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Drawing and Sketching…Critical First Steps.


Hello Bergsma Friends!, and welcome to a new blog.

Lets talk about DRAWING and the creative process.

This week I started several projects…some just for myself and a few others for some special clients.
Research and lots of it is the critical first step.

It starts with the photo sessions.

My Daughter Sky and I were invited to the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle to have a close up with the big cats.

Lets review what it takes to get to a finished drawing like this one.

Tip #1…Gather your research so you have allot of options for you drawing references.
You can take some of the critical photos yourself.
You can also use books and online search engines to find what you need.

I usually change the drawing from the photo…but use the details
 to help me create an authentic looking animal or person.

I decided this head (the eye and beak) was exactly right…minus the bad hair!:)

I usually do my individual animal sketches on separate pieces of paper so that
I can move them around until I get just the right proportions.
I learned this technique in Engineering school.

Tip #2… I have a combination of tools. The light table, thin vellum (tracing paper), multiple hardnesses of lead pencils,
 a sharpener,and a good eraser are my “must haves.”
This was all part of my design training and is usually not a technique found in art schools.

 My thumbnails and pre-drawings are on ordinary xerox paper.
When I am sure about the composition I redraw everything on a good sheet of drawing paper.
I lay the first rough sketches on the light table then draw again with a Hard Pale H3 Lead.
The drawing above is the light lead first draft.

I then add the details with a softer Darker Lead…an F or a 2B is good.

Can you see the fine lines beneath the darker ones?
Look back and see how much detail has been added with the darker pencil.

The process is very much like writing. First some notes about your idea.
 Then some simple sketches… Then the research…
 More drafts and finally…you are ready for a finished composition for publishing.

The above Eagle Drawing is Dedicated to the late Matthew Paul Gumbel,
 and his mother Shauna who still misses him every day.

Remember…When you draw what you love it will show. Take out a pencil and give it a try.
Art is good for your soul and of course it is alot of fun!

I want to welcome my daughter Jessi and her friend Kris back from Nepal.

We celebrated at Le Peche on First Avenue in Seattle.

Wishing all of you happiness, the magic of Spring and Love,
Jody

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