Last post I touched on instruction and mentioned basics. To pursue that further; I believe to have a grounding in the basics is the best thing an artist can do for themselves.

Knowing the generic location of facial features allows you to have a starting point for your portrait. When the relative proportions of a body are so understood you don’t have to think about them you can construct a figure without thinking about it. Additionally you will “see” how the model does or does not fit this “ideal”; and that makes getting it right simple, because you know what’s “wrong”. Therefore when I look for instructional information I’m looking for the fundamentals, the basics; hold the pencil like this to do that, a sable brush will do this differently than a boar hair, cold press vs. hot press – ‘because’.

Any suggestions meeting this criterion?

When you know these fundamentals you are grounded, you have someplace to take off from. All Masters had this ground and could then take off. This is true whether they are Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani or El Greco(Doménicos Theotokópoulos) all knew what they were doing.


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