If you’re new to all this, begin here first.
Last week we memorized an ancient urn. We will do another one this week before moving onto something else.
This week’s urn is wider than it is tall. In fact, up to this point all of the exercises have been vertical in orientation. These kinds of images are a bit easier to recall because the bulk of each image is near the guideline. Note that I have placed this weeks image vertically so that when you print it out it will fill the page. When you are actually memorizing the image you should turn it horizontally.
- Print out the image and using tracing paper, trace the guidelines and reference dots.
- Tape or tack the source up to a wall or to an easel.
- Stand or sit around three feet away from it when trying to memorize.
- Spend five minutes memorizing. On the first attempt do not analyze. Stare into the center of the shape while you try to take it in as a whole. You may then analyze on the second attempt if you like.
- Now and then, trace the image in the air with your finger.
- After the time is up, turn away from the source and try to draw it onto the tracing paper.
- When you have done your best, lay the drawing over the source to check for errors
- Don’t forget to mark your errors. Review them before the beginning of the next day’s session.
Notice that there is a slight difference between the two sides of the vase. The differences, though subtle, can be seen in the two handles as well as the base.
Darren R. Rousar studied privately with Richard Lack and attended Atelier LeSueur, both in Minnesota, as well as Studio Cecil-Graves in Florence, Italy. He was the assistant director and an instructor at Charles Cecil Studios in Florence, after which he became vice president of The Minnesota River School of Fine Art in Burnsville. He has been a professional artist for more than 20 years, focusing mainly on Christian themes. Darren is currently an art teacher, technology coordinator/coach at Providence Academy in Plymouth, MN. He is the author of two books, Cast Drawing Using the Sight-Size Approach and Cast Painting Using the Sight-Size Approach and the producer of a companion DVD, Sight-Size and the Art of Seeing. Through his company, Velatura Press, he republished an expanded edition of E.G. Lutz's 1921 book, Drawing Made Easy.
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Memory Drawing teaches you how to visually perceive and accurately recall those perceptions.
Sight-Size is a way of seeing and comparing nature to your artwork from a given distance. The books and DVD shown below explain it in detail.
Children and young adults can learn constructive drawing through Velatura Press' reprint of E.G. Lutz's 1921 classic, Drawing Made Easy.
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