In this blog I'll share what I have learned over the years about drawing and painting. My processes creating illustrations, visual development and concept art. I'll share thoughts, techniques and ideas that have worked for me in my career as an illustrator. I hope they inspire , and work for you too!
Many people think drawing is a talent that you are either born with or not. I don't believe this. I think these people just never learned that much of what they perceive as 'magic' is in fact a set of techniques, that can be learned through study. They don't see the building blocks the artist uses to create his drawing. A huge part of being able to draw is being able to see. To see proportions, relationships, volumes, shapes, perspective, values, edges, colors. All of these can be learned through study. Betty Edwards teaches art classes to people of whom many think the are just born without the ability to draw. Below you see the 'before' and 'after' drawings of these students. Please note that this course lasted only 5 days!!
Betty Edwards: Drawing from the right side of the brain
Hi all. So there's a first time for everything. This is my first gumroad tutorial. In this demo I show my process of setting up a caricature, based on the gesture in the face and adding volumes by adding tonality. In the video I talk you through the process from the very first line to the final result you can see as the cover for this product.
With first times come first time mistakes, and as I played back the recording, I discovered the sound is a bit crunchy from time to time. So why not start my launch at gumroad with a discount. Only $5 for this demo, that lasts over an hour!!
From a young age I have been fascinated by the art of caricature. In art school caricatures were looked at as low art, and I wasn’t allowed to create caricatures there. After school I got paid to do caricatures for magazines and newspapers. Although I have always disagreed with the teachers who told me caricatures were not ‘real’ art, it is amazing how much impact their response had to how I looked at caricatures. After a while I even stopped drawing caricatures at all, because I felt I wouldn’t be taken seriously as an artist.
When I realised I started to have the same viewpoint on caricatures as the people who forbid me to draw them in art school, I realised something had gone very wrong. I started looking at the work of the people whose work had inspired me for so long. Caricaturists, like C.F.Payne, Paul van der Steen , David Levine, Natalie Ascencios but also painters from long ago. Then I realised there is no such thing as high art and low art. A portrait artist looks at his subject and decides what he wants to express. he chooses what he wants to emphasise, wether it is shapes, colors, textures, attitude… A painter exaggerates. he makes you look at the subject like he does, by showing this to you with his painting. Over time painters have done many portraits in many different ways. Some of the portraits that are considered ‘high art’ by some, are not much different than how I would have loved to paint a caricature in art school
I always like seeing the same subject painted by different artists. Very interesting to see what the artist chooses to focus on, and how he wants to tell his story. These are both portraits of Mme Pierre Gautreau. Left: John Singer Sargent, Madame X (Madame Pierre Gautreau) (1883-1884), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, oil on canvas, 208.6 x 109.9cm Right: Gustave Courtois, Madame Gautreau (1891), Musée d'Orsay, Paris, oil on canvas, 62.01 x 58.5cm