REREADING KEYS TO DRAWING BY BERT DODSON

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Keys to Drawing by Bert Dodson Book Rereading

“KEYS TO DRAWING ESSENTIALLY, IS LEARNING TO TRUST OUR EYES AND LEARNING DIFFERENT WAYS IN WHICH WE CAN REINFORCE THAT TRUST.”

– Bert Dodson

The plan is to study from the book for at least two hours everyday. Each chapter contains multiple drawing exercises that I’ll also be working through. These range from drawing your feet, to going outside and drawing something in perspective. Talking of drawing your feet.

The ‘drawing your feet’ exercise, is the first exercise in the book. It was an exercise I’d forgotten about until December of 2014, when I received an email from an artist who signed themselves off as, ‘a little artist from Europe’. You can read the full email below, but attached was a drawing. A drawing of this artist’s feet … all the memories came flooding back, and I smiled. Even now, this photo still makes me happy. I’m happy for I imagine this artist now out on their own epic journey. Happy for I remember how oblivious I was to the power of art back then. Happy for I felt a real connection with this “little artist from Europe”.

Thank you Email - Keys to Drawing by Bert Dodson, by Artist Sophie Lawson
Thank you Drawing - Keys to Drawing by Bert Dodson

So over the next few weeks, and potentially months, I’ll be returning to Bert’s book. Going through it chapter by chapter, exercise by exercise, to see what it’s like studying from this book, now that I have a little bit more knowledge. Since adding it to my Recommended Books in 2013, it has pretty much sat on my shelf untouched.

I’m fascinated to see

  • How will I feel about the book now?
  • Will some of Bert’s knowledge, that I wasn’t ready for back then, now make sense?
  • Will old tips I’d forgotten about come flooding back?

“IN ADDITION TO TRUSTING OUR EYES, THE QUALITY THAT MOST DEFINES ANY OF US AS ARTISTS, IS CURIOSITY.”

– 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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