Drawing – From the General to the Specific

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The pencil is poised, the subject is before us and the blank piece of paper is screaming  “START!”  But where? How?

It seems easier to work from the general to the specific rather than the other way around. Starting with the largest thing you see, drawing that shape and forgetting everything else seems to at least make some marks to help guide you to make other marks.

It could be a vase of flowers or the outer silhouette of a person sitting on a chair as above. Your drawing may include one or more shapes together as in both these examples. That way, you capture them as a whole idea.

The drawing does not need to be executed perfectly and if yours looks wonky, do not despair.  You now have something to build on, something to restate, compare with surrounding shapes (see previous drawing posts) and subdivide into smaller shapes if you think fit.

Choosing your large shapes is up to you and if problems beset you, try squinting then first draw the shapes you see with squinted eyes.

Tips and tricks to help you along the way:

  • All drawing is process.
  • You start out being brave and courageous and make some marks on the paper.
  • Those marks help guide you to make other marks.
  • Actually, you don’t always know where you’re going until you get there.
  • A large shape is the start of that process.

Away with you to your studio/loungeroom/study or whatever to START!

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2 thoughts on “Drawing – From the General to the Specific

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