Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Importance of Drawing - New Video Short

I've created a new video short, called The Importance of Drawing.  Even if you don't see any straight lines in the landscape, angle and proportion are important - and that's what drawing is all about.  In this short video, I tell why.



Also, my new Artists' Network University online plein air workshop starts this Tuesday, February 19.  For details and to register, please visit the link.

And don't forget my ongoing online self-study workshop at Udemy!  It's only $15 for the Plein Air Essentials - the Basics course. 

6 comments:

violetta said...

Still the best advice around, Michael. Love your thumbnail sketches, too.

Helen Opie said...

Nice message! The other subject that sharpens our drawing skills is boats: they have compound curves like people; they vary in proportions, like everything else, and they vary in their features such as cabin shapes, hull shapes (like body shapes), and bow shapes (dictated by the seas they are built for). Their movement level is between trees and people and they maintain their shape in motion, unlike the other two. I suppose cars would also be good, for the same reasons.

Michael Chesley Johnson said...

Thanks, Violetta and Helen!

Judy P. said...

A concise and helpful reminder- thank you!

James Gunter said...

I'll sometimes tell aspiring painters that developing their drawing skills will improve their painting, but some of them don't seem to want to hear that.

Michael Chesley Johnson said...

So true! They think that painting has nothing to do with that unpleasant, colorless task of drawing.

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