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Here's a glimpse of the first lesson. The complete instructions and details are here.
"On the first surface, draw one of the following: a circle, a square or a triangle. Take that in for just a second. Next, introduce a second shape. Very quickly, take in how the pairing of those two shapes feels together and immediately place the third shape into the space. You’ll now have a drawing in which one circle, one square and one triangle are present. And your drawing is finished."
Everything that's alive throbs with rhythm. Our hearts beat. We breathe in and out. In this exercise you'll discover the rhythm that's inside of you. We'll build on what you learned about repetition in the last session and explore a specific kind of rhythmic repetition, one that is patterned or sequenced.
In this lesson we'll explore how a series of underlying shapes can give a drawing the foundational structure it needs to hold together in a richly satisfying manner. The most common form of an underlying shape structure is the grid. You all know what a grid is: a division of the drawing space into an orderly series of compartments. Using a grid a your framework will free you to try other shapes and sizes.
Think about where you place the various elements of your artwork on your drawing surface. Those near the top become more prominent and feel more energetic. Something near the top of your canvas is more likely to feel as if it may spin into motion or fall. Elements placed at or near the bottom of a drawing feel grounded and supported, less likely to go into motion, and therefore less dynamic. We'll prove these principles with a drawing exercise.
In this exercise, we're going to try something different. When you think about drawing or painting, you probably envision creating an image on rectangular pad or a square board. With all the possible surfaces that we can choose from to draw on, why do we automatically think of rectangular spaces instead of venturing outside the box?
In this lesson we discovered how where you place things in a drawing space greatly influence the expressive quality of that drawing: When you place major forces up high, you create a sense of dynamism. And when you place those forces down low you create a sense of stability, support and comfort.
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