Art Knowledge: Lesson 7
Drawing the figure or human body is called life drawing. We can become
more skilled at life drawing from studying pictures or live models.
The basic guide for body proportion is in head lengths:
The figure of an average adult is 7 head lengths
The length of body, hips to toes is about 4 head lengths
The top of head to bottom of chest 2 head lengths
The length of pelvis to bottom butt region 1 head length
Two heads from elbow to end of extended fingertips.
At some point we realize that natural body positions are very important
to expressing action and story.
Reference Guide Lines (below) may help to capture the pose. head
oval, shoulder angle, spine length and angle,
arms to shoulder and legs to hip joints. Make these
guide lines very light so you can add details and mass
over them as you complete the sketch.
ART SKILL LESSONS (DEMOS) COVERED IN
THE MINI - ART SERIES:
PRACTICE SHOULD GO ALONG WITH
APPLY PRINCIPLES TO YOUR OWN ART EXPRESSION.
THESE SKILLS APPLY EASILY TO ALMOST
ANY AGE OR CLASS LEVEL FROM AGE 10 UP
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.
: Review E-Z 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
: Exploring drawing 3 dimensional
, 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
: Learning to show depth using,
. Size changes, Overlapping, Distant horizon,
raising on picture plain. Weekly sketch book assignments
Art Skills: Lesson 7
SKILLS TO WORK ON IN THIS LESSON: Continue drawing the E-Z way to produce
straight and curves Applying tone (gradations light to dark) brush tonal
shading using dry medium (chalk, pastel)
Recognizing logical positions of the surfaces (planes) that comprise any
Techniques that produce tone or shading:
1. Closely study the pose to try to understand the expression
Beginners often suggest the body in a stiff or expressionless
way. We eventually come to realize that natural body
positions are the best
to express action and meaning.
2. Guide lines are helpful in establishing
3. Here is a quick sketch method which can be used to
express a pose or action in a "short hand" method.
*'Gesture Drawing' is really no more than a controlled
"scribble" which records a quick impression
of the body action of your model
*Gesture drawing is
a quick sketch method that attempts to capture the expression
of the body position
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LESSON LIST CONTINUED:
Lesson 5: Using
the total space, Primary spatial breakup, Mapped spaces, Secondary
stages of drawing, using the areas within shapes. Practice interpreting
pictures as spatial 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: Adding detail to drawing,
black and white and color, stylization and pattern