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The Art of the DrapeMany times students tell me that they have nothing to draw at home (yes I always find this hard to believe as well). I have often suggested that they tack a piece of cloth or a sheet up on the wall and to draw from it. Its an excellent way to improve your problem solving skills with drawing. When I teach drawing, I always set up what I affectionately call the.. "drapery study from hell" for the students to draw from, which consists of 7-8 sheets and fabric swatches of differing color and value which I twist and tack up on the wall.The Art of the Drape by Darkdesyre
The benefit of this exercise is it improves your ability to draw a complex object. I tell my students to approach it almost as an abstract. Start by blocking in the big areas of light, dark and medium value... and then subdivide these areas into smaller more complex shapes.. until you finally divide it into the smallest values. Think of it as a giant puzzle where everything has to fit together.
Its an excellent exercise in drawing and one I hope you'll be in
Traditional Art JournalI have to admit that as a life drawing instructor I have a definite bias towards teaching students to draw from a live model as opposed to copying photos. Drawings done from life are full of interesting marks and line quality, they have a record of the struggle of the artist to find the pose, they show a connection with the subject and a soul that is devoid from art drawn simply by trying to faithfully reproduce a photograph.Traditional Art Journal by Darkdesyre
I know many artists who try and teach themselves to draw, start by drawing from photos because they are a cheap model, they dont move and they are easy to find on the internet. But I try to discourage my students from relying on photos too much because in many cases they are lit in such a way as to negate the shadows on the figure or to have too dramatic of shadows. This makes it difficult to understand the anatomy and how to turn a form. What students learn from drawing from photos is how to render light and shadow, not how to draw the structural anato