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Tool and Supplies: Drawing People

Drawing Skull

First and foremost in drawing you do NOT have to spend a fortune on supplies. The goal here is that you are learning to see and duplicate what you see on paper. If you have archival paper and professional supplies that is great, but if not you can also have plain white copy paper, a 2B pencil, and an eraser.

With these simple tools, you can spend a lifetime learning to represent the human body, and still not know all there is to know. The information provided in this series of lessons is just a tip of the iceberg of what is possible. In the future, we will delve deeper into specific areas.

Basic Drawing Supplies

The Basic Drawing Supplies:

You need paper, a 2B pencil, a paper towel or tissue, and an eraser. My current preferred tools are a mechanical pencil 0.5, a blending stump, and a kneaded eraser.

Making Marks:

If you wish to experiment, set yourself with a variety of tools, below is a sampling of the type of marks each will make. The light area on each is where I used the kneaded eraser to see how easily it removed the mark.

Drawing Marks

Pencil sharpeners relatively easy to come by and are very inexpensive. Myself I have an electric one in my studio I use regularly. If it I am working away from the studio I will take a small, inexpensive sharpener along.

Additional Drawing Items:

Below are some supplies you may want to try.  From left-to-right: A wooden skewer, a sharp knife, a sandpaper block, a white pastel pencil, a hard eraser.

A sharp skewer can be used in a method to score into the paper before shading, leaving a white mark visible. The knife and sandpaper block are so you can sharpen your pencil to a preferred point. Having a white pastel pencil on hand helps in creating value in your piece, mainly if you use a toned paper. And lastly, a hard eraser will take more of a mark away than the kneaded eraser usually will.

Extra Drawing Tools

Drawing Paper:

Paper comes in a wide variety of shapes textures and colors. As mentioned before using plain white copy paper will do fine if that is what you currently have access. The point is to be learning; the tools themselves aren’t as crucial in this case as what you do with them.

We could do an entire series on just the types of papers available. So, for now, focus on getting what you can afford and feel the most comfortable using. If you are a beginner, begin with a white or cream that is about 90lb.

Drawing paper

Next time we will explore the traditional classic proportions of the human body.

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drawing figure

Opaque Projector Problem?

OpaqueProjector
Vintage Monster!

Is it OK to use an opaque projector as a tool for creating representational art? It is ingrained in me to say “No”. Being able to draw and see as an artist is the basis of all fine artist. One does not want to skip past this important step. When I was first serious about learning to draw having an opaque projector was not an option, financially. For this I am thankful.

I posed this question on my facebook page(s) – Artist-How-To and Diane Dobson Barton. People proposed “Professional artist use one all the time.”, “It saves time.”,  “The master’s used similar devices for centuries.” The problem as I see it arises when an artist uses a projection without the necessary skills to make it work in the end. When it is used as a crutch rather than a tool.

I have also heard people say it “saves time”.  But if you can draw well, drawing is quicker.  If you can not draw well, one must reason that you can also not see well. Seeing well is the basis of creating all representational art.

Vintage Projector
Vintage Projector

One can drive a car with cruise control and an automatic transmission just fine. But if they never learn to steer they won’t get very far. I sincerely wish I could say knowing someone uses one does not ruffle my feathers and make red flags pop up in my mind. Maybe I am just too old school?