REREADING KEYS TO DRAWING BY BERT DODSON – WEEK TWO

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Rereading Keys to Drawing by Bert Dodson
Rereading Keys to Drawing by Bert Dodson - Lounging Figure exercise, by Artist Sophie Lawson
The alignment exercise has you drawing a figure in a lounging pose, with the focus on checking your measurements while drawing. I enjoyed this one, partly because I decided to use charcoal for a change, but also because it made me appreciate the importance of measuring when drawing awkward poses. This exercise made me realise I don’t take enough measurements. Naughty Sophie!
Rereading Keys to Drawing by Bert Dodson - Mapping exercise, by Artist Sophie Lawson

The mapping exercise was a simple one, but again, very useful and fun. You have to find three poses of figures in strong lighting, with the goal being to map out the light and shadow shapes. I realised I do mapping a lot of the time naturally, but never to the extent of this exercise, where you actually had to make them full on shapes. I like how you can make out what the figures are doing, just from these simple shapes.

“IT HELPS A GREAT DEAL TO KNOW THAT LIGHT AND SHADOW BEHAVE IN A LOGICAL AND CONSISTENT PATTERN.”

– Bert Dodson

THREE SIGHTING STRATEGIES

1. Finding the midpoint
Think of your subject as a shape which you divide at the midpoint. That half above the midpoint must fit into the top 50% of your drawing area and the half below must fit into the lower 50%. Studiously finding and using the midpoint in this way ensures that each half of whatever you divide will be in proportion to the other.

2. Using Plump and level
Using your pencil like a carpenter’s tool, you can establish the vertical and horizontal alignments of your subject and transfer them one at a time to your paper. This strategy is especially useful in establishing the action of your pose.

3. Taking comparative measurements
In this strategy you measure with your pencil the length of one part of your subject and compare it to the length of another part. The head is a commonly-used unit of measure, for instance, and might be compared to upper arm length or to shoulder width. This procedure is basic to finding proper proportions.

“OUR LARGER GOAL SHOULD BE TO DRAW IN A WAY THAT EXPRESSES OUR VISION.”

– Bert Dodson

“SCIENTISTS AND PHILOSIPHERS MAY STRIVE TO DISPEL ILLUSIONS, BUT ARTISTS STRIVE TO CREATE AND SUSTAIN THEM. THAT IS OUR JOB.”

– Bert Dodson

WEEK TWO

Covering
chapter 3 (Proportions: Taking the Measure of Things)
chapter 4 (The Illusion of Light)

Including
Bert’s discussion on three Sighting Strategies:
1. Finding the Midpoint
2. Using Plump and Level
3. Taking Comparative Measurements

WEEK THREE

Covering
chapter 5 (The Illusion of Depth)
chapter 6 (The Illusion of Texture)

Including
four depth principles:
1. Overlapping Shapes
2. Diminishing Sizes
3. Converging Parallel Lines
4. Softening Edges and Contrast

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