Herons, graphite on Strathmore Skills Series drawing paper
Today's bonus material consists of a two-part Hi-Def video offering a second step-by-step demonstration of the materials and techniques of Lesson 1 (Line and Shape). This is intended as a purely visual experience and is accompanied only by a music soundtrack. If you are new to the material covered, I highly recommend that you watch the lesson video first and then watch the bonus videos as supplemental demonstrations.
Heron - Line & Shape, Part 1
I encourage you to pause the videos and rerun any passages of particular interest. Re-watch the videos as many times as you need to fully absorb the information covered. And feel free to ask any questions you may have concerning the lesson material or best studio practices (regardless of whether your "studio" is indoors or out) on the Strathmore Forum or the Comments section below.
Heron - Line & Shape, Part 2
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Earnest ,these are great! I knew they would be wonderful and you a super teacher!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for your time and expertise.
Thanks Cindy. I hope that you're enjoying the class.Delete
Thanks so much for the lesson and the bonus video! I started a month ago with drawing (at the age of 67... never too old to learn something new), so your Strathmore workshop is perfect for me.ReplyDelete
You changed your pencils several times in the bonus videos... were these pencils all HB?Delete
Thanks Willy. Glad you're enjoying the workshop. (And I think you're going to enjoy what's coming up.) With regards to the pencils I used, they were a mix of HDs (the hex-shaped ones) and Ebony (the round ones) and I change them frequently to keep a sharp point.Delete
Earnest,enjoying the class the bonus videos. Could you give some advice on which pencils you start with (the "gesture") -- hard or soft -- and what number would you typically start with -- and which you switch to for going over the lines and drawing in details -- again # and hardness and softness.ReplyDelete
Hi Nancy, I'm glad you're enjoying the workshop thus far. For more on pencils I can point you to my response to Willy's question (just above yours.) ;-)Delete
That was very relaxing to watch and you've convinced me to go outside before work tomorrow to sketch. We're supposed to have lovely weather here in Ohio. I see you sharpen your pencils with a knife. I need to learn to do that.ReplyDelete
Will you be teaching as part of Danny Gregory's Sketchbook Skool? I just signed up for it.
Thanks Darlene. I generally hand-sharpen pencils: because I can get them sharper than a mechanical sharpener; and hand-sharpening can be very zen-like (allowing me time to shed the stressful chaos that is a frequent part of our daily life, and to more readily focus on my subject when I finally sit down to draw. Watch for a short blog post on the zen of pencil sharpening a little later in the workshop.Delete
I really enjoyed working with Danny on "An Illustrated Journey" and would quite enjoy working with him again at some point in the future. But I have several projects already in the works that demand all of my attention for the immediate future. (Watch for postings on my blog as details become available.)
I think Danny is planning on keeping this Sketchbook Skool bit going every six weeks. Was hoping you'd be there, but I will stay posted to watch for your other projects. I've noticed you've taken a lot on (new adventures in teaching, etc.) and I I'm not surprised...I'm happy your creative work is expanding...you have such talent.Delete
OOH, I love zen practice and I can see where the prep of supplies such as sharpening the pencil by hand sets the stage for calm entry to the drawing pad. Good point. I'm going to try it...besides I've heard the pencils last longer.
I am enjoying the class and thankful for this bonus video....my favorite bird!ReplyDelete
Aha! I was happy to see that this was a statue of herons, as I was wondering how you managed to keep checking the measurements on birds that would have flown away as soon as you sat down. LOL! Super drawing, and I also thank you for the bonus video. They are one of my favorite birds also.ReplyDelete
OK, that was completely amazing! Loved watching you draw and can't believe that an eraser never needed to be used or ever appeared in your hand. I am really enjoying your teaching style, the class, and all the bonuses. Thank you.ReplyDelete