It has been a while since I’ve updated my website. Like so many others, I began using Facebook and Instagram to reach a wider audience. However, those platforms are zeroing in on creators and people with differing opinions. Discord updated their terms of service to say they could deplatform you for something you did while NOT on their platform. Imagine getting into an argument with someone and then trying to take a bus home, and the bus company won’t let you ride because they agreed with the person you were arguing with. It makes no sense.
Worse, they are closing in on risqué creators. If your art skills are good enough, the bots tag you. Once they start tagging you, the “punishments” compound, even if you get a previous violation overturned. One could probably argue that getting the previous violation overturned simply made them more intent on bringing you down.
With all that in mind, I’ll be doing what I should have been doing all along. I will publish on my website and share from there and through my newsletter. At least until my domain host and mail server decide to censor us too.
This week I discuss the process I go through when planning a painting composition. I touch on the golden mean, then quickly reduced it to the rule of thirds. I talk about cropping out uneccesary stuff and then how to break the rules for emphasis.
This week in the classroom we talked about negative spaces. Â Negative space the area not occupied by your subject. Â You try to only see the shape made by where your subject isn’t. Â Dede (@inkiwell) aptly described it as drawing the air around you subject. Â This is not to be confused with a silhouette. A silhouette is the outer perimeter of your subject drawn as a shape. Â If you cut the silhouette out, you will be left with the negative space. Â This is a handy tool to help understand better some part of your subject that might be confusing to the eye. Â For instance, if you are having difficulty with the perspective of the rails of a bar stool, focusing on the negative space will trick your eye into seeing what’s going on.
This week in the classroom we talked about foreshortening. Â Foreshortening is a perspective tool where you show closer shapes of an object overlapping shapes that are further away. Â For instance, in the foot drawing above, the toes are bigger and bolder than the arch of the foot. The arch is bigger and bolder than the ankle and calf. That foot is bigger and darker than the foot on the right, giving the illusion of one foot in front of the other. Â @EvelineTimelessÂ Â accurately pointed out in the chat that it looks like these feet are actually walking towards you.
We spent about twenty minutes going over the basics of single point and multi-point perspective and then another thirty minutes discussing how that applies to the figure. Â Interestingly enough, while foreshortening applies to any kind of overlapping and atmospheric perspective, I rarely find Â the term used in other than life drawings.