How to draw what we see. The spaces in between an object. An excellent Youtube Tedtalk by Ralph Ammer is well worth watching for the way he describes drawing. ralph ammer drawing Straight after watching it I went out to the back garden to do an exercise he suggested, when I drew the leaves &
Get out into nature with the smart phone & take close ups of flowers or plants. Put them on your computer & zoom in to draw/paint small A4 or A5 pictures. You can use acrylics ( the bright colours are perfect for flowers like Forget-me-nots), watercolour, oils, pastels, coloured pencils or just plain graphite pencils.
Getting close in on nature, plants & flowers can be a revelation. Plants we take for granted look very different when drawn with an intense, concentrated examination of the form & details. Spring is the perfect time for this, sketch wisteria buds one month then another sketch a month later reveals the transformation (see above).
I use the concept of yin/yang positive/negative in EVERY drawing I do! Its a way of thinking & seeing that makes drawing complicated forms possible. It was a revelation to me, many years ago when I first discovered it in the excellent – Drawing on the right side of the brain by Betty Edwards. the