Tuesday, August 10, 2010

ABC Wednesday - D is for Drawing, Degas and Others

This week we turn to D for ABC Wednesday - that fun meme that looks at a new letter each week.

As I continue with my art theme for this round, drawing is the big draw for me. I have not had formal training in the arts, but have taken many courses. Drawing is the most basic and at times the most challenging!
I have had fun with the drawing classes - one of the easiest is the contour drawing and the blind contour.
Using your hand as your subject, follow the contours., either checking or not (for blind contour.) Your hand is a good subject to practice seeing and drawing. The old adage "Practice makes perfect" certainly applies to drawing!

Most of the great artists did drawings of their works and they are quite a record ow their work. Da Vinci's drawings show his attention to detail and mastery of drawing the body.

Here is an interesting overview of drawing from Wikipedia.

There are many artists who fit in this week -

from Dali - the great Spanish surrealist painter

to Donatello - the early Renaissance sculptor

to Durer - the German painter and printmaker

to my favourite - DEGAS -the French Impressionist.

Be sure to check out the other great participants at ABC Wednesday! Lots to learn and lots to see!


Sylvia K said...

What an interesting post for the D Day, Bev! I love your pictures and the information you have included. I always wished I could draw or paint, but that was definitely NOT one of my talents. Still fun to read about those that do have those talents. Hope your week is going well!

Gramma Ann said...

What a great post about drawing today. I for one cannot draw a stick person, so always admire others who can draw. I enjoyed all of the information you posted and the delightful pictures, as well.

Manang Kim said...

So lovely!! I myself can't draw a straight line more so draw ^_^ But I always love art and think about what could be the artist thinking when he/she is drawing it or painting the subject. Thanks for sharing!

ABC Wednesday~D

Roger Owen Green said...

Well, hello, Dali! And those other artists...

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

mrsnesbitt said...

laughing at Roger's comment above! lol!
Fascinating post!

ABC Team

Anonymous said...

Fascinating post! I can't draw for dimes or dollars! so that hand is excellent to me :D must try that someday..!

helenmac said...

I designate you a most delightful donor to ABC Wednesday! Thank you, thank for choosing the art theme.
Helen Mac
ABC Wednesday

Tumblewords: said...

Delightful drawing words and images. Drawing is an off/on tool for me. Sometimes, I can. Sometimes, not. :)

photowannabe said...

Love your variety of artists and the illustration of contour drawing. I remember doing that in high school and in college. Very interesting.

jabblog said...

Very interesting post. Hands are so difficult to draw. Some artists simply avoid them by clever positioning. What a lovely time you're having developing your talent :-)