National Drawing Day

Happy National Drawing Day!

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Gardenia

May 16 is National Drawing Day!  Besides sketches for our Urban Sketchers virtual meet ups, what have you been drawing?  Here’s what I’ve been doing:

Earlier this week I watched a Metropolitan Museum of Art Drop In Drawing session on composition and shapes, which focused on botanical drawings.  The idea was to build a drawing through simplified shapes that you then go back and refine.  For example, you sketch out ovals or oblongs for the petals of a flower, and then go back to draw in the specific shape of the petals.  I decided to try this technique on a gardenia blossom in a vase.  I drew a circle for the vase as well as simple ovals and rectangles for the petals.  Then I went back and drew more specific petal shapes.  Although not exactly an Urban Sketchers scene, I think these principles can be applied to sketches other than botanical drawings.

Something else we often practice drawing is hands.  This week I watched a drawing session sponsored by the Princeton Art Museum and the Arts Council of Princeton, featuring a lesson on drawing hands.  I drew my left hand holding a pencil.

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Hand

Happy drawing on National Drawing Day and beyond!


2 Comments on “National Drawing Day”

  1. Renee L says:

    I tried to join the Flickr group several times to participate but my request hasn’t been accepted. My Flickr account is to cypress.

    Thanks

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    • Sebastian Sievert says:

      Hi Renee,

      We sent you a Flickr message that hopefully resolves the issue you had.
      If you encounter any other difficulties feel free to contact us at our official email address: uskoahu@gmail.com.

      Sebastian

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