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The Secret Curve

Using convex vs. concave lines in life drawing.

The Secret Curve - Convex vs Concave Lines in Figure Drawing

There’s a little secret in life drawing that not many artists know about. If you know about it you’re already using it, if not, you will start after reading this article.

It can be our little secret. 

Here it is: If you want your figure to have a natural look, use convex (outy lines) and not concave (inny lines).

Why? Everything alive starts as a molecule and begins to grow. Growing is an outward motion. As things grow, they begin to take on a bulge toward the outwards or convex.

(I think my stomach adopted this law too personally.) 

Life Drawing Forms the "Bones"

Why every artist should draw from life

Life Drawing Forms the

Since 1932, Disney studio has offered free life drawing classes for its artists. The idea is that understanding and capturing the anatomy and sense of motion from a live model improves all your other artistic skills.

There’s something special about drawing from life. Maybe it’s the connection between you and the model, which doesn’t happen from a photo. Maybe it’s the way our eyes see things in three dimensions compared with the way photos flatten out the form. Perhaps it’s the fact that you are setting up your own composition in the moment. Whatever the reason, working from life helps you realize the real sense of the form and how to render it.


Drawing

Begin by sketching

Doug Swinton Drawing Sketches

Drawing. That simple art exercise that eludes some artists and yet elates others. I can’t tell you how often I am asked if one needs drawing skills to be able to paint. The fact of the matter is, artists able to paint correctly, with no drawing skills what so ever are few and far between. It takes a vast amount of skill and dexterity to be able to paint what you see and juxtapose colour upon colour, stroke next to stroke, without having any drawing ability whatsoever.

In comparison, the music world has many musicians who cannot read a stitch of sheet music and learn by ear. The incomparable Johnny Cash very deftly did this, writing and performing his songs without the ability to read musical notes. Tablature, a form of reading music without notes, was created out of the fact that many musicians couldn’t read music. Similarly, one doesn’t have to be able to draw to be able to paint, or for that matter, one doesn’t need to be able to draw well in order to paint a painting. But here’s the snag…

Spark Your Creativity by Doodling.

Being self-critical is a waste of time. Try drawing instead.

Spark Your Creativity by Doodling.

Sometimes it seems impossible to begin painting. You may have no idea what to paint or where to begin. This may not be true for those that always paint the same subject in the same way, but for those that wish to create something unique, it can be a serious block.

I'm not going to pretend to know all the solutions, which tend to be as varied as art itself, I only want to present one easy way that has consistently worked for me in hopes that it may also work for you. Try it next time you are feeling uninspired and let me know how it turns out...

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