MUNICH ART ADVENTURE {4}

Is it hot where you live? It's 94˚F here in Munich and living in apartment with no a/c has its challenges.

Nevertheless, there are things that I want to get done while I'm here. 

Like show a client how I tackle a Bargue drawing.

Charles Bargue, along with Jean-Leon Gerome, made a classical drawing course in the 1800s. The course is composed of 197 lithographs that are supposed to be copied by the students. It helps with learning to see how things truly are.

If you're going to practice drawing and seeing, I highly recommend making a sight size drawing. That means copying it the exact size that you see it. Ideally, you'd put it on an easel, so you can step back and see your mistakes quicker. 

No easel. I just taped my paper on the wall. The main things: have enough space to step back and keep your drawing in an upright position.

No easel. I just taped my paper on the wall. The main things: have enough space to step back and keep your drawing in an upright position.

Looking for big angles and getting the big picture right at the beginning.

Looking for big angles and getting the big picture right at the beginning.

First phase of envelope drawing. You try to use as little lines as possible to describe the shape. This keeps the shapes big and abstract, which helps you see angles and proportions better. Stay away from the details at the beginning.

First phase of envelope drawing. You try to use as little lines as possible to describe the shape. This keeps the shapes big and abstract, which helps you see angles and proportions better. Stay away from the details at the beginning.

So even without an easel, you can continue to do drawing exercises. Grab something to copy (something you like!), put a paper next to it and copy it. Your eye will become more sensitive to lines.

Here's a link to a little video of my painting setup. Click here: 

 

3 tips on how to keep moving even if you don't feel like it (because of the heat or whatever.)

1. ACCOUNTABILITY: I post my top 3 goals in a Facebook forum every Monday. I also have skype/facetime meetings with people who give me feedback and hold me accountable on a weekly basis.

2. MOTIVATION: I want to create more art and more joy in this world. I love this feeling of creating. It's not stagnant, it's dynamic and I have a feeling I'm constantly learning.

3. DEADLINES: I have real dates that I have to finish projects by. Those dates are in my calendar and those dates kick my butt in a good way.

 

IF YOU NEED MORE HELP, HERE'S A SWEET OFFER

Let me know if you or a friend of yours needs help in drawing and painting. I'm offering a free 30 minute skype/facetime/googlechat hangout to get you going. Email me at: micbstudio (at) gmail (dot) com to set up an appointment or contact me here. Together, we'll get things going!

Either I will find a way or I will make one.
— Philip Sydney