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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Drawing to Painting transition Mass drawing method

Transition from drawing to painting.
A lot of people having a hard time transitioning from drawing into painting.
I can really understand because drawing and painting to me use different mentality to execute.

* Drawing (verb) is the act of making marks on a surface so as to create an image, form or shape. Mostly using define lines.
* The produced image is also called a drawing (noun). A quick, unrefined drawing may be defined as a sketch.

In simplistic terms, drawing is distinct from painting, perhaps more so in the Western view. Drawing is generally concerned with the marking of lines and areas of tone onto paper. The term drawing suggests a process and intent that is distinct from the traditional act of painting. While there are drawings that are finished artworks, drawing is often exploratory, with considerable emphasis on observation, problem solving and composition, often as a means of preparation for a painting. In contrast, traditional painting is often a means of execution or finishing an artwork. It is fair to note that modern painters often incorporate methods of drawing in their painting process, particularly in the early stages of a painting.

There is a particular type of drawing that will get you closer to the painterly result and will help you translate your pencil mark into analytical thinking method of painters.
Mass drawing refers to rendering the solidity of the subject by masses of tone or color, without emphasizing lines or edges.

Mass drawing in monochrome oil paint is one of the transitional steps from drawing to painting. The purpose of mass drawing is to bring students “from simple outlines to approach the full realization of form in all the complexity of light and shade.”

In this demonstration, four logical steps by Horold Speed:

Step 1. The blocking in of various areas in charcoal.
Step 2. Middletone block-in with lights painted into it
Step 3. Shadows added with dark paint.
Step 4. Refinement and completion.

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8 comments:

Nico said...

What notebook(or Mac) do you recommend to do some serious Photoshop? Now i have an Acer(dont like it anyway) 1.70ghz/1gb ram/x700ATI and is going down on PS...no fluidity with Wacom tablet and medium-big files. I must have the best fluidity, realtime painting experience(by the way,im Academy student and i do digital p./illust./comics).The only limit its the mobility, i dont want a pc.
Best regards, your blog is a Real place for creative tips
Nico from Italy

XIA said...

Nico> Great question! Never really think about it. I am spoiled the IT guys usually help me pick it out.
I currently use DELL XPS M1710 (4g of RAM, dual core) max out, but it's five years old now. Whatever is good for Gaming is more than good enough for digital art.
Thanks, I should make a post about it. Anyone has any idea?

Knuckles930 said...

I would suggest going to Adobe.com and check out the minimum system requirements they have put up for PS. They probably also have put up some recommended requirements for better use. If you got the budget for it, I would recommend going above those also, just to cover any new CS release.

What you could also do is see what sites like Wikipedia recommend or any other site suited for such.

Although most of us are not Dutch, maybe the magic of a translator tool can help you, but this site is very well for such.

If anyone finds anything like this in other languages feel free to post.

Knuckles930 said...

System Requirements Photoshop CS4:

Windows

* 1.8GHz or faster processor
* Microsoft® Windows® XP with Service Pack 2 (Service Pack 3 recommended) or Windows Vista® Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise with Service Pack 1 (certified for 32-bit Windows XP and 32-bit and 64-bit Windows Vista)
* 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
* 1GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on flash-based storage devices)
* 1,024x768 display (1,280x800 recommended) with 16-bit video card
* Some GPU-accelerated features require graphics support for Shader Model 3.0 and OpenGL 2.0
* DVD-ROM drive
* QuickTime 7.2 software required for multimedia features
* Broadband Internet connection required for online services*


Mac OS

* PowerPC® G5 or multicore Intel® processor
* Mac OS X v10.4.11–10.5.4
* 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
* 2GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on flash-based storage devices)
* 1,024x768 display (1,280x800 recommended) with 16-bit video card
* Some GPU-accelerated features require graphics support for Shader Model 3.0 and OpenGL 2.0
* DVD-ROM drive
* QuickTime 7.2 software required for multimedia features
* Broadband Internet connection required for online services*


From Adobe, link here.

XIA said...

Thanks Knuckle!!! Will have to make the post from Knuckle once more. You save the day again. :)

Knuckles930 said...

Ah just doing the best I can.

apologeticwriting said...

I was intrigued by "mass drawing" for some time, without really knowing how to use it at all !
Tried to apply it, but continued to fail at it.
Those tricky YouTube videos ! *shakes fist*
Anyway, I'm glad I found your excellent blog!
I'm using it to integrate my anatomy studies from books (that I practice with pencil usually) with digital painting (photoshop 7).
Thank you, I shall continue to watch your stuff :)

-Apologetic Writing

XIA said...

apologeticwriting> Thanks brother! Mass drawing...just think silhouette, big outline shape without detail, like the bathroom men & woman sign. Keep practicing. Everyone fail at first few trials. Book's good if you have no option or life drawing session, it's also a good supplimental material for life session.
Pencil is the best way to practice...I wish I have a camera set up over table...soon I can save up enough for really good one. :)

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