9 WEEK MINI COURSE

Learn Art Skills - Lesson 9

ADDING DETAIL TO YOUR ART
 

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Pinkmeister's approach to art is to choose the easiest way to produce any effect freely                            Begin drawing lightly and freely                      Use the simplest tool or method for the effect you desire                      Unlock your creativity by allowing your ideas to be free of pre conceived limitations;            

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Art Knowledge: Working with Detail
Detail is found in nature and in the subject matter around us. In order to do a good job adding detail you will need to be patient and systematic. Detail is found there in the subject or selection and we have to observe and study critically with the eye to see what details exist. Beginning art students tend to notice detail first and are overwhelmed or discouraged.
Detail is not the most important thing in a picture but is an enhancement like whipped cream on a sundae. Detail improves drawings and paintings when done with control. Do not try to scribble to suggest detail because scribbling in most cases neither suggests or describes. Target key features to be included as detail within the primary areas. Visually suggest details. We can suggest the details and textures of things without including or adding all of it.
STYLIZATION, STYLIZING: These terms refer to turning natural detail into pattern. Stylizing can be done with drawing and painting as well as crafted items like pottery, weaving and metal work. Native art is full of stylization. PATTERN is decorative and makes something that is plain more eye-appealing or fancy.
PATTERN; Pattern is a system of decoration using repeating shapes or strokes. Pattern involves grouping, or alternating pattern forms in some systematic order like OXXO OXXO, <O><O><O><O>, <<|||>><<|||>><<|||>> <<|||>><<|||>><<|||>>. See link to pattern on the art web sites at www.friendlyarts.net/Asdo or www.friendlyarts.net/Wheaton


TODAYíS ACTIVITIES:
Add detail to a pictureís basic structure: Here are some outline guide pictures I have supplied for you. These give the selectionís primary break-up. (This is the essential division of the picture into spatial areas.) Detail can be done with pencil strokes, single colored marker, multi colors of marker, colored pen, etc.

   

One great method is to use the metallic gel pens on a dark- toned sheet of paper. (Poster/Construction paper)
The images selected here lend themselves well to adding detail. There are some realistic guide pictures to suggest the kinds of details you can add.
Working with detail requires making a lot of strokes (dozens, hundreds) one stroke at a time. So be patient and take your time.
         

          

      

Art Skills: Lesson 9
SKILLS RELATING TO DETAIL:
Detail requires observation skills we have to observe and study critically with the eye to see.
Detail can be added in a variety of ways. One is to use small shapes or marks in a single color. Another method is too use color variety to supply the detail elements.
3 beautiful pen drawings by Rembrandt. Rembrandt uses skillful strokes to bring out details like hair and shadowing. click to view larger images.


Below Vincent Van Gogh Drawing: Vincent uses descriptive strokes of the pen or pencil in his landscape drawings.

    

Below: Source picture with break up areas

    
The pictures below are imaginary and you can use your imagination in interpreting detail. Left: Showgirl with glittery costume, Middle: Mountain man in furs. Right: Tropical bird

 

Where to find Pinkmeister's art resource web sites:
On these web sites you will find dozens of art and design lessons.
http://www.friendlyarts.net/Asdo/
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http://www.friendlyarts.net/Wheaton/

Places to see the work of great artists.

 

 



THE ART SKILL LESSONS (DEMOS) COVERED IN THE MINI - ART SERIES:
PRACTICE  SHOULD GO ALONG WITH EACH LESSON
APPLY PRINCIPLES TO YOUR OWN ART EXPRESSION.
THESE SKILLS APPLY EASILY TO ALMOST ANY AGE OR CLASS LEVEL FROM AGE 10 UP


Lesson 1
: Drawing the easy way. The difference between, compositions, studies and sketches. Thumbnail sketches. What are paradigms? Paradigms that apply to creativity. Three parts in any creative art project. Terms: line, space, shape, art media.
Lesson 2: Review EZ drawing. Expressive lines, Descriptive lines, Shapes. 2 dimensional forms, 3 dimensional masses, shading, illumination. Using tone in drawing and sketching - Reminder: please have a small plastic container to use for wash drawings next week
Lesson 3: Exploring drawing 3 dimensional objects, What makes a form appear to be 3 dimensional? turning 2d into 3d forms. Interpreting common objects into 3 dimensional components, apply methods of shading
Lesson 4: Learning to show depth using, simple perspective. Size changes, Overlapping, Distant horizon, raising on picture plain. Weekly sketch book assignments
Lesson 5: Using the total space, Primary spacial breakup, Mapped spaces, Secondary stages of drawing, using the areas within shapes. Practice interpreting pictures as spacial areas. Weekly sketch book assignments
Lesson 6: Draw human faces, three views of face, cartoon and caricature styles Weekly sketch book assignments
Lesson 7: Drawing the human body, gesture, proportion, foreshortening, quick sketch methods. You will be a model for your partner and visa versa. Weekly sketch book assignments
Lesson 8: Compositions Interpreting themes with forms or symbols
Lesson 9
: Drawing with detail, add pattern, stylizing detail