Hello all! If you’ve been following us on Facebook, you would have seen some of the kiddos’ sketches. Over the years, whenever I introduced good old sketching to my students, I always get the same questions from parents: Can you let them focus more on painting and not just pencil drawing. My answer? Before you start to paint, you must first draw. Not to mention learning about proportion, balance, space, light and shadows, etc through sketching. These are some of the practices I’ve doing with the kiddos. I hope they are helpful to start your child (or yourself) on sketching!
A few objects to draw
Usually to make the impact bigger, I will let my students choose a subject and get them to sketch and shade it without teaching them first. These are some examples:
ONE : Understanding SHADES & TONES
Introduce different grades of pencils to your child. Explain to them what the alphabets mean (H = Hardness, B = Blackness/Softness). Let them try out the differences. Guide them on applying different pressure to the same pencil to achieve different tones using the following exercise.
TWO : Shading
Used in drawing for depicting levels of darkness on paper by applying media more densely or with a darker shade for darker areas, and less densely or with a lighter shade for lighter areas. Show them the different types of shading techniques, and get them to try it for themselves using the following exercise.
THREE : Light Source
Prepare a few opaque objects, and a flashlight. Shine the flashlight at the objects from different directions, observe the shadows and highlights when the light moves around.
FOUR : Apply & Practice
By now, I’m sure you, or your child have found your favourite shading technique. Draw a Sphere, Cube, Cylinder and Cone. Decide on a light source (draw an arrow pointing towards your object to indicate), and shade. The sphere will be a little trickier, due to the reflected light. This youtube tutorial gives very clear and simple explanations on it.
FIVE : Sketch and shade the chosen subject.
For the first sketch, we did it from an observation of an online image. Then we moved on to observing the actual subject.
SIX : Practice
Using what we learnt above, we drew and painted the chosen subject. Most of them said that after the sketching and shading exercises, they are able to do it a lot easier the second time.
Woah! Congratulations on making it this far! Always remember, Practice makes
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