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The Straight Up "How To Draw Better" Workshop

Dennis Kardys
November 02, 2013

The Straight Up "How To Draw Better" Workshop

One of the first things taught in sketching workshops is, “It’s okay—you don’t have to be good at drawing.” True as this may be, when it comes to visual thinking a little drawing skill goes a hell of a long way. Fortunately, anyone can learn to draw. Roll up your sleeves, it’s time to bust out the vine charcoal and take a studio crash course in drawing fundamentals. We’ll do some basic exercises designed to develop your visual perceptual skills while equipping you with an arsenal of rendering techniques you can apply right away.

If the terrifying stare of the blank white sketchbook page paralyzes you with dread, or feelings of self consciousness leave you hesitant to show your sketches, you should attend this session. Novice and expert sketcher alike, you’ll leave with more confidence in your drawing ability and some practice exercises that’ll have you seeing noticeable improvements in no time!

Dennis Kardys

November 02, 2013
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  1. THE STRAIGHT UP
    HOW TO DRAW
    WORKSHOP
    Dennis Kardys | @dkardys

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  2. “Drawing can be considered a form
    of meditation. Meditation involves
    looking at the world without
    judgement and allowing what is in
    front of us to become
    understandable.”
    Milton Glaser - Drawing is Thinking

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  3. VERBAL
    LANGUAGE
    ANALYTICAL
    THINKING
    DIGITAL
    NON-VERBAL
    COGNITION
    SYNTHETIC
    THINKING
    SPATIAL
    ACTUAL/REAL
    SYMBOLIC
    L R

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  4. Patterns & Symbols

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  5. EXERCISE 1
    Complete the vase

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  6. FIRST, TRACE THE
    SILHOUETTE. AS YOU
    DRAW, NAME THE PART
    OF THE FACE YOU’RE
    DRAWING...SAY,
    “FOREHEAD, EYE, NOSE
    ETC.
    THEN, DRAW THE
    MATCHING SILHOUETTE
    TO COMPLETE THE
    VASE.
    DID YOU EXPERIENCE
    ANY CONFLICT AS YOU
    DREW?
    http://drawright.com/
    vaceface.htm

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  7. Edges & Contour
    PART 1

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  8. Fruit — Alphonse Mucha

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  9. Männlicher Akt mit rotem Tuch, Seated Woman with Bent Knee — Egon Schiele

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  10. Writing
    Grip
    • Good for precision
    and detail work.
    • Generally will
    produce a consistent
    line weight
    • Comfortable and
    familiar
    CONS
    • Can be less
    expressive
    • May encourage you
    to draw with just
    your wrist.

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  11. Brush
    Grip
    • More control over
    variable line weight
    • More expressive
    • Encourages you to
    use more of your
    arm while drawing
    • Good for large
    format drawing
    • Ring finger acts as a
    guide
    CONS
    • May take more
    getting used to
    • Better for long
    contours than fine
    details

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  12. Drawing Edges &
    Lines
    EXERCISE 1

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  13. Do you like to draw?

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  14. Shapes & Space
    PART 2

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  15. Poppies — Katsushika Hokusai

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  16. Draw Negative
    Space
    EXERCISE 3

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  17. Photo Credit: Zen Sutherland http://www.flickr.com/photos/zen/7555393756/

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  18. Draw Boney Brad
    EXERCISE 4

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  19. IDENTIFY DEVIATIONS IN PROPORTION
    DON’T ERASE MISTAKES UNTIL YOU
    AMEND YOUR LINE
    MAP OUT LANDMARKS ON THE PAGE
    ROUGH IN YOUR SHAPES THEN REFINE
    TIPS

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  20. Dennis Kardys | @dkardys | robotregime.com
    Thanks!

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