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Draw Like A Pro http://www.drawlikeapro.com Are you ready to become a real artist ? Fri, 20 Nov 2015 11:06:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.9 From black to white http://www.drawlikeapro.com/from-black-to-white-428/ Tue, 21 Aug 2012 13:16:56 +0000 http://www.drawlikeapro.com/?p=428 Contrast is an important thing to understand as we would likle to appreciate tones and colors.

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When a dark tone surrounds a lighter tone area the contrast between the two areas is more obvious. Before we specify the word “contrast” let’s clarify the word “tone”. The quantity of light has influence on the tone just as much as the color of a specific patch. An orange patch would be a lot lighter in tone than a black one when you look at them next to each other but if you compare them to a pink one, the orange one and the pink one might be of the same tone. To make all this more clear, you can put together several pieces of paper of different colors and sort them out from the darkest to the lightest using your own judgment. If you look at them with half-closed eyes you will be able to minimize the importance of colors as you really can see the different tones. Also, pay attention to the change of light when the dawn falls. If you sit down on your terrace and look at the trees across the street, as the light of the day gets dimmer, you will see how colors are slowly replaced by by a variety of tones. Let’s assume we have a moonless night… When it finally gets totally dark, a simple light turned on or off will change dramatically the different tones noticeable on the trees, the houses, the people and other things around you. it’s all a matter of contrast…

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Christine’s thoughts on her Brussels art session http://www.drawlikeapro.com/christines-thoughts-on-her-brussels-art-session-403/ http://www.drawlikeapro.com/christines-thoughts-on-her-brussels-art-session-403/#respond Mon, 31 Oct 2011 11:52:19 +0000 http://www.drawlikeapro.com/?p=403 “These were 2 weeks of pure happiness, from beginning until the end. We had some challenges of course, particularly during the first week, but I can sincerely say that I’m happy and proud I took this session.” Christine actually picked a rather difficult subject. One of the objects in her still life was in fact […]

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Easels... More easels...“These were 2 weeks of pure happiness, from beginning until the end. We had some challenges of course,
particularly during the first week, but I can sincerely say that I’m happy and proud I took this session.”

Christine actually picked a rather difficult subject. One of the objects in her still life was in fact a mother-of-pearl box.

“These were small objects that I like very much and I always dreamt of being able to paint them some day”.

Christine passed over each step and managed, according to one of the objectives of the course, to completely change her values on at least two aspects. She used her retina in a different way. Christine was actually able to improve her observation skills by a major step, not only with shapes but also with tints, colors and reflexions
Still life by Christine

 

Whenever we look at an object, we actually only see that particular object. Then, we see the details of the object and only then, do we see the details of the details.

Christine noticed that each time she was moving her eyes or her head by half an inch, the spots reflecting the specter broken down into the mother-of-pearl box were different. She actually was the only person of the class who used turquoise and bright pink to render the reflection of the mother-of-pearl.

To summarize that exceptional training session, Christine, mentioned the incredible riches of both the human aspect and the artistic discoveries.

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Art training courses in Brussels http://www.drawlikeapro.com/art-training-courses-in-brussels-389/ http://www.drawlikeapro.com/art-training-courses-in-brussels-389/#respond Sat, 22 Oct 2011 07:25:28 +0000 http://www.drawlikeapro.com/?p=389 Every so often, a teacher needs to face a real live class. Piet Herzeel, founder of the Signus online drawing course, firmly believes in this. Actually, after many    months of putting the online course together, he had a true need for a live class… It was also, for him as well as for the students, […]

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Every so often, a teacher needs to face a real live class.

Piet Herzeel, founder of the Signus online drawing course, firmly believes in this. Actually, after many    months of putting the online course together, he had a true need for a live class…
It was also, for him as well as for the students, a great opportunity to enjoy the wonderful city of BrusselsHe has had two sessions so far during the past two summers.
The first one was only devoted to oil painting, Flemish technique and last summer had a little more  variety with a session on dry pastel, live nude drawing and also Piet’s specialty again, the oil painting,  Flemish technique.

The sessions usually take place at the end of july when people often have a little more time. They take place at the 1st and 3rd floor of a private house located in a peaceful street of Ixelles. The second floor is actually used to lodge a few students. Meals are taken on the spot during the lunch break or at one of the small restaurants of the area depending on your preference.

PASTEL TECHNIQUE


In just a few days, you will know all that you need to know so you can find out how you can appreciate this  particuliar technique.
All Signus training sessions require a minimum of knowledge in drawing but you don’t need to be already a pro.

The material.
For the last sessions it was asked to bring dry chalk pastel as well as pastel crayons. As for the paper, the half tint sheets are fine.
You can find several kinds of paper at the school in order to become familiarized with the different sorts.
If you cannot bring any pastel, you will be able to find some there at a very affordable price.

OIL PAINTING

Painting by student

Piet does not wish the students to bring any material. All you can bring would be an apron, rags of coton (not fluffy. Bed sheets per example), 3 small empty jelly jars. The paintbrushes you are supposed to bring will be described early next year.
You can also bring two or three nice looking objects of your choice that you will be able to paint after you organize your still life. A choice of appropriate objects are available there and you can also paint a fruit or some food that you can buy in the neighborhood.

LIFE MODEL DRAWING

Live nude drawing

For the life model drawing, you will find all the necessary material in the room but if you prefer, you can bring charcoal crayons or chinese brushes if you are used to them. Some students feel more at ease with their own material.

And after a whole day of learning and practicing, the city of Brussels is to be visited with its history and museums…  Piet always makes sure everybody has the best possible time.

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More about water http://www.drawlikeapro.com/more-about-water-386/ http://www.drawlikeapro.com/more-about-water-386/#respond Thu, 29 Sep 2011 15:44:25 +0000 http://www.drawlikeapro.com/?p=386 There are a few similarities between drawing skies and drawing water. If you can imagine a still surface of water nicely lit up by a bright sunshine, you can also imagine how simple and easy it would be to use a piece of white paper to draw that clear surface a little bit like you […]

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There are a few similarities between drawing skies and drawing water. If you can imagine a still surface of water nicely lit up by a bright sunshine, you can also imagine how simple and easy it would be to use a piece of white paper to draw that clear surface a little bit like you would draw a sky. Most the time, if you feel that you have to draw lines and it is sometimes the case when drawing still water, make sure they stay horizontal. It is in fact hard to resist from the temptation to draw vertical lines when you see the reflexion of a vertical object. That’s when the technique of the horizontal lines should be respected in spite of the temptation. Even when the water surface is agitated, the horizontal lines should be used… Of course, the undulations of the water seem to push us toward other kinds of lines going the way the water goes. It’s tempting to fall into the trap. Actually, unless the water is really running in all different ways, it’s best to keep horizontal lines as much as possible. Of course, it is needed to skip a few lines here and there and to “organize” a certain irregularity among them. When the weather gets rough or if we are to draw a waterfall or some rapids on a river, the lines we draw should follow the general movement of the flow. Just make sure you don’t overdo it. As with skies, when we draw water, we have to be very bashful with lines. In drawing water, the plain surface of the paper is actually the best base as long as we know how to shape it with the right amount of lines. The picture is a good example of how the lines follow the flow until it becomes stagnant or at least flat. Notice the few lines used to show a large volume of water. Using too many lines would have taken away the impression of heaviness. When drawing skies or water, let’s be greedy on these tempting lines…

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Life model drawing in Brussels http://www.drawlikeapro.com/life-model-drawing-in-brussels-416/ http://www.drawlikeapro.com/life-model-drawing-in-brussels-416/#respond Tue, 06 Sep 2011 18:29:59 +0000 http://www.drawlikeapro.com/?p=416 The first Life model drawing training session by Piet Herzeel took place in july and august 2011 in Brussels. He decided to begin with a female model, easier to start with. Some models are more adapted to sketching than others. The model we had last summer was very interesting in the sense that she is […]

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The first Life model drawing training session by Piet Herzeel took place in july and august 2011 in Brussels. He decided to begin with a female model, easier to start with. Some models are more adapted to sketching than others. The model we had last summer was very interesting in the sense that she is perfectly adapted to the different levels and experiences of all the students. In order to satisfy everybody, the model took many short poses in order to create the effect that we really want: forgetting the tool and concentrating on the model and the rhythms of the poses. Short poses also allow you to try out various techniques, charcoal, pastel, ink, pencil and so on… A preparatory work is always done in order to discover a few techniques needed for taking measures and displaying the subject on the sheet. The poses taken the previous day are repeated daily for about 30 to 45 minutes in order to allow the students who want to finish up a drawing to do so during the whole length of the session. The students who want to do differently can always circle around the model during that time in order to catch one view or another concentrating on some anatomy detail or aiming for sketching from several angles. If you continue on with an oil painting session, you can always use one of your best sketches as a draft for a painting. If you decide to do so, you can actually adapt your approach during the life model session. You will still have to work on a still life in order to follow the oil painting session though. Life model drawing is a necessary step in learning how to understand how the human body looks and how it moves. I hope to see you in Brussels one day with Piet. We’ve had the best of time so far and we look forward to keeping up the good work and enjoy learning what only very few can have access to…

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Cattle and deer http://www.drawlikeapro.com/379-379/ http://www.drawlikeapro.com/379-379/#respond Thu, 25 Aug 2011 06:51:51 +0000 http://www.drawlikeapro.com/?p=379 When it comes to drawing, you might hear about cattle and deer as if they were in the same category. Of course, they do have things in common… As for the main differences, we can say that, on a zoological point of view, they differ quite a bit. As for the common points, and that’s […]

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When it comes to drawing, you might hear about cattle and deer as if they were in the same category. Of course, they do have things in common… As for the main differences, we can say that, on a zoological point of view, they differ quite a bit. As for the common points, and that’s what is of interest for us, we can easily notice that the back is almost perfectly straight in both categories.
Also, the antelope and the buffalo as well as the bull have a very flat head from the poll to the tip of the nose. The ears are fairly low on each side of the head because the horns, big or small, cut or not, are set on top of the head. Unlike the horse or the cat, the whole body, from shoulders to buttocks is full of angles. Cattle have in common a very straight horizontal back and belly. In both categories, the hind legs tend to slope forwardwater trampoline australia for sale.

Notice the rectangular shape of the body

A wild and gracious version of our farm cow

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The dog http://www.drawlikeapro.com/the-dog-377/ http://www.drawlikeapro.com/the-dog-377/#respond Thu, 14 Jul 2011 20:52:24 +0000 http://www.drawlikeapro.com/?p=377 It is correct, in a way, to say that all dogs have a similar anatomy. It is also accurate to say that they’re all so different. Unlike cats, dogs have been subject to all sorts of selective breeding depending on the period, the place or the culture. They have things in common but it is […]

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It is correct, in a way, to say that all dogs have a similar anatomy. It is also accurate to say that they’re all so different. Unlike cats, dogs have been subject to all sorts of selective breeding depending on the period, the place or the culture. They have things in common but it is hard to say what is the proportion of similarities among the vast variety of dogs.

Straight legs are, most of the time, considered as an esthetic quality for a dog. Nevertheless, for some dogs such as the bull-dog, bowed legs are needed for good proportions.
The details of the anatomy are very visible on a greyhound. There is not much fat or skin or hair to hide it. The yorkshire terrier’s anatomy, though, is totally hidden by his hair.

The snub wrinkled nose of the pekinese is quite different from the pointy nose of a dachshund. Besides that particularity, they both have a similar body with short legs and a long body.

When it comes to drawing a dog, the conclusion is that only a close observation of each individual can lead to an accurate portrait.

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The fan… http://www.drawlikeapro.com/the-fan-374/ http://www.drawlikeapro.com/the-fan-374/#respond Tue, 21 Jun 2011 17:37:52 +0000 http://www.drawlikeapro.com/?p=374 Where does the hand-held fan come from ? The Orient supposedly… When was it first used ? Since the creation of woman, with no doubt, ladies being naturally so charming and this attire being so elegant must have appeared the same day woman first existed. I’m convinced that Eve was using one in the garden […]

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Where does the hand-held fan come from ? The Orient supposedly…
When was it first used ? Since the creation of woman, with no doubt, ladies being naturally so charming and this attire being so elegant must have appeared the same day woman first existed. I’m convinced that Eve was using one in the garden of Eden. Her fan, bird feather, leaf or flower, to be more primitive, was nonetheless a fan !

Whatever its age or its origin, we must admit that it is the most charming piece of jewelry and the most precious ornament on a woman. It is actually the pretext for so many gracious moves and ravishing poses.

Sometimes mysterious, sometimes frivolous, imperious or teasing, it allows the protected face to shelter or to hide a smile, dry off a tear. It’s used more often to restrain a yawn due to a boring affair or to conceal a burst of blush listening to a hot story, than…

To keep off bugging flies,
To protect from the cold when the sun goes down,

Nothing more fanciful, alert, spiritual than the hand-held fan :

A fan can express all that you feel,
all that a heart can suffer.
It can flatter, refuse, agree,
condemn and approve.

It is therefore not a surprise that it has inspired so many poets and suggested delicate illustrations to
so many artists. Such as Watteau, Fragonard, Lancret, Moreau the young if we only mention the XVIIIth century artists, when nicely decorated fans were in fashion !

To make a pleasant composition and create an attractive painting on a fan, one must know how to do a little bit of everything, one must bend to all conceptions.

There is no limit in the composition of a fan or a screen blind.

All subjects can be painted, no matter how strange it may look, as long as you stay away from the common and the trivial : one can remain gracious while being original at the same time, treat highly unconventional subjects while keeping a good taste, even use, as decorative motive, unexpected objects or quite ordinary things while staying distinguished.
It all depends on the way you make your composition and interpret your work.

You can use a vegetable as well as a flower ; you can use a fish or a bird ; a dog, a cat, a rabbit can
make a terrific subject. I even pretend that the little pink pig can be a very pleasant subject. It can be part of a charming little scenery.

It has been said that, in faraway countries, that fairies can turn ugly things into gold or precious stones ; all you have to do is to pick something trivial and turn it into something beautiful and charming…

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The cat http://www.drawlikeapro.com/the-cat-368/ http://www.drawlikeapro.com/the-cat-368/#respond Sun, 29 May 2011 14:55:37 +0000 http://www.drawlikeapro.com/?p=368 The cat, in spite of the respect, admiration and sometimes worship that man has or had for him, has not suffered from the centuries of selective breeding. Unlike the dogs, the cat’s anatomy has remained the same altogether. The actual cat that we all know is quite the same as the one worshiped by the […]

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The cat, in spite of the respect, admiration and sometimes worship that man has or had for him, has not suffered from the centuries of selective breeding. Unlike the dogs, the cat’s anatomy has remained the same altogether. The actual cat that we all know is quite the same as the one worshiped by the pharaohs.
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Even his big brothers such as the tiger, lion or panther, have kept their typical shape. To summarize, we can depict the cat’s body as narrow from one end to the other. The back legs, higher than the front ones, give him that powerful look and the wide jaws show the hunter in him blow up water slides. The forehead is receding and the ears far apart. The eyes are wide and round with an expression of concentration. The neck is short and strong. The cat always gives an impression of suppleness and the abundant skin sort of hides all anatomical details.

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Drawing animals http://www.drawlikeapro.com/drawing-animals-356/ http://www.drawlikeapro.com/drawing-animals-356/#respond Tue, 17 May 2011 09:39:29 +0000 http://www.drawlikeapro.com/?p=356 If you want to know the different techniques to draw animals you should first concentrate on one species only and then find out the differences with the other ones. It’s accurate to say that all vertebrates have a lot in common. They all have a spine. Sometimes, it holds them upright and internally like  for […]

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If you want to know the different techniques to draw animals you should first concentrate on one species only and then find out the differences with the other ones. It’s accurate to say that all vertebrates have a lot in common. They all have a spine. Sometimes, it holds them upright and internally like  for the humans but it can also be horizontal like for a snake and it could even be a shell like in a turtle. Once you understand the principle you can apply it to all kinds of different vertebrates.

THE HORSE
The animal that has been drawn the most has always been the horse. Being a symbol of animal beauty and one of the most loved animals, drawers and painters have always considered the horse as their favorite subject after humans, among the living creatures.

The most important proportion to know is this one: You can draw a square (Fig 1) that reaches the  base of the neck to the beginning of the tail and then goes down to the hind foot, then left to the forefoot and finally up to the neck. The shoulder is perfectly located above the front toe. The quarters right above the point of the hock. Notice that the back of the square is lined up with the long tendon  going from hock to fetlock.

Fig 1

The line E, F, following the neck, represents the half of the line A,B. Its angle depends on where the head is carried.
The distance between the poll and the muzzle represents a third of the distance between the poll and the root of the tail.
The eye is located at about a third of the distance between the poll and the muzzle.
On the adult horse, the distance between the crown of the withers and the point of the elbow is the same as the distance from the elbow to the fetlock.

As in any type of drawing that involves living things, having a good knowledge of anatomy brings a tremendous help. You might have noticed that an animal will not necessarily stay still as you’re trying to sketch him. A certain amount of reconstruction will then be needed and your knowledge of anatomy will allow you to finish your drawing with precision.

It is important to realize that the skeleton of a horse is built with the same principles as those in the human skeleton. The legs, of course, are stretched in a different way. It is quite interesting to notice that the bottom part of the horse’s leg, made of a single toe, is much more elongated than in the human leg when the top part of the leg is almost hidden inside the body of the horse. You will also notice that the names of the bones are almost the same as in the human skeleton.

A few common mistakes:
The eye should have an angle of 45 degrees with the line of the face instead of being parallel to the line of the face.
The hock  should  be lined up with the back of the croup. The croup should always be round and full when the shoulder should be bony and straight.
The forelegs as well as the hind legs should be parallel and straight. All four hooves should be placed a little forward and should be shorter in the back than in the front.

Fig 2

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Fig 8

Fig 2 and 4 show how the forelegs and the hind legs are parallel two by two. Fig 3 shows how the head slowly narrows down from the poll to the muzzle.  Fig 5 shows the position of the neck reaching down to the ground in order to eat. Notice the beautiful curve…
It’s commonly accepted to say that the horse only has one foot off the ground at a time when he walks, two when he trots, three when he canters and all four when he gallops. Fig 6 shows a galloping horse. Fig 8 shows a horse who is starting to trot after walking and Fig 7 shows a jumping horse with his neck lined up with the back.

Horses have been considered as a classical and mandatory model for drawers all along the history of man from the cavemen until now. It’s a beautiful animal who deserves our admiration and artistic interest.

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