Category Archives: Practice

Derwent Art Academy – 3 Classes Done 3 To Go!

I decided to sign up to the online Derwent Art Academy course, once you complete the 6 classes and graduate you receive a certificate from the Academy and a tin of Derwent pencils!

I am really enjoying it, I’ve only completed 3 classes so far, they are great fun to do.  When you submit each of your drawings you receive an email and then the next lesson is unlocked.

I have posted my submissions under the Practice Pieces tab, why don’t you sign up and have a go yourself!

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Water

In my art class over the coming weeks we will be looking at water.  Today was great fun trying out different techniques both in pencil and watercolour to try and depict still water. 

We started off by using the side of the pencil and rolling it on the paper then going back in and defining some areas. 

We then looked at different techniques using watercolours by experimenting with, dry brush technique, wax resist, Masking Fluid, Gloss Medium for Acrylics, Iridescent Medium for Watercolours and some wet-in-wet technique.

I will upload the images and post them under the Practice Pieces tab. 

Eyes

Following on from last week’s lesson today was all about eyes.

We sat 4 to a table (2 either side) and took it in turns to draw each other’s eyes.  I was surprised to find for a subject we look at every day, just how much we take them for granted until it comes to drawing them.

After drawing each other’s eyes in graphite my art teacher gave us some magazine pictures.  This time we were going to use Soft Pastels, to introduce some colour.  I’ve posted both under the Practice Pieces tabs.

Next week we are going to tackle a full portrait either stylised or tradition.  I’m planning on doing a stylised self portrait in oils.  I’ll post the completed painting as soon as it’s done.

Skin Tones

In today’s lesson we started to look at portraits.  We first looked at Amedeo Modigliani’s portraits to get a feel for the different ways he used for his portraits.  My art teacher had printed out some line drawings of a lady for us to practice our skin tones on.  We had brought in some pictures cut out of magazines or photos of ourselves to use as colour reference.  My art teacher advised us to use oil paints for this exercise as they are easier to blend than, Watercolours or Acrylics.

I’ve posted my portrait under the Practice Pieces tab, I’m not happy with the portrait as it stands but, I am really happy with the skin tones and so is my teacher.