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Sketchbook Assignment

Week 11

                  Don't forget The Rules! For more information on what will be accepted in your sketchbook, click here.
         Drawing 1, A Texture or Object          For 10 minutes, draw a pond or lake shore, with special attention to the reflections in the water.. Today you're working on reflections. The shinier a thing is, the more perfectly it reflects. The most perfect reflection is a mirror. Some hints...
  • As the surfaces becomes rougher, like with waves or a matte texture, the refelections become more indistinct and distorted. The rougher the water, the longer the mirror image is, until the water is so rough you don't see much at all.
  • The further down the picture plane, and closer the water is to the viewer, the further apart the ripples and the longer the distortion.
  • Reflections and shadows are not the same! A reflection is a mirror image, upside down. A shadow is a mirror image that points away from the light. This is hard to put into words, but easy to see.
  • Water wants to be perfectly level, so don't put in too many circular ripples. Keep about 90% of your ripples level and flat.
  • A ripple has a dark line and a light line, compared to the overall tone of the water. The light line is on top.


    A Pond. Study the direction of the reflected trees. See how both the tree and the reflection lean in the same direction? Amatuer artists often make the mistake of making them lean in opposite directions, like the reflection is a shadow.


    A Lake. Study the ripples. See how the ripples lengthen the reflection? Look at the tones of the ripples themselves. The top of the ripple is dark (the colour of the trees) and the bottom is light (reflecting the sky.

    How Different Cartoonist Draw Water

    Or you Drawing Calm Waves

    Tutorials on variety of textures, including a glass of water.

             Drawing 2, A Living Thing         

    For 10 minutes, block out 4 hands, paying attention to the proportions. "Blocking-out" is a quick sketch where the object is broken down into its most basic shapes. Onward to hands! My students hate drawing hands, and because they hate hands they draw them much too small. Actually, we all draw what we are insecure about too small, whether it's noses, hands or cars. So, let's get confident with hands and learn to draw them, step-by-step. Like feet, they're not as hard as you think, once you get the rules memorized. Some hints...

  • Overall, the hand is the same size as your character's face. Try it out on your body. Hold the base of your hand at your chin and see how far the fingers go up your face. The tips of your fingers will hit right about the eyebrows.
  • Think of hands as built from two squares, one on top of the other. The top square are the fingers and the bottom square is the palm. Beginning artists make the palm too small and the fingers too long.
  • The thumb is ALWAY placed incorrectly by new artists. It starts at the bottom of the palm box and the top of the thumb just reaches past the palm box. People draw it too long because they see their hands curled most of the time and the thumb appears to be as long as the fingers. Hold your hand flat and you'll see what I mean.
  • The first joint of the thumb is a triangle that has it's base between of the bottom of the palm box and the middle of the box. The webbing of the thumb (where the thumb joins the hand) is NOT at the knuckles.
  • If you memorize these locations and proportions, you're more than halfway there when it comes to drawing hands.


    Hand Proportions Tutorial

             Drawing 3, Free Draw          For 10 minutes, draw a character of your choice.         

    Drawing Helps You Remember!

    Did you know that drawing helps your memory? If you want to remember a fact, draw it. It doesn't matter if the drawing is any good; what matters is the time and effort you put in the drawing, which embeds the fact into your deep memory. So if you're having trouble remembering something, like, say, The Pythagorean Theorem, draw Pythagorus working with his triangles and draw the triangles and label them. It works.

             Alice Taylor © 2016