My Summer School

Having just finished an excellent, inspiring and helpful observational drawing class with Ron Krouk, I gave myself 7 assignments, each one corresponding to one of the lessons we had during the big lockdown.

  • Week 1 – Perspective and Basic Shapes
  • Week 2 – Thinking in Shapes
  • Week 3 – Approaches to Drawing
  • Week 4 – Heads
  • Week 5 – Light and Perspective in Space
  • Week 6 – Drapery
  • Week 7 – Everything

Week 1: Perpective and Basic Shapes

This lesson was a much needed refresher on the rules of perspective and how light falls on objects in space. My self-assigned “homework” for this lesson was to remember the rules of perspective and be patient about rendering them. This is a collection of stuff that happened to be on my patio table after a drawing sesson.

Week 2: Thinking in Shapes

This lesson was about seeing things as abstract shapes and noting relationships in space. My “homework assignment” for this lesson was to find one of my sketches and do a notan sketch for planning a painting.

This week, I’m working on the “Approaches to Drawing” lesson. The aim of this lesson was to try three different approaches to rendering what I see:

  • Gesture
  • Contour
  • Straight lines and angles.

I’ll post these soon!

Drawing Basics

Box

This Spring, Zullo Gallery is offering a class called Observational Drawing, taught by Ron Krouck. I decided that it is time to review drawing basics.

The first class reminded me that drawing really can mess with your brain. First, we drew a foreshortened piece of paper “by eye”. Then we drew the same subject by looking through a piece of plexiglass and drawing on that. Oops! Big difference! My brain mapped something that my eyes weren’t really seeing.

We used the plexiglass method to carefully map and transfer the angles of a white box. By checking, and re-checking, I finally go the angles I needed. All those erased lines show how many tries it took with this method. But, it works!