This is a large, 12″ by 18″ drawing on a beautiful toned blue paper that I got from Top’s Art Supplies here in Koreatown. I love the paper so much I wanted to have some for home and some for the studio, but I’ve left most of it at the studio for now. I have been trying to get my hands on every painting and drawing video or workshop I can lately, and after being thwarted (Joseph Todorovich’s workshop full, Ramon Hurtado’s taking a break from classes) I remembered how much I wanted to see Teresa Oaxaca’s drawing video. Teresa’s video from East Oaks Studio is fantastic, she is great at expressing her thought process during the whole video, even the little details. She has such an incredible sense of line and form, and her draughtsmanship is second to none in her style. Watching her draw was awesome!
Here are some fantastic takeaways I got from the video (that I haven’t necessarily applied to my work.)
- Use different types of lines to differentiate the background from the focal point. Ex, use controlled straight lines for your subject, and use large and wiggly lines for a background.
- Get your bases in within the first thirty minutes. Things we don’t always think about right away – how will the background affect the foreground, when we’re too focused putting details in the face or eyes. Getting the background and subject in means we can focus more on relating those two, instead of just getting stuck in one place and not being able to blend.
Over all, this video is well worth the investment. It’s like taking one day of a workshop, a full demo, no cuts or anything, and so much information you should take notes. Great film.
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