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Animals by Artists
Animals by Kids
Artist's Self Portraits
Artists and their Sketching
Artists Using Words
Art and Words
Australian Dot or Dreamtime Paintings
Chinese Brush Painting
Clouds & Value
Color, Examples of Warm and Cool Color
Continuous Line Drawing
Contemporary Still Life
Still Life contour Drawings
Faces and Contour Drawing
Georgio de Chirico
Depth,Space, too Close
Dragon Flies and Hummingbirds
Drawing Objects Using Shapes
Fibre and Weaving
Folk Art - Music
Frank Gerhy Architect
The Hairy Who School Of Art
Hats by Artists
Illuminated Letters & Manuscripts
the Illusion of Depth
Manet Not Monet
Pen and Ink
Patterns in Line and Shape and Forms
Positive - Negative
Scribble and Gesture
Stylize or Simplify
Strokes and Marks
Trees by assorted artists
Van Gogh Drawings
VAn Gogh Paintings
Velasquez and Zubaran
Wolf Kahn Landscape Pastels
(see value also)
Modified Contour with the addition of some contour lines
Contour lines. notice how they define the form of the object ataking it from flat shape to form. notice also the aspect of light causing the illusion of depth along with the contour lines.
Gesture drawing also defines form as well as movement
The quality of line is very important in drawing
simply put good line quality defines good drawing from bad drawing.
if you study above, then you will understand how artists such as Van Gogh used shading to define his illusions of space and depth.
Van Gogh used light , dark, short, long, you name it with regards to line quality and or characteristics.
degas' drawing of hands exhibits great line quality.
Below light and shadow.
Light and shadow give shape a form. this is part of the illusion of depth.
Shadow is the absence of light.
Shading is the act of making shadow.
Rays of light determine the shadows length, the angle actually of the light rays hitting the object.
The parts of a shadow and shading. there is also rim light which some refer to as reflected light but it is actually a pictorial device that separated an object from the darkness of the shadow. It is a thin strip of light on the object between the dark of the object and the dark of the shadow. Is it real? i do not know but it works so well that i tend to see it there, real or not.
different degrees of pencil. graphite is made from graphite and clay. the more clay the lighter the graphite.
above is a value scale.
it is a way of measuring light.
Shading techniques for sketching or drawing. Smudging is also called blending.
hatching is defined as a 45degree parallel mark. our eyes flatten out horizontal and vertical marks even though they can be used in heaven dark shading.
was a master draftsman. look at his use of cross hatching and contour hatching here.
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