We’re all facing the challenges of isolation and boredom at the moment – so this is a good time to try something new. If you’ve always wanted to learn to draw, now is your chance. For the next few weeks I will be writing short articles in the Costa Blanca People to get you started on the basics, and have also created a new Facebook page, which you are welcome to join. The page is Costa Blanca Art Community where you can upload your drawings and paintings for comment by me – and your fellow artists. I will also give projects and suggest videos, as well as advice on your work. And for now, it’s completely free.
So what do you need to get started? Very little really. If you are a complete beginner you can start with some printer paper and pencils – and a rubber! It’s not a good idea to launch into painting until you have mastered the rudiments of drawing, because you will inevitably be disappointed by the results. The main thing you have to learn – is to look. We never observe anything minutely unless we plan to draw it, but then you have decide on where the light is coming from, where are the shadows, what shapes (negative spaces) are left between objects. Get the negative spaces right and everything else falls into place. So – set up a few objects from you kitchen in a good light – for instance a wine bottle, glass, some fruit or vegetables and have ago at drawing them. Look at the shapes they make, how big are they in relation to each other. Look at this picture closely and try to see how objects are in proportion to each other. For example, the neck of the bottle is about 1/3 of it’s height and 1/3 the width of the bottle. The top of the glass and the two peaches make a triangle. Check, where does the top of the glass line up with the bottle and are the peaches bigger or small than the bowl of the glass? The look at the shadow that tell you which way the light is coming from. There’s no substitute for actually drawing – so have a go and send me your efforts on the Facebook page.
More info about me and my work on www.sue-stokes.co.uk