Class Introduction

 

Drawing Fundamentals: Cross Contour Lines and Ellipses

 

Lesson Info

Class Introduction

So, in this Drawing Basics 2, we're going to be talking about cross contour line and ellipses. And so, we're going to talk about what that is and what we'll be covering. So let's just take a look at that. The things that we're going to be doing, really, I'm going to be helping take your drawings to the next level. Initially, drawings are often just two-dimensional, but how do we make them three-dimensional? So, we're going to talk about turning 3D forms in space, things like cylinders and eggs, turning them in space, and using cross contour lines, lines that wrap around them to help show their dimension. And I'm gonna have some really fun, easy ways that you guys can practice that and really help you move to the next level with that. We're gonna learn how to draw and measure the height to width of ellipses. And so, ellipses, basically being something is circular and you turn it away from you, that changes, sort of squashes the circle. So, we're going to talk about how to draw ellipses ...

with volume and fluidity. It's a really important thing to learn. And we're gonna apply the knowledge of those ellipses to things like drawing eggs, cylinders, coffee cups, and we're even gonna play one of my favorite games, which is called Diagram a Banana. Okay? So we're gonna do that too. So, this starts to get a little bit more technical in a way, but it's also, we're gonna approach it in a really simple way, and we're gonna find some fun in it, but also have devices to make it easier. And one of those devices to make it easier are some of our downloadable practice pages, which all of you have a little folder of those, but I also have some examples of those downloadable practice pages that people can refer to online and practice. So, every step of the way you'll have some guidance in that and we'll work with that. So, those are for everybody's reference. They can work with those, make it a little bit easier. So, you know, why would you want to make things 3D, who would want to be able to do that? Well, you know, sort of for me it feels like a logical next step in a way, right? We've made some beautiful line drawings but now, I want dimension. When I was in graduate school in New York, I was required to take a sculpture class and I thought going into it, because I was a painting major at the academy, I thought, "Oh, now I've gotta take "sculpture on top of everything else!" And I'll never forget, I went in and they had the model on a big Lazy Susan and they were turning her in space every 15 minutes, and every time she turned, I had a little Lazy Susan and I turned my piece of clay in space, and I was sculpting her in the round. Previously I had just been drawing and painting the figure like, right there in front of me. And, within two weeks, my drawings had become so much better because I started to understand the volumetric nature, I started to understand, like, what would happen if I walked around a form, right? So that's part of what we'll be working with. It's like, what if I walked around the egg? What if I walked around the cylinder? How can I give the illusion of roundness to something that's actually just facing me, right? So, that's the benefit of drawing from life, because it's a sculptural object in front of you. But it's also the benefit of some of the devices I'm gonna teach you to help you along the way. All right?

Class Description

This beginner-friendly class will teach you essential techniques for drawing realistically. Understand the three dimensional form and curved objects. Instructor Amy Wynne teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design and exhibits her work nationally, winning numerous grants and awards.

This class covers:

  • Turning 3D forms in space & using cross contour lines
  • Learning how to draw and measure height to width of ellipses
  • Applying knowledge of ellipses to drawing eggs, cylinders, coffee cups, & bananas

A series of practice pages will be provided to get you started. You’ll draw 3D forms such as an egg and a cube, and build up to drawing hands.

Reviews

AShley
 

A great course to learn how an artist visualizes objects to make their drawings look 3-dimensional on a 2-dimensional surface (such as your paper). Awesome!

user-7963ec
 

Clearly explained concepts. Well thought out for the building blocks of drawing, from shape to line quality to shading. Gave me confidence and desire to keep on drawing.

Rebecca Saylor
 

This was one of my favorite classes. Amy is a very patient and thorough instructor. I have taken many drawing classes but I really loved her approach. I'm looking at the world differently!