Drawing and Painting for Beginners Part 2 — A Beginner’s Guide
Table of Contents
Texture of trees, wood, grass, stone cloud and water
The texture of bark
The texture of rocks
The texture of clouds
The texture of water
Composition when drawing outdoors
Rule of thirds
Breaking the rules
En Plein Aire (Open air or outdoor drawing) is quite a vast subject. It can be quite daunting at first, but with a bit of forethought and planning it may become your favorite kind of work as an artist. The first thing you must remember is that no matter how organized you try to be things can and often do go wrong, and many factors are simply out of your control. You can’t control the sun, wind, rain or variable light. Which hour of the day do you like best? Morning, when it’s sharp and the shadows are long? Noon, when it’s bright and there is very little shadow at all? Or twilight, when the light is fading? What do you do if it rains? Expect the unexpected and have a Plan B. You may even end up painting in the car but that’s OK — do whatever it takes to get the job done. The results of all this agony, though, should be well worth it — a vivid impression of a moment in time, in spite of everything that Mother Nature can throw at you. Sometimes the best work happens spontaneously and not in the carefully controlled atmosphere of a studio, where you have all your creature comforts around you. For the purposes of this book we’re working in black and white. We’ll tackle paints, pastels and colored pencils later.
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