My number one reason I WON'T make art

How many excuses do you have for not doing your art practice? I used to have many, but my usual all star excuse was that I didn’t have space. See, I was a spoiled kid. I had an entire basement to myself. Think, Eric Foreman’s basement from That 70s Show. It was dark and dingy. But there was space. I used to stay up all hours of the night working on paintings. But, once I became an adult I found this more and more difficult. Not only was it a struggle to be disciplined enough to skip out on maintaining my social life after a long work day to do art instead. But now I didn’t have that kind of space. I used to rent this little breakfast nook in Seattle. It was great. And once I suffered the pain of having no art practice I was able to set up in the living room with my roommates consent.

But with each move I have struggled with this issue of space for my art practice. EVERY SINGLE TIME. Obviously, a move is a huge stressor. So creating and practicing a routine can take a moment. But at times, this has mean’t years without steady art practice. YEARS!? Terrible, I know.

But after I started this commitment of doing 10,000 hours of art in 2017, I noticed I was able to finally let this go. I just felt determined to make it work. I really am at my best when I have a consistent art practice. I am nicer to people. I am cheerful. My self esteem is a bit better. So, I decided to set up in our dining room.

 Summer 2016

Summer 2016

That wasn’t the only place I worked though. I worked in the living and my daughter’s room. She didn’t use it when she was so little. The point is, I found space no matter how small.

When we moved to California. I was determined not to delay my art practice again. I wanted to get unpacked and jump right into work. And it was a dream come true. I finally had some real space where I could settle in.

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There was a nice big corner in the garage, all for me. I mean, it had a dark, dingy feel. But that was something I was familiar with. But now I could spread out a lot more. It’s like after all that wishing I had space and just doing art anyway, the space presented itself to me.

And, today I now have some space at home where I can draw and sew as well as a space on campus. I have an abundance of space!

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So, I say, find your determination. Whatever your excuses are, find a way to overcome them and the solutions will begin to present themselves to you.

I hope your art practice is going well.

Love,

Hez

Everything goes Wrong: 10,000 Hours of Art! // ARTIST VLOG #2 //

Hey friends,

thanks for stopping in! It is week two of 2018 and I have another vlog for you. This weeks lesson for me was that sometimes life throws some serious roadblocks your way. Fortunately, my roadblocks were not very serious at all. In fact, they were expected and, well, fortunate. Currently, my boyfriend and I have been remodeling his house so that we can rent it out. But, as many of you might know, that can be very challenging and difficult work. This week, you'll see I am straight up exhausted while trying to find time to work on art. How is your art practice going this week?

Love, 

Hez

New Year, New Vlog! 10,000 Hours of ART

I am back at it again, working towards my 10,000 hours of art while being a mama. The first week went pretty good. I didn't get as many hours as I hoped. Story of my life. But I am hoping to make up for it in the second week. Here is vlog #1 for 2018! Enjoy!

I hope you are doing well with your goals for the new year. Let me know in the comments!

Love,

Hez

One Point Perspective Drawing (Part 2)

Hello artists,

I hope your art practice is going well. Here I have another art exercise for you about one point perspective. This time we'll be working from a real setting. If you haven't had a chance to do part one of this exercise, go ahead and click here to practice that. Understanding perspective is the key to creating accurate drawings. Once you have practiced the first part of this art exercise, take a moments to watch or read this post to get further understanding on perspective. Then, I highly recommend that you go out into the real world to do some studies on perspective. 

Links for materials needed:

Strathmore Sketchbook
Graphite Pencil Set
Zebra Pencils 
White eraser
Puddy Eraser

Step 1: Start by drawing a horizon line across the page.

Step 2: Pinpoint your vanishing point.

Step 3: Draw two lines receding from the vanishing point, this will be the road.

Step 4: Now I will draw these cars on the side of the road. I am going to keep their shape very basic to start with. I'll draw them in cube form. Here is how to Draw a Cube if you want further instruction. Just keep in mind when you draw the cubes, all lines need to recede to the vanishing point. 

Step 5: For the tires on the car, keep in mind that they are essentially cylinder shaped. Here is How to Draw a Cylinder.

Step 6: Draw the houses in cube form. Remember all lines recede to the vanishing point. 

Step 7: Next, I'll sketch the bushes. Again, keep in mind that the top and bottom of the bushes will recede to the vanishing point.

Step 8: Then I'll add in these electric posts. These are cylinder shaped.

Then, if you have additional time, you can go through with your graphite pencils to start shading and adding some tonal variations. But the important task is to get the basic shapes with a strong sense of accuracy. Sometimes you only have a few moments to practice this method. Other times you might have hours to pour over something. Either way, keep practicing one point perspective as a way to become more skilled in your art practice.

Let me know in the comments below how your art practice is going!

Love,

Hez

How to Draw One Point Perspective

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Here are some links for the supplies you may want:

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How to Draw What You See by Rudy de Reyna
Strathmore 18 by 24 drawing pad 
Zebra Mechanical Pencils
Strathmore Sketchbook
Creatacolor Graphite Pencils
Eraser Putty

 

Understanding and practicing perspective in your drawings and paintings is an important fundamental in your art practice. If you can grasp this concept your art will reach new heights in technique and concepts. Every piece of art will use perspective to one degree or another. How they use it varies from one artist to the next. 

When I think about perspective drawings or paintings, the first person that comes to mind would be architect, Fillipo Brunelleschi & artist, Masaccio. The linear perspective was created by use of a vanishing point to which all lines converged at eye level. Soon this caught on and became standard. Before this concept came to light, much of the Medieval or ancient art doesn't possess this attribute. Masaccio was the first painter of the early Renaissance to demonstrate efficacy over this new concept. 

 Masaccio – The Tribute Money c.1426-27 Fresco, The Brancacci Chapel, Florence

Masaccio – The Tribute Money c.1426-27 Fresco, The Brancacci Chapel, Florence

But as a fan of all things surreal I can't help but think about the more interesting concepts in the use of perspective such as with M.C. Escher, or Salvdor Dali as two examples. 

 M.C. Escher - Relativity c.1953

M.C. Escher - Relativity c.1953

 Salvador Dali - The First Day of Spring c.1929

Salvador Dali - The First Day of Spring c.1929

I hope these examples give you a better sense about what perspective really means and how we can use it to create more accurate and interesting drawings and paintings. 

Now here is how you get started (also feel free to learn by watching the video above):

Step 1:

Place a dot anywhere on the page. I recommend you don't put it in the center for your first exercise merely so that you can see how the lines contour toward the vanishing point. 

Step 2: 

Draw a horizon line going across your vanishing point. 

Step 3: 

Use a ruler to draw lines that extend from your vanishing point. You don't necessarily have to measure those lines. But, of course, you can if you are looking for some serious accuracy. 

Step 4:

You could start with any shape you would like. But I started with a sphere. A sphere will not become more narrow as it recedes toward the vanishing point. But the sphere may become much smaller. If you don't know much about drawing spheres, here is my video on how to draw a sphere. Try drawing a couple of spheres in different locations making them smaller as they make their way toward the vanishing point.

Step 5: 

Now draw a cube. If you still need help drawing a cube, here is a video on how to draw a cube. Pick a space between your vanishing point lines to draw the stem of your Y shape for the beginning of your cube. Then use the extending line as a guide for the right side of your Y. Extend the left side of the Y to the next vanishing point line. You can finish your cube shape in between these two vanishing point lines. You'll notice how the cube becomes more shallow as it recedes into the vanishing point. Try to draw a few more cubes with different heights and lengths. 

Step 6: 

Try for a cone. Here is another video if you want to know how to draw a cone. The main things to notice when drawing a cone is that the cone part of the shape will change size depending on where it's placed on the landscape, and the base will become more ellipse like as it moves closer to the horizon, or vanishing point. Try drawing a few in different places to notice how much the base shape changes from a circle to an ellipse as it moves toward the vanishing point.

Step 7: 

And this is the same for when you draw a cylinder. The top and the base of the cylinder will become more ellipse like as it moves toward the vanishing point. Here is a video on how to draw a cylinder

 

And that's basically it! Good job guys! I hope this helped you think more about how perspective works in a drawing. Keep practicing this and let me know how it's going in the comments below. Check back next Wednesday where I'll be posting a video and blog about how to draw a one point perspective in a real setting. 

How to Draw a Still Life Part 2

Here is part 2 on how to draw a still life. I hope you all enjoy!