Loadsa arty stuff, the June McEwan way: Painting instructions for beginners
Outline instructions for starting drawing and painting
June McEwan 8 Mitchell St Crieff PH7 3AG
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SOME ADVICE FOR BEGINNERS IN PAINTING
Practise drawing /sketching every day. Draw whatever you like – pots and pans, garden tools, trees, flowers, houses, fruit and vegetables, pets, dolls – your skills will improve in all aspects of drawing and get yourself a sketchbook.
Use simple tools for drawing – a soft pencil, 4B is ideal. Don't look for detail, represent big masses first – the hills and fields, then trees and houses, paths and so on.
Initially, buy cheaper quality materials so that you develop a loose attitude to equipment which will lead to less worry about the finish of a sketch and freer expression.
To contradict myself, I would however, buy decent brushes. 3 good brushes are better than 10 poor ones. Buy a large flat, a medium round and a thin rigger type to cover all angles!
Along with small quick sketches in your sketchbook, try to practise on large sheets too. Perhaps wrapping paper or cardboard. Lining paper can be ideal because you can work your way along it, cutting the roll after the drawing is done, rather than fitting a sketch into a space.
Try out lots of different mediums, acrylic, watercolour, charcoal, pen & ink.... This is the day of the Multi–Media artist.
As an artist, you have to learn about 4 things;
* Form and shape
*Tones and tonal values
*Light and shadow
You learn all these through pencil drawing, so try that first.
You can break down any complex shape into simple shapes – cube, cone, cylinder – Look for bulk forms, don't worry about small objects or shapes in your early efforts.
The most important part of training is to see tonal values. You should squint your eyes to see the dark areas first and draw them. Tones go from pitch dark, to dark, to light dark, slghtly dark to light. Try to see the areas that have these values and record them first through shading. Dark values first.
Note the direction(s) of the light, note the source(s), look for the shadows, they have shapes, then look closer, note their tonal value, it may not be a simple pitch dark it may go from very dark to just dark.
Perspective is the technique to depict 3 dimensional form on 2 dimensional surfaces. Practise drawing street scenes and you'll learn a lot!
Visit Art Galleries and Museums. Discover your favourite artist and you'll begin to develop your own style.
A classic method of learning is to copy pictures. Select pictures and artists that appeal to you. Simplify their picture, look for the major objects in their pictures.
There are plenty art books. Work your way through a simple 'how to' one. You may want to and enjoy studying theories, but keep the theory in the back of your mind when drawing. Don't spoil a heartfelt response to a subject. You are working your way towards your own original style. Practise and feel your way there. Good luck!
The outdoor sketching group at St Fillan's
Beautiful area to paint in