The philosophy of these lessons: Look, Learn, Practice
Chapter 17 of "The
Way To Happiness" deals with Competence. I've found that
too many limit their own progress as an artist with the concept
that they "haven't got the talent." 90% of being
a good professional artist is about looking for yourself,
learning (including good study habits), and practicing what
you have learned to become Competent. If you are interested
in a free copy of "The Way to Happiness", please
email me for one.
"You don't stop learning as an artist. You don't stop challenging
yourself or you stay in one place." Interview with Marge Alderson,
ArtCalendar, Feb '92
2. Word for the week:
ARTIST: n. [From artiste; Italian artista;
from Latin ars,artis; probably contracted from the root of
Welsh, cerz, Irish, ceard. The radical
(that is, root) sense is strength, from stretching, straining,
the primary sense of strength and power, and hence of skill.]
- One skilled in an art or trade; one who is master or professor
of a manual art; a good workman in any trade.
- A skillful man; not a novice.
- In an academical sense, a proficient in the faculty of
arts; a philosopher.
- One skilled in the fine arts; as a painter, sculptor,
from American Dictionary of the English Language,
Noah Webster, 1828 edition
3. Practice: "Learning bears fruit when it is applied."
Exercise: Creating effective shadows
Set up a simple still life and sketch shapes with pen outlines,
then fill in simple shadow shapes using black marker. Keep
drawing simple, rough and sloppy. Use the following lighting
- back light
- front light
- top light
- side light