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12 Biggest Drawing Mistakes – Video, Part 3

Twelve Biggest Drawing Mistakes Every Fine Artist Must Avoid



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12 Biggest Drawing Mistakes Every Fine Artist Must Avoid

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Erroneous drawing approach #6:

Drawing objects without a knowledge of perspective.

Every fine artist must be familiar with the perspective in the drawing. The word “perspective” derives from Latin perspicere that means ‘to see through’. This translation coincides with the drawing approach #4 described above – fine artists should draw what they know as if they see through all objects rather than what is visible in reality.

There is one fact you, as a fine artist should be aware about – it is impossible to draw a picture of 3-dimensional world on a two-dimensional surface like paper, board, or canvas without distortion of depicted objects. However it is possible to minimize those distortions by choosing the most suitable kind of perspective and therefore the knowledge of perspective is the ‘must-have’ for every fine artist.

During the course of the history of art the rules and appreciation of perspective drawing were changing.

Starting from Egyptian frescoes and drawings on papyrus ancient artists used a “vertical perspective.” Perspective in Egyptian art is very different to the contemporary kind. The rules of perspective in ancient Egypt evolved to a certain degree of excellence that served many generations of Egyptian pharaohs. It would be wrong to say that Egyptian perspective was incorrect, as no perspective can depict flawlessly the real world on a flat surface, including the one we are using today.

Russian iconography artists developed an understanding of perspective to another level. From 10th to15th centuries they created a style that is a reverse perspective. In Russian Orthodox perspective a viewer can see, for example, four planes of a cube instead of three. Scientists say that this kind of perspective makes total sense as human brain processes visual information exactly in this way.

Since then in the 14th..17th centuries, Renaissance artists in Italy and Northern Europe took a scientific approach to study perspective. With the development of a camera obscura, fine artists could do optical studies of perspective and established rules that are in place until present days.

Optical perspective is very apparent in photography. Because so many contemporary artists use photographs in one way or another in the process of creating their artworks, optical perspective is something you shall be aware of.

In the Drawing Art Academy Course you will see comprehensive video lessons on the subject of perspective. You will discover fundamental rules of one-, two-, three- and four-point perspective and learn how to apply those rules in practice. Your drawings, enriched with appropriate perspective will look more realistic and pleasing to a viewer.


Erroneous drawing approach #7:

Drawing without the knowledge and appreciation of golden ratio.

Golden Ratio or Golden Proportion is present in every aspect of life. Whether you draw a human figure, composing a still-life or making an ornamental composition, you will benefit from the knowledge and application of Golden proportions.

For last two and a half millenniums the subject of Golden Ratio fascinated people. The Golden Ratio can be found in nature , it is also applied to fine art, architecture, financial markets, optimization, industrial design, painting – the list is endless. Everything around us in organic world as well as everything created by man comes with proportions, and those proportions correlating with the divine ratio making objects look beautiful.

Mathematicians, engineers, fine artists, architects, and sculptors – all agree that object proportioned in accordance to the Divine Ratio looks pleasing to a human eye.

You, as a fine artist must be aware of the Golden Proportions and know how to use them in your art.

In The Drawing Art Academy you will discover what the divine proportion is and how to apply it to your drawings. In several in-depth videos you will see:
– how to calculate divine proportions;
– how to find golden proportions in the greatest works of art by well-known artists;
– how to make your very own golden gauge and;
– how to use this tool in composing your artworks.


Erroneous drawing approach #8:

It does not matter how to hold a pencil.

During my career of a drawing and painting teacher, I have met quite a number of artists and art students who missed the fundamental skill of holding a pencil in the right way. Many of those artists had already graduated from the art colleges and schools.

To my question “were they being taught how to hold a pencil?” they were surprised and responded, “Is there such thing as the right way?”

Yes, there is, and the earlier you, as a fine artist, master this basic necessary skill, the better your drawing progress will be.

You see, the correct way of holding a tool inevitably influences the performance.

If you know anything about the golf, you would agree that correct grip and swing is the ‘must have’ by any professional golfer. There is no point of spending hundreds of hours practicing hitting a golf ball unless you hold a golf club in the right way.

The same goes for holding a pencil. There are several grips you may employ, depending on the position of easel and scale of the artwork.

In the Drawing Art Academy you will see an especially dedicated video showing how to hold a pencil. With this so necessary skill you will benefit from the freedom and precision of the pencil movement. You will see on my own example in every video with drawing process the right way to hold a pencil.


Erroneous drawing approach #9:

Rendering shades without lifting the pencil.

With so many “how to draw” videos available on Internet I am very much surprised of how few of those artists have strong professional shading techniques.

Rendering shades without lifting a pencil is acceptable for a four-year child who never took a proper drawing class. Scribbling is also good enough for a fast disposable sketch.

However, if you want to excel in drawing, learning shading and hatching techniques is essential.

In the Drawing Art Academy, I will show you the multitude of ways how to render shades and how to use various hatching methods. You will benefit from my own examples in every video with a drawing process.

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This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Callum M. says:

    If I could study just one lesson it would be the lesson on perspective. The quality of lessons you offer are exceptional. I believe with greater knowledge of perspective it would be much easier for me to create drawings with a greater depth and realism.

  2. Cristian S. says:

    If I could choose one video lessons from the Drawing Academy course it would be “Proportions of the human body”. It is one of the basics for a beginner and also one of the most important lessons. I think it would be a great learning experience.

  3. Cristian Somcutan says:

    I want to learn to draw from imagination. I want to be able to draw the human and animal bodies and be able to imagine/create all sorts of different creatures in amazing situations (like the Greek mythology)

  4. Kathy says:

    I want to learn how to make your version of the golden gauge in order to practice and use it more consciously in my own artwork.

  5. Bento says:

    I certainly would like every lesson but in particular those of the human body anatomy.

    But in general, I would like to develop all the drawing skills.

    Thanks,

    Bento

  6. Khalida says:

    Hi. My name is Khalida. First thank you for very professional classes, I think it’s help for many people. For me it will be very interesting and helpful to get a lesson about light and shadow.Thanks. I wish you all the best!!!

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