Friday, March 30, 2012

Combining the use of the Plumbline and Contour Drawing

Now your art lesson for this week is…drum roll...drum roll…
Do you know about citing a figure using a plumb line or a straight edge?
If you hold a straight pen in front of you between you and what you are drawing, you can site an object comparing its edge and shape and angle to the straight edge.
You hold the straight edge vertically
  •    You need to look for the center line.
  •    You need to look for the objects edges relation to the straights edge
 You hold a straight edge horizontally
  •     Look for the lines relation to the center line…it angle it proportion space
  •      Compare the horizontal edges to the horizontal straight edge
Hold the straight edge diagonally
  •     Look for the angle relation
  •     Look for the edge relation
With these positions, look for points on the straight edge and plot and mark distances between points.
Citing and plotting is more of an L-mode practice with only some R-mode elements.  Once the lines are plotted and points are placed in proper proportional relations, blind contour is used to connect the points.  After goodly time of practice with blind contour the line between the plotted points flows smoothly from what you see to the drawing instrument on the paper.  In blind contour you train more than your hand; you train your arm and shoulder and your mind and eye to work together.
Most people who begin drawing will attempt proportional measuring in some form, but few practice blind contour consistently.  Consequently their drawing line lacks fluidity and naturalness.
I hope I have created some drawing paper for you.  Next lesson I think I will talk to you about notan structure.  Wow isn’t that thrilling!