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    MT project: Massive list of Drawing Tips

    Excerpt from Keys to Drawing by Bert Dodson:

    SPOILER! :
    "There is a scene in an old Western film in which Danny Kaye, as the hero, is challenged by a dangerous gunslinger to a shootout in the street. As he walks toward the saloon door and out into that street, well-meaning friends give him advice on his best chances of surviving. "The sun's in the west so keep him to the east," says one old timer. "He stands up tall, so squat down low," says another. Someone else advises, "He shoots from his right, so lean to the left." Kay desperately tries to remember these tips, but by the time he reaches the swinging doors, he is hopelessly confused, and we hear him muttering, "The sun's up tall, so lean to the west ... he squats to his left so shoot down low ... he's east of his right so shoot at what's left ..."

    Trying to remember hundreds of drawing techniques all at once just leaves one confused. To learn these techniques, it's best to try and get them one by one so that, like how one might become a master gunslinger, one might also become a master artist.

    To facilitate this goal, this thread has been created so that each member can put in one drawing tip per post that other members can focus on. Here's a few guidelines so we stay on topic:

    1. List drawing tips only. The tip must address some specific technique one should focus on when they're drawing. "Look for the subject's midpoint" is good; "Practice and don't give up!" is encouraging but not very helpful.

    2. If the information is from a source, you can make your tip bold and say where you got it from. For example,

    Add cross-contour lines to improve the drawing's 3D form - Drawing from Observation by Brian Curtis

    3. Add a maximum of one tip per post you make. This gives space for discussion in the thread.

    Anyways, this should be a fun experience! Feel free to add stuff from your personal experience; expound on tips you make or previous points, etc.
    Last edited by Hamachi; 08-27-2011 at 02:25 PM. Reason: Because, man, the *trees!* Yeah, man!


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