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Art Class: lesson 2

Now that we know what we already know we can start to learn more about the body and its proportions.

Look at another person (either in real life or in a magazine).  Look at how tall they are, how long their body is, how long their arms are, how long their legs are.

If you know anything about horses you have probably heard of a horse being measured buy how many hands tall they are.  Artists use a similar measurement when measuring people.  You can measure a person using their head (unlike horse measuring “a head” is not a specific height, it is the height of that individual’s head).  You can “eye it” (use your eye to estimate how many heads tall) or you can use your pencil and thumb like a ruler to figure out how many heads tall and wide a person is.

Look at your person again (if you are in the room with someone else it will be better if you actually walk over to them and a piece of paper or pencil to measure their head then how many heads tall they are.)  Also measure how many heads wide they are at different points.  How many heads wide are they at the shoulder?  At the waist?  At the hips?  How many heads wide is one leg?  An arm?

If there is more than one person in the room (or in the magazine if you don’t have a person) do this test on the others.  Compare them.  Keep in mind the person’s age when doing it.  Is the person a child, a baby, a grownup?

Notice the difference between a baby, a child, a teen, a grown-up.  A baby is about 3 heads tall, as she grows she gets to be about 4 heads tall , then 5, and once she is grown up she will be about 6 heads tall.  A boy may end up being 7-8 heads tall.  Width also changes as a child grows.  A baby is only about 1 and a half heads wide, moving to about 2 heads wide as a toddler until adolescents.  A  10 to 12 year old girl starts to widen slightly at the hips and by the time she is grown she will probably be about 3 heads wide both at the shoulders and the hips.  A boy on the other hand will probably be about 2 heads wide at the hips and 3 at the shoulders.

Yes, everyone is different which is why this is a general rule.  It gives you something to go on and will help you figure out proportions when drawing from the imagination AND when drawing from life.  It will also help you if you want to draw in another style–for instance comic book illustrators tend to exaggerate certain proportions to make a point and manga/anime artists exaggerate them in a different way.  If you know the general rules for real people it will make learning to draw other styles easier.

This week I would like you to draw a family, it can be your’s or someone elses.  You can use stick figures or draw realistically if you like but I want you to use what I just explained about figuring out a person’s proportions using their head.  Draw people of different heights and ages.

Frugal Tips from the Past

One of my favorite things is to read books from the past–children’s stories, memoirs, cook books, household tips, and photographic journals. I love gleaning useful bits of information from them and hanging my understanding of history upon them. I have a pile of vintage household tip and cook books from the 1900’s on.

Alongside crazy home remedies are many useful ideas which I find especially helpful in making our income go as far as I can. I have also gleaned many money saving tips from my grandparents who lived through the depression. I thought maybe I would share some of my favorites. The photos are all from my husband’s family as well as one from my mom’s family (I need to grab the album I did for my grandma and take pictures of those as well.)Read More

Works for me Wednesday: Frugal clay facial mask


This is kind of off topic for my site though it is a frugal thing that we use so maybe not so much.You know those expensive clay masks for cleansing your skin that they sell in the health food stores (I am sure they sell them elsewhere too.)  Clay masks work wonders for clearing your skin and also work well for spot cleansing on a white or black head.  We also use moistened volcanic clay to draw out any sort of non-open skin infection–you just put a dab of the clay on the area that is affected–dab moistened clay on spot, let it dry, wash off.

The problem is they are also expensive.  Around here a small jar or tube costs $6 to $15.

yhst-34946187506477_1994_1150681015.jpegThere are plenty of recipes online for different homemade clay masks.  A quick google search will bring up dozens.  Our favorite is Bentonite powder which is a soft, volcanic clay known for its ability to absorb toxins. I buy Now brand which is only about $3 a bottle and lasts for about a year of use.  This clay is dry so I reconstitute it buy soaking it for over night with equal parts powder and water.  The result is a clay that you can use straight like I prefer for infections, pimples, and mask or you can combine with essential oils, honey, and/or yogurt to make a nice mask.