let me show you some examples.

As you can see, the little girls here is three of her own heads tall.

The lady in the bridal gown is 7 of her own heads tall.

The lady with the hat is 7 of her own heads tall.  (An interesting note–on going through magazines I found that most models are 7 heads tall.)

I made a new “head ruller” from scrap paper for each of these.  I think it is interesting how people end up being either full heads tall or a number of heads and a half (though that is usually when they are still growing.)  However, where their hips, shoulders, and knees fall on this scale varies.

The more you practice measuring people using their heads the easier it will be to figure out how tall to make them and to get them in the right proportions for them.

Lesson 2 Drawings

I will be posting my children’s drawings here when they are finished as well as whoever sends or comments their link.  I will be gone today, working in the morning and at my grandmother’s in the afternoon and getting ready for our yard sale osome time in between.:)



Sunday Praise Doodle: Standing on the promises

Standing on the promises of Christ my King,
Through eternal ages let His praises ring,
Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,
Standing on the promises of God.

Standing, standing,
Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
Standing, standing,
I’m standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
Standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises I now can see
Perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me;
Standing in the liberty where Christ makes free,
Standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord,
Bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord,
Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword,
Standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises I shall not fall,
List’ning every moment to the Spirit’s call.
Resting in my Savior as my All in all,
Standing on the promises of God.