Draw what you see, not what you think you see
Learn about this subject, drawing fast, getting your proportion right and much more with Greig McArthur on Saturday 7th July from 11 – 1400 in McArthur & McArthur Studios with a live model and rigger.
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One tip which I can’t stress enough when drawing, is to look, then look again. Draw what you see, not what you think you see.
Here’s a little exercise to show you what I mean.
Try this at home
- look quickly at the nearest square or rectangular table to you. Draw a quick sketch of it, use as much or little perspective as you like.
- Now measure the proportion of the table you have drawn. How tall is it? How wide is it?
- Now using a pencil, or other straight edge, measure the height and width of the table in front of you.
The table top of your first drawing probably shows more table top than the one you measured right. If not, excellent, you already have a great eye for true proportion.
We all know that most tables have a flat surface and legs. Even drawing a table without looking at one, you’d probably manage that no problem. Because of this however, we tend to over-exaggerate prominent features rather than drawing what is actually in front of you.
It’s the same when drawing people, we tend to over-draw the things which make people people and this results in the arms, legs and parts of the body looking too long, or strangely proportioned.
So never be afraid to measure with your thumb, a pencil, or compare what you’re drawing to the space it exists in.
Enjoy your creativity