My latest art work is a realistic pencil drawing of a glass of water. Drawing a glass is not that difficult. The artist needs to pay attention to different values and how each section is placed in relationship to each other.
An optical illusion can mostly be seen in the mid section of the glass. Light bends the image so that we see parts of the bottom of the glass. The water line also gives away the presence of water inside the glass. I plan to create a free tutorial that will teach you how to draw the glass.
I have been working on this drawing for a couple of weeks now and getting to a place where I am eager to see the final result. It is always nice to reach a point where the drawing process excites the artist. You will also find that there comes a ‘doubting’ phase where you are unsure about the progress and not sure if you nailed the likeness of the person. Always push through this stage and do not give up. Continue to add all the elements to your drawing. Then you can objectively criticize your work.
At this point I will flip the drawing and reference photo up side down to make sure I am on track. You will be amazed how effective this technique is since your brain sees the drawing from a complete different perspective. It is very easy to see mistakes.
The pencil drawing is part of an ebook I am currently writing that teaches how to drawing realistic portraits from a photograph. The book will be available on the iBooks store and Amazon. Stay tuned!
I have worked on this storm landscape painting for some time and finally finished it today. The painting was done with soft pastels, mainly Unison and Rembrandt, on Ampersand board. Ampersand is a hard board with grainy surface and a great surface to work on. The painting is 16 x 20 inches.
One easy way to draw from a photograph and get the proportions correct, is to use a grid. This is a technique used for many centuries by the old masters, like Leonardo Da Vinci.
In the tutorial section you will find a tutorial that will show you how to use a grid to make an accurate drawing from a photography.
Aerial perspective is needed in landscape paintings to show a sense of depth and realism. One way to assure correct perspective is to determine a vanishing point on the horizon and to accurately draw the objects in relation to the vanishing point. You can read more about it, here: Landscape Perspective
Aerial perspective is also achieved by using warm and cool colors. Take a look at the painting below: The basic shapes and color temperature creates an illusion showing depth. Cooler colors recede and warmer colors advance towards the viewer.
Move your mouse over the image to see the landscape painting.