Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Drawing Tip #3: Draw What You See
My Dad always told me, "draw what you see." Such a simple rule, but so complex in practice. I know, for example, what a hand looks like. However, I may not know what a foreshortened hand in a particular position looks like. Our brains try to insert what we think should be there. Don't let it. Don't think of it as a hand; instead of drawing a hand, draw the shapes that make up the hand. Value drawing is a good way of doing this. You draw contours of varying shades instead of objects. Look at the shapes the shadows make. And draw what you see.