Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Post-Christmas sketch break

A few days off from illustrating while I work on the curriculum for the Beginning Drawing classes I will start teaching next week... (As if I needed more to do...) It is a very good review for me, and actually pretty motivating to be reading all of these books on drawing. The ones that I am spending the most time with are "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain", "Drawing for the Absolute and Utter Beginner", "Drawing - No Experience Required", and for a completely different approach: "Drawing From Within" (which could not be MORE non-academic). I am currently trying to synthesize and make sure I have enough exercises to suggest - as well as materials... I am scheduled to teach 3 sections of this, immediately followed by a 'follow-up' kind of class: "Drawing into Color" - where, surprisingly, a bit of color will also be introduced. :-) Anybody else have any books they particularly like for this purpose?

At any rate, a couple of quotes from my readings:

"Learning to draw is really a matter of learning to see - to see correctly - and that means a good deal more than merely looking with the eye."
- Kimon Nicolaides, "The Natural Way to Draw"

"The painter draws with his eyes, not with his hands. Whatever he sees, if he sees it clear, he can put down. The putting of it down requires, perhaps, much care and labor, but no more muscular agility than it takes for him to write his name. Seeing clear is the important thing."
- Frederick Frank, "The Zen of Seeing"

1 comment:

Maya said...

Hello tlc :)
I have the Kimon Nicolaides one which helped me a lot whith my drawing. Another good one is 'How to draw" by Cynthia Maris Dantzic'
Congratulations on your teaching position btw. :)