Monday, April 30, 2018

World of Arts: Coloured Pencils Drawing

There are limitless of result you can achieve with coloured pencil technique. - Photo by: Morgan Davidson

Time to move on to the next stage of our drawing exercises. Here you can choose the colouring techniques that you like. Anyway, since the coloured pencils technique has been the basic in colour – you should at least try it, even if you don’t want to make it your professional fields. With coloured pencils technique, it will be easier for you to understand any other colouring techniques such as watercolour, oil, acrylic and etc.

Here I only can show you the basic things you need to know with this technique, it’s either you can follow the free tutorial courses from the YouTube or you can enrol in any online courses to get greater results. There are countless result, you can achieve with any techniques as long as you keep on learning. In fact, you can also try the mix media techniques using colour pencil.

Tools

To start this technique all you need to have is the colour pencil sets. There are few sets of colour pencil that consist of 12, 24, 36, 48, 72, 132, and 150 (the amount of colour pencils also can be different with different brands).

For the start you can have the smaller sets of colours on 12 or 24. At the earlier stage what you need to know is the techniques instead of the result of your painting. The other reason is, you want to know which brand is good for you. You don’t want to buy a complete set and after that found that the other brand in much better.


You can start with basic coloured pencils set. - Photo by: mymodernmet.com 

Colouring Techniques

There are similarity of colour technique with colour pencils and the shading process with a regular pencil. That’s why, starting with colour pencil will be the easy step to start for the colouring process before your shift into any other colouring techniques.

There are some strokes you need to learn when using the colour pencils. Strokes will give different textures to your result. Other important skills with coloured pencils is the colour blending. The colour blending will give you extra shades of colours instead the total colour that you have on your colour set. The other thing is mixing colours with coloured pencils is different with the mixing colour with watercolour and oil paintings.

In order to master this technique you need to get enough exercise to get a good result. Then you also need to know that different brand of coloured pencils going to give you different effects. In order to speed up your learning, it is better if you are following any classes so you can get a proper guide and discussion.

Here we are going to see some samples of colouring techniques with coloured pencils. What you need to remember, you need to first master the basic techniques before you can come out with a very good result. Keep on practicing, keep on exploring different techniques in order to produce a better result.



You can keep on searching relevant tutorial videos or even follows the related channels to make sure that you always learning something new.


You need to keep on exercising in order to get stunning results like this painting by Néstor Canavarro. – Photo by: Néstor Canavarro

Online Classes

Or you can simple follow an online classes. With online classes you will be able to interact with others or your trainer in more details about your works. Plan properly, so you can dedicate enough time if you decide to invest in online courses.

You can also have your painting group where you can work together in order to improve your paintings result. For example, you can follow an online classes through this website drawpj.com, but there are many other online classes you can find all over the internet.


Look how beautiful is the result of coloured pencil techniques. - Photo from: drawpj.com

Keep on practicing in order to get a better result. - Photo by: Morgan Davidson


Coloured pencil is the most basic technique. Even though it’s not popular as watercolour, oils or acrylic, coloured pencils can provide you with better ideas of other colouring techniques. You also will find many good paintings produced with coloured pencil techniques. Keep on exploring and always keep on learning.



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Friday, April 27, 2018

World of Arts: Drawing Tools

The basic drawing tools are very easy. You can start almost anytime. - Photo by: easy-drawings-and-sketches.com


We talked about the drawing exercises yesterday, and today we are going to talk about the tools. To start your drawing lessons, you don’t need to have too many tools actually. These tools anyway, will grows together with your skills. So, don’t rush to get all the tools at the same time, but buy it only when you are ready to use it.

The Basic Tools

These three things are the only things you need as a start. For the first few exercises you don’t have to use too many tools. Once you realize that you need to move on to the next stage, then you can add your tools (such as for details shading exercises).

Pencil (you can start with one - better if you have H, HB, and 2B)

You don’t have to use too many pencils for basic exercises. - Photo by: vickerey.com 
You can also use the mechanical pencils, but the best start is with regular pencils. - Photo by: cassart.co.uk



Paper (for basic practice you can do it on any paper - regular A4 paper is cheaper for practice)

The regular A4 paper will save you lots of money. - Photo by: malaysia.exportersindia.com

Eraser (make sure you have a nice clean rubber eraser).

The good quality eraser will leave you a clean surface. - Photo by: skout.com.au

Ruler (this is to draw the guidelines when you do the perspective exercises)

The transparent ruler will enable you to see what’s underneath it. - Photo by: hobbycraft.co.uk

For the first few lessons such as drawing basic shapes, lines, perspectives, and basic human & animal shapes and also composition all the tools above are enough. Focus on the result you want to achieve on the exercises (at this stage, the shapes and quality of lines are more important than the shading). So, don’t worry about your tools.

Other additional tools such as storage case or files to keep your drawing – to see your progress. You need to make sure your progress to understand the different between all the exercises. It’s also important for you to check on your progress (make sure there’s improvement in your exercises.

Always get something to get you inspires to keep on drawing. - Photo by: milestonetoma.blogspot.my

Now you know that to start your drawing exercises, you don’t have to spend too much on tools, and it’s more about your own passion to try something new. Always get yourself inspired with new drawing you want to try, but don’t get too hard on yourself as you’re just beginning your lesson. Give yourself enough time. So, get advice from someone who you know how to draw.




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Thursday, April 26, 2018

World of Arts; Build Your Drawing Skill

Good drawing requires few basic skills. - Photo by: drawingartpic.com


Everyone has the ability to draw whether it is good or not. Such as any other skill, drawing quality will improve with repetitive training. This process anyway can be shortened with talent and proper training. So, if you are interested in drawing, one thing that you need to put in mind - find a good training program and keep on learning.

Drawing

Drawing is an important skill in many fields. Whether you truly want to be an artist, or you want to be a biologist or scientist – the drawing skills really going to help you a lot. Even for house builders, basic drawing skill helps them to materialize their ideas easily.

If you are talented in drawing, then the process will be much easier. Anyway, learning of the basic drawing skills is still required in order to improve your result. There are few skills in drawing to make sure you can produce the greatest result as you want it.

Basic drawing skills:

Drawing lines need to be trained properly to get a good result. - Photo by: bikersshop.info

Drawing of shapes

The first step in drawing is the ability to draw shapes. This practice actually will help you to control your hand to produce the same thing that you want to draw from your mind. By drawing the simple shapes such as circle, square, ellipse, triangle, and long straight line, you can tell the amount of pressure that you need to apply and how to move your hand correctly. This exercise will get easier after some period of times, until you find that it is not a problem at all.

After that you can go to the next step with 3D objects such as cube, sphere, cylinder, cone, triangular pyramid, square pyramid, triangular prism, and torus. Learn how to use the construction lines to make sure you get the shapes correct. Then you can go to the next step of shading by adding the direction of light source. This is the fun part of learning basic drawing.

Drawing basic shapes to help you get it everything in the right proportion. - Photo by: fun-stuff-to-do.com

This exercise can be upgraded by experimenting with different materials such as coarse surface, for example a brick instead of just regular cube. So you can see the different shades of light on the surface. How about when you put few shapes closer, how the light will look like on each surface.

Draw in perspective

This is another important basic skills in drawing. Perspective will give the depth in your drawing. It also will help you understand how to draw objects that are closer and the objects that are further. There are a few important steps in this exercise.

One point perspective

One point perspective. - Photo by: helloartsy.com

Two-point perspective

Two-point perspective. - Photo by: helloartsy.com

Three-point perspective

Three-point perspective. - Photo by: helloartsy.com


By mastering these basic skills you are ready to draw a panorama view. Is also helps if you’re drawing multiple object with consideration of space and depth, for example, large room with furniture, windows and door.

Drawing Human and Animals

Basic drawing of the head (for manga character). - Photo by: moziru.com

The next step you can start to learn how to draw human and animals. You can start this part earlier before you learn the perspective drawing. It’s depend on what is your goals are. If you want to draw a portrait as your main subject than you can skip the perspective drawing. But still, you need to learn the perspective in order to master all the basic techniques in drawing to improving your skills.

Drawing human and animals have their similarities. Here you need to use your skills in drawing the basic objects a lot. You are going to use many construction lines, drawing basic shapes such as round, circular lines, straight lines and many others. That’s why you need to keep on practicing in order to have proper control of your tools – and how to use the right pressure for different types of lines.

Composition

The right composition will make your drawing more appealing. - Photo by: watercolorpainting.com

Composition is an important element to make sure that your drawing will give an impact to your viewers. Good drawing skills alone will not be enough to get a good result without correct composition. It’s allow your viewer to catch the right message on your drawings.

Composition is not hard to understand, but you need to train yourself properly in order to get it right. Once you get used to it, usually it will be naturally get into your drawings. All of these elements usually will be explained in most of basic drawing classes.

Keep on practicing

Keep on practicing will help you to fasten the process of drawing. You will know when to remove some guidelines as you can imagine where it will be. Don’t do this at an early stage as it will make you unable to grasp the technique properly.

Keep on doing the same practice as shown on your exercises. Try different characters, shapes, scenes and try your own imagination. You might someday draw with your own styles, but let it happen naturally. Sometimes you will notice it when you are in a hurry – but don’t rush it.

Some links to learn drawing for free.



* Links and videos that provided in this article are just for guidance, you can find your own exercise if you think you like it.







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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Dive Into The World of Arts

Art produced by Google’s Deep Dream Artificial Intelligent - Google Deep Dream

There are huge definitions of art and whether we understand the meaning of art or not, we might contributed or came crossed it without even realize it. Before we go through some definition of arts one thing we can be sure, art is important in our lives.

These are few definitions of the arts from various sources;

Google Dictionary:
  • the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
  • the various branches of creative activity, such as painting, music, literature, and dance.
  • subjects of study primarily concerned with human creativity and social life, such as languages, literature, and history (as contrasted with scientific or technical subjects).
  • a skill at doing a specified thing, typically one acquired through practice.

Wikipedia:
  •  Art is a diverse range of human activities in creating visual, auditory or performing artefacts (artworks), expressing the author's imaginative or technical skill, intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power. In their most general form these activities include the production of works of art, the criticism of art, the study of the history of art, and the aesthetic dissemination of art.
Drawing of ancient woodworking from Egyptian painting. - Photo by: The Yorck Project

Well, we know that’s not enough to explain about the arts. So we can see few other references, perhaps from Huffingtonpost, or something deeper from Mentalfloss, and don’t forget to check on details discussion “What is Art? and/or What is Beauty?” from Philosophynow. So arts can be in many forms from the way we talk, to the way we walks (it’s everything) and we are all doing it with the different impacts to our surrounding.

Here's what we are going to share few forms of the arts that we knew well. Perhaps we can learn more about it in details. We also will share few people that good at it, and few sources that we can learn more about it. So, we can choose which form of arts that we like and go through it more deeply. These resources will be added from time to time (just follow the link provided).

Drawings:


The starry night by Vincent van Gogh vallued at more than hundrend millions - Photo by: wikimedia
Drawings are the most basic form of arts. Even though some other arts don't require drawings, many others rely on drawings as their basic such as pottery, woodworks, ironworks, glassworks, architectures, and many others. Whether there’s a physical drawing or not, those arts need to start with some drawings.

So let see drawings in general through their media;

Drawings; pencil drawing, charcoal, ink or monotones.

Coloured drawings/paintings:
  • Colour pencil
  • Crayon
  • Pastels
  • Chalk
  • Watercolours
  • Acrylics
  • Oil paintings
  • Airbrush.
  • Pen - ballpoint pen, technical pen, fountain pen, nib pen, marker
* Other forms of drawings such as graffiti, mural, comic or manga can be related back to the panting media above.

Crafts:

Craft is another broad form of arts that can be categories into few different classes. Here we will list few of it and will try to add more as much as we can. Usually craft also will be linked together with drawing skills.

Textiles:

Even though the process of producing the textiles itself is an art, but the arts that related to textiles are developed tremendously. The arts of textiles including producing products from the textiles and also the patterns using the same materials or additional materials as additional.
  •  Applique
  •  Beadwork
  •  Crochet
  •  Dyeing
  •  Embroidery
  •  Knitting
  •  Lace
  •  Patchwork
  •  Passementerie
  •  Quilting
  •  Rug & carpet making
  •  Textile printing

Pottery:

For pottery it is easier to classify the arty types using the materials that use (as the arts mostly known by their materials).
  • Earthenware
  • Terracotta
  • Stoneware
  • Porcelain
  • Fritware
  • Egyptian faience
  • Ironstone
  • Jasperware

Wood working:


Chinese wood carving at Green Lake Hotel, Kunming. Photo by: thisiscolossal.com

It’s hard to classify the woodworks as I am not so sure all of them. So if there’s any opinion to add on this topic, please don’t hesitate to add it in the comment or send me an email. Here I will list some of them base on how the woodworks process;


  •           Wood carving
  •       Parquetry
  •       Japanese carpentry
  •       Spindle turning
  •       Pyrography
  •       Clogs
  •       Lacquerware
  •       Craft with plant materials - coconut shell, bamboo, rattan, and etc.
Glass:


Glassart in Formosa Boulevard Station, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan – Photo by: wikipedia
Same goes for the glass, the process has also become the classification of the glassworks. One process might have different distinctive results. Usually craftsman will only mastering one type of glasswork - because it requires different type of tools.
-        
  •       Glassblowing
  •          Stained glass
  •          Glass sculptures
  •          Etched glass
  •          Cold glass
  •           Enamelled glass
  •           Glass mosaic
Metal:

There are different types of classification of metalwork, it’s either by the types of metal that their use or the product that they produce. Sometimes we also known them with the process. But here let us list some of it to see the different;
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  •       Goldsmith
  •          Silversmith
  •          Sculptures
  •          Masks
  •          Metal plates
  •          Ornaments
  •          Furniture
  •          Jewelleries
  •          Musical instruments
* Goldsmith and silversmith can also producing jewelleries, but they are specified to each metal if they only work with one metal only.

Creative Arts:

Writings:


Popular novels - kosmosaicbooks.com 

Writing is also another important types of art. From the basic form of writing it’s allow us to record some important information in the history. Today we have different types of writing for different purposes even for different languages.

  •          Journals
  •          Diaries
  •          Essays
  •         Storytelling
  •          Poetry
  •          Memoir
  •          Scripts
  •          Blogging
  •          Free writing

Performances:


Photo of book cover: Michael Jackson: The King of Pop by Chris Roberts

Acting, singing, theatre performances, magician, stand-up comedy, dancing and live performances (acrobatics, mix of performances).

Cooking:


Japanese foods presented with beautiful decoration. - Photo by: savvytokyo.com

Cooking is another huge topic to talk about, but still so important in our history. Every dishes need to prepare accordingly or it cannot be eaten. We might add extra decoration – that will be different part of art. We will try to list some of it, but then we only get clearer picture when we go through it one by one.

By process;
  •          Roasting
  •          Grilling
  •          Blanching or boiling
  •          Sous-vide
  •         Steaming
  •         Baking
  •         Stir-frying
  •         Fermenting
  •         Salads

* There are many other types of cooking arts that we need to discuss it in more specific articles, especially when we talk about specific dishes such as specific dishes related to some part of culture, e.g.: sushi, kimchee, tom yam, rendang and etc.

As you can see, there are too many form of arts and I cannot list of all it here. So I will come back to add more of it in this list. From here we can see more articles to help us to develop the skills or to learn more from those who are good at it, or maybe we just want to get more information about it. Hope this will help for us to enrich our knowledge.





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