101 Things to Learn in Art School by Kit White

By Kit White

What is first thing to benefit in paintings tuition? "Art might be anything." the second one factor? "Learn to draw." With one hundred and one issues to profit in paintings university, artist and instructor equipment White promises and develops such classes, outstanding an instructive stability among technical suggestion and sage innovations. those one zero one maxims, meditations, and demonstrations provide either a toolkit of rules for the paintings pupil and a suite of guiding rules for the artist. Complementing all of the a hundred and one succinct texts is an both expressive drawing via the artist, frequently in response to a historic or modern murals, delivering a visible correlative to the written notion. "Art may be anything" is illustrated by means of a drawing of Duchamp's recognized urinal; an outline of chiaroscuro paintings is illuminated via a picture "after Caravaggio"; a lesson on time and media is observed via a view of a Jenny Holzer projection; suggestion approximately surviving a critique earnings resonance from Piero della Francesca's arrow-pierced Saint Sebastian. a hundred and one issues to profit in artwork tuition deals suggestion in regards to the concerns artists confront throughout all inventive media, yet this can be no easy instruction manual to creating artwork. it's a consultant to figuring out paintings as an outline of the area we are living in, and it's a consultant to utilizing artwork as a medium for notion. And so this booklet belongs at the interpreting checklist of artwork scholars, paintings lecturers, and artists, however it additionally belongs within the library of each person who cares approximately paintings as a manner of knowing life.

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Variation in pressure and weight is the visual equivalent of intonation. Marks, or lines, of consistent weight or thickness surrounding a figure or object will flatten the image. Tapering or breaking a line in a curve can connote a highlight or make the curve flow. Also, a tentative line will read as such. Give every mark or line authority and make sure it serves a purpose. Try to use only the marks you need. ” —Philip Guston, The Poem Pictures 19 The human figure is a complex construction composed of a rigid frame overlaid with soft, rounded, elongated muscles.

Its main volumes can be described with a series of interlocking ellipses. There are no straight lines in a body. And it is symmetrical. When laying out a figure drawing, try to do it with a series of interlocking ovals. This will insure that the figure maintains its dimensionality, its roundness in space. This roundness applies to most objects in nature. 20 Clear sight makes clear art. Observation lies at the heart of the art process. Whether your art derives from mimicking nature or extrapolating a mental construct, your powers of observation are critical.

The “points” refer to the number of “vanishing points” on the horizon where all parallel lines converge. One-point perspective occurs when the vanishing point is ahead of you (imagine looking down a railroad track). Two-point perspective occurs when looking obliquely at an object in space where two or more sides face you. 1╇ Establish the horizon (your eye level). 2 Establish the vertical height of the object closest to you. 3╇ Establish the vanishing point(s) and draw lines radiating from those points to the lines establishing the vertical height(s).

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