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14 November 2004 @ 12:16 am
Just a general question from a beginning drawer:

I'm doing the exercise from the book 'Drawing on the right side of the brain': draw your own hand.

I started of course with drawing the contour of the hand, that went pretty well; the proportions seem to be fairly right (not perfect yet of course).
Then I started to shade and I started with making the edges of the fingers and the hand and arm dark and fading to lighter shades toward the middle of the fingers etc; to give the impression of the roundness of the finger, but I'm not really sure whether that was absolutely necessary though and it doesn't seem to give the fingers and hand and arm the right shape. I then started to draw the little shadows of the wrinkles and such and this does seem to be forming the hand as it really is.

So my question is: what is the best way of beginning with shading here? Should I start with drawing the shades which are formed by all the little wrinkles or start with the general shades that are formed by the fingers themselves (I mean the shadows at the back of each finger at the shadow side of the hand). I hope this makes sense. Or doesn't it really matter with what I start?
16 October 2004 @ 12:02 pm
So yesterday at my third week of drawing class, I had to make a pencil drawing of an old leather bag that was all 'baggy' (this sounds weird saying that about a bag,don't know how to say it in english in a different way though); so it was a question of making the shades right in order to get the feel of the 'folds'in the leather.
My teacher told be I had to be careful not to make it all to grey and to leave more spaces white, but I find it difficult to leave areas white because I was looking at a dark brown bag. And I also had a hard time to bring the right tones of shade into my drawing. Would it be just a matter then to leave most of it white and just emphasize the most dark areas?
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26 September 2004 @ 12:23 pm
Hello everyone!

I 'm planning on enrolling in a drawing -course. My first class will be next Wednesday. I've never drawn before though (except for in high school and a few portraits I did 10 years ago ), but I don't know anything about it really. I would like to learn though . My grandfather was a painter , I only knew him when I was a child though and I always found that it was a pity that he couldn't have taught me how to draw and paint; so I'm taking my chance now.
The last few months I caught myself on searching for beautiful paintings, drawings or sculptures or poems on the internet whenever I felt a little 'down' and I was thinking that drawing myself would even give more satisfaction.
Feel free to give any tips for my first lesson.( I know that I can be a little impatient when I'm trying to do something that doesn't go quite the way as I would want it to go and I'm afraid that I will give up trying if it doesn't go as smoothly as I would like.)

By the way , I'm belgian , so excuse any language mistakes.

Are there other helpful communities for ' beginning artists'.