Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Planes of the head. Part 2

John Asaro instructs to rotate the ball and draw it at all angles until you can draw it correctly from memory. You do not realize the difference it makes when you actually start drawing from memory. I've got so many questions popped up in my mind when attempted to draw it without looking at the ball. It made me think and analyze how lines change and move. I am learning tons!






P.S. September 20, 2010. I have discovered a way of drawing a ball at all possible angles without having to memorize it. You just construct it using Andrew Loomis's method. See this post

Monday, September 28, 2009

Planes of the head. Part 1

I started my studies with this book by Asaro:


In the book Asaro instructs students to take a ball about 3 inches in diameter, draw lines, glue ears and a nose. The ball is then used to practice drawing it at different angles (see picture below).



This is the ball I made. The mouth line was first drawn too high. I had to redraw it.


Thursday, September 24, 2009

John Asaro


This is my first post about artists that inspire me most and I want to dedicate it to John Asaro. When I came across his recent paintings of female figures I instantly fell in love with them. After 50 year depression John Asaro decided to paint what he always wanted to: female figure. His work is stunning and I believe this happens when you follow your heart.

The artist's website

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Back to basics

I've decided to put on hold oil painting for some time and go back to basics from academic point of view. I never attended any art school and whenever I paint or draw I always feel "shaky ground" under my feet because of that. May be lack of formal training is not an issue with any other artist, but it's definitely a problem for me. So it is time to go back and build a solid foundation in a traditional way - learn how to draw first and then paint.

There tons of books on drawing available today. Thanks to the Internet you can learn from other people what worked best for them and why.
This is my list of selected books to start with:

- John Asaro: Planes of the Head
- Andrew Loomis: Drawing the Head and Hands
- Andrew Loomis: Figure Drawing for All It's Worth

Note: you can download these books in PDF files for free or any donated amount here