It leaves you motivated and excited for the future. Almost as if the book is in fact just Bert getting your wings ready, so he can send you off in the final chapter, watching as you fly off into the sky, off on your adventure of self discovery. It was really fun seeing how the mind works, plus, it gets the information in your head of how important it is to draw what is in front of you. There was one point during this book that really sticks in my mind. If you knew me in real life, that is something I would never say, but this book honestly makes you feel like anything is possible. Keys to Drawing by Bert Dodson covers so much, yet in such a effortless and effective way.
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He taught illustration and drawing for several years at the New York Fashion Institute of Technology, and today we celebrate his work by giving you a glimpse from his classic book, Keys to Drawing. One of the first points that Dodson makes is his Rule 1: draw the large shapes first, then the smaller shapes. All we have to do is start. But where? Start with the largest shape you see. Forget everything else and draw that shape. It may be the outer silhouette of a person or subject, or it may be a shape that includes more than one object.
Rather than first drawing each flower and then the vase separately, you might first draw the entire silhouette as a single shape. This is a way of quickly getting the measure of the subject. Now you have something you can build on, restate, compare with surrounding shapes, subdivide into smaller shapes, etc. Choosing which are the large shapes in your subject is up to you. Then draw first those shapes you see with squinted eyes. You make some marks on paper. Those marks help guide you to make other marks.
A large shape starts that process. Using these self-critiquing questions is a great way to keep things real as you practice drawing exercises. This would also make a great gift for a budding artist! Happy drawing, Cherie P. Holiday Sweepstakes update! Enter today , and every day through December 17! Good luck!
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