KIDS: Visiting Artist - Jeanine Jackson Drawing Lesson 5

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Drawing Lesson 5
DRAWING: Still working alone, make 2 very small, quick sketches of the same view, about 2" x 3" each. Because they are so small, these are called "Thumbnail" sketches!
Try 2 vertical: Lot of sky. Little sky. Or, Try 2 horizontal: Lot of sky. Little sky. Or, Try 1 horizontal and 1 vertical.
Do not get much detail. Just the very big shapes. These are not suppose to be "drawings" just "ideas" so you can decide which one you want to take to the next step. Have fun with this. They are just scribbles so far!
The next step is to find your partner again and review each other's sketches. Decide which ones you like best.
Then, put your partner into your thumbnail! Sounds pretty hilarious, right? Actually, you will take turns being models for each other for about 5 minutes each. Go back to your favorite spot with your partner, thumbnail sketch, your pencil and painting surface. Do not bring paint yet. Get your viewer back into the position of your favorite thumbnail. Direct your partner where to sit or stand so that they are somewhere in the foreground or middle ground of your picture. Add a super-rough sketch of your partner onto the little sketch. Remember to start with the head and how many heads high they are? Try to position him or her near a tree or bench. Something they can relate to in size.
Just as the figure is measured in heads, we can measure a tree by our model! If it is a really big tree, it could be ten Mary's tall! If it's just a bush, it might be half a Michael! Do not try to get details. Just capture right size and relationships. If you get it wrong, don't worry. Try again. It's just a thumbnail!
Once you like your thumbnail, lightly draw the scene in pencil onto your painting surface. Remember to look for simple shapes and accurate sizes.
Now, switch with your partner and model.

{Teenager proportions}

If you'd like to use the measuring tape again, go ahead! Note that on your 8" x 10" painting, 1 head may only equal 1/2" - and 1 teenager would then be 7 x 1/2" = 3 1/2" tall

You may even use the eraser on the tip of your pencil to measure heads! Remember: the relationship matters more than the measurement.

Then lightly erase your measurement markings. Acrylic paint will cover most pencil marks but watercolors will not.

The figure will help people looking at your painting understand the size of other objects, such as trees, and park benches.

Liking your drawing? Great! Let's paint!

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