Sometimes it’s important to do certain things before you do others, even if you prefer not to. If you are trying to learn how to draw or paint it is best to begin by working from a still life. Even if you see yourself in the future as an artist successfully creating gigantic landscapes or whimsical caricatures, I’m going to ask you to put those dreams on hold until you develop a certain skill set. I know you’re patient and I know you want to increase your drawing skills, but just in case you are feeling a wee bit rebellious let me tell you why I would like you to stick to still lifes as your educational subject matter.
In addition to the balanced lighting that gives your studio its overall illumination you are going to need a way to put objects you are drawing or painting into a spotlight. When you’re learning to draw it’s a good thing to limit all the general lighting you have in your studio and try to illuminate your subject matter with a single spotlight.Continue Reading
You need space to create art. For most of you reading this post, that means you will need to create your very own little art haven; but we’ll call it your studio! It’s amazing howContinue Reading
Wouldn’t you like to learn how to draw but can’t seem to find the time? Today I’ll be talking about strategies to get you into the drawing game.Continue Reading
I truly believe anyone can learn to draw. Here’s why…Continue Reading
I often see similarities between the field of visual arts and music. I’m not referring to how a painting makes you feel, as this is a too elusive a discussion in which peoples’ own personal opinion shall ultimately be the ruling decider. I would like to compare art and music through a Continue Reading
This is a great, but simple way to catch mistakes in your own artwork. All you need is one tool!Continue Reading
You may very well be approaching your artwork in an incorrect way. In today’s post I discuss some essential things to look for when drawing or painting.Continue Reading
The colors you see depend on a variety visual parameters, including:
- the eye’s state of adaptation
- the brightness of the stimuli
- the visual context
Below is a computer rendition of artist Josef Albers demonstration that color appearance does indeed depend on the context in which colors are seen. Look at the “x” in each square…
Do they look different?
Understanding color appearance is necessary in many venture where there is human-computer interaction. As such it is essential to consider color appearance when designing algorithms to solve color problems (e.g. color constancy or color correction). Conversely, purely computational theories are valuable in assessing and directing research into color appearance. For example, algorithms developed for compressing the size of color images provide an intriguing (and perfectly plausible) explanation for various psychophysical experiments.