How do you take the raw material of the world and turn it into art? Today I will show you three photographs – a landscape, a still life, and a figure. And I wanted to show you the analysis I go through before I begin drawing.
You will see what I include, what I eliminate, and what I enhance because the world does not offer you a perfect picture very often. Nature gives you the raw materials. And then I’m going to show you the drawings I did of those three photographs, so you see the design, structure, and simplification. Ultimately, you’re the curator. You’re the one that finds that simplicity and coherence of art. As one artist once said, “Don’t let the subject kidnap you. You’re the one in charge.”
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I am using Blackwing Matte pencils to draw with and Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper.
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