May 31, 2006
Hi, and welcome to Learning2draw.com's newsletter. This issue includes:
1) Our Q&A Answer Session, where you will learn exciting secrets
of the artworld exposed through answers to your questions.
2) Video Game Artist Description for 3D Model builders
3) Send us Your Success STories- Congrats to Kelly Walters
4) Life Sketch of Adolphe William Bouguereau- 2 years of Part
time study and he wins a Prestigious Award
5) Tip of the Month- Figure Drawing Idea and Challenge
6) This month's quotes by:
Eugène Delacroix and Georgia O'Keeffe, inspiration pieces to help.
You will not want to miss this!
7) Learning2draw.com Announcements, upcoming changes to site!
Natalie Portman, super bonus, additional articles and more!
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1) Question and Answer Session with Todd
QUESTION: from Jannika
Hi, I am a new artist who loves all kinds of art. I have
just started studying the figure. I have a beginnning
question. How much time a day should I spend on drawing
if I really want to make a go of this? Also, on formulas
for the body is there a standard?
ANSWER: from Todd
Hi, thanks for your question. This question is a little bit
hard to answer in that everyone's lives are so different
with what occupations, family life, etc that they lead.
My recommendations are always draw as much as you can. I
take a sketch book with me wherever we go. Just ask my wife!
To answer your question more specifically, the more you draw,
the faster you'll progress. Some people draw 15 minutes a
day and some people draw 16 hours a day.
I heard that if you want to get good at drawing, draw 6 hours
a day. If you want to be a professional, draw 8, and if you
want to master drawing, draw 10. Now of course, this is not
applicable to everyone but the message is clear. If you are
passionate about art and want to succeed, devote as much time
as possible to it.
Now to the part in your question about formulas being standard
in human proportions. Yes, there are some guidelines, but
people vary amongst those standards. We've written a short
article at www.learning2draw.com/how.htm that talks about
simple ways to get proportions and measuring right when
drawing the human form. Check it out and let me know if you
have any further questions. And remember...
(Okay so I leave this in every Q&A, but it's so worth it.)
Let me finish by saying the old addage, Practice, Practice,
Practice. Oh yeah, did I say Practice? That sounds really
cliche' but there isn't anything that is going to give you a
better understanding to your art than practicing.
Thanks for your question, please let me know if you need any
other questions answered.
Please, if you have a question you would like answered by Todd,
email him at email@example.com.
2) Video Game Artist- How do I get Started?
It's often asked of me, how do I get my foot in the door with
a video game company. So, I thought it would be fun to explore
a section on Video Game art. If you have a question that you
would like answered in this section, please email us at
3D Model Builder (Objects)
Like an industrial designer, the 3D object modeler designs
physical objects, like vehicles, furniture, weapons, and the like.
To be a 3D model builder you should be very organized and be able
to build models quicker and quicker over time as you generate a
good library of basic pieces. You also need to know "when to say
when" - the amount of detail appropriate for a feature film and
visible in the software is not necessarily going to be visible in
the game. So you have to develop a sense of what's possible, and
stop yourself before you waste time on unnoticeable details. Modeling
nowadays, is a lot different with all of the technology advances.
If you have the knack and the training, model building is a rewarding,
focused job with a major impact on the game.
Show some passion and you will quickly move up the ranks.
3) Send Us Your Success Stories!
Congratulations to Kelly Walters, who received our starter kit
full of strathmore paper, pencils, charcoal and kneaded erasers.
We would love to hear from you on how our site and ebook have
helped your art! So much so, that we will enter your name in a
quarterly drawing for an art supply starter kit. Just email us
your story to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line
Success in Art Stories, and we will enter your name for a chance
to win pencils, paper, kneaded erasers, and more. Please email
your story by Aug 5th for our second drawing.
4) Life Sketch of Adolphe William Bouguereau- by Bianca Taveras
The career of Adolphe William Bouguereau, unlike that of his
contemporaries, the then avant-garde Impressionists, was one of
ever-increasing success without major setback. He was born on the
west coast of France into a family of wine merchants and was given
a classical education by his uncle Eugene, a curate, who tutored
him in bible study, Latin and Greek, with particularly classical
mythology. He also arranged for him to take drawing lessons and
after only 2 years of part-time study, he won first prize in the
figure-painting class at the Bordeaux Ecole des Beaux-Arts.
With the help of money earned from painting portraits of his
uncle's parishioners and financial assistance from an aunt, at the
age of 21 Bouguereau went to Paris to train in the studio of
Francois-Edouard Picot and, after only two months, at the
Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Chosen as a contestant for the Prix de
Rome in the years of 1848 and 1849, he was finally awarded the
prize in 1850. As was the tradition, the winner was sent to Rome
for 4 years to study at the Villa Medici, the seat of the French
Academy in Italy, where the techniques of the classical and
Renaissance masters were taught. While there he also had the
opportunity to travel extensively throughout the country locating
and copying many Renaissance masterpieces and visiting towns and lakes
inspirational to landscape artists. The influences from this period
are readily seen in all his future work.
****Note on Sketch by Todd
I just wanted to mention that art is about devotion and passion and
that Bouguereau is a prime example of this. To rise so quickly
in the study of the human form takes hard work, dedication, and
great teachers but can be done! Don't give up!
You can always check out our page
at www.learning2draw.com for more info on how to draw faces and
the human form.
Also, on www.learning2draw.com/how.htm we have an article that
simplifies proportions and measuring. Check it out and let us
know what you think!
5) Tip of the Month
Meet a Drawing Challenge -- Figure Drawing Idea
Learn how easy it is to foreshorten.
By Butch Krieger
Believe it or not, foreshortened poses are much easier to render
than non-foreshortened poses. First, the body forms are much more
compact and, second, the various contours are closer together so
it's easier to relate them to each other. The secret to success,
of course, is to draw what you see, but perhaps more important,
not to draw what you don't see. Trust your own eyes. For example,
you may know perfectly well that there's a full length of leg bone
between your model's hip and knee, but if these elements appear
to be side by side, it's imperative that you draw them side by side.
Once you've overcome your fear of foreshortened subjects, you'll
find that these poses actually make for more interesting drawings.
6) Inspirational Quotes
Inspirational Quotes by Henri Matisse and DaVinci
"The source of genius is imagination alone, the refinement of the
senses that sees what others do not see, or sees them differently."
~ Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) - French artist
"One day seven years ago I found myself saying to myself -- I can't
live where I want to -- I can't go where I want to go--I can't do
what I want to -- I can't even say what I want to --....I decided
I was a very stupid fool not to at least paint as I wanted to."
~ Georgia O'Keeffe, 1923
* I chose these two quotes because they go along well
with the theme follow your passion. Work hard and you'll have
no regrets! Creativity and passion go hand in hand.
It give us great advice on becoming better artists
and advice on better understanding!
7) Upcoming changes to site!
New changes coming up include, more articles added to our how-to
section. We will be adding new images to the site as well. We've
added a huge bonus to our site as well. Check it out!
Thank you everyone for your comments on our e-book and for your
support of our site. We've extended our promotion based on your
Peace and Have a Great Weekend!
Todd Harris Learning2draw.com
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