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Different Aspects Of Creating Art Drawings

Water Storm
Water Storm
by Debbie Mills du Toit
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Green Road
by Cornelius Terblanche

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The ability to create life-like art drawings can only be acquired with years of experience. As Pablo Picasso said, ‘Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot; others transform a yellow spot into the sun’. Art drawings have witnessed several stages of development and evolved over the years. Most of the original art drawings that you come across are made with a number of instruments, on a two-dimensional medium.

To buy quality art drawings, one must refer to online art galleries featuring a select collection of art drawings. However, before beginning your search, it is advisable to have in-depth knowledge of art drawings.

Art Drawings: Overview

To buy art drawings, it is imperative to know the instruments, medium, common subject matter and tones:

Instruments and Medium: Artists primarily use graphite pencils, inked brushes, crayons, chalks, charcoal, markers and silverpoint to create art drawings. These drawing aids are either dry or water-based. Paper, the most common medium, is available in different shapes and qualities, ranging from low-priced newspaper grade one to high-quality expensive ones. Drawing papers also vary in texture, acidity, hue and strength. Coarse material highlights the contrast. Art drawings based on acid-free, archival-type paper preserve the texture of art drawings. Paper made from wood pulp, such as newsprint, usually turns yellow or becomes brittle. In addition to the conventional paper base, art drawings are also created on cardboard, plastics, canvas and board.

Subject Matter: Selection of subject matter is the prerogative of the artist. Art drawings are primarily representational, featuring objects, living beings, scenes recollected by the artist or an outcome of his imagination. Artists may create a life-like replica of the selected subject, approximations, highly-stylized subjects and abstract art.

Techniques: Strokes play a key role in deciding the final appearance of art drawings. Ink-based art works primarily use hatching, characterized by a group of parallel lines. Cross hatching features two or more lines in different directions that impart a darker tone. Broken hatching gives lighter shades, and timely breaks in strokes convey graduation. Lines produce an effect of depth, by following the contour curves of the surface. The drawing style also depends on the hand used by the artist to draw. For instance, a right-handed artist draws from left to right to avoid smearing. Today, even doodling and surrealism are considered art drawings.

Tones: Shading refers to the variation in tonal values, used to portray the material, with the positioning of shadow. Original art drawings lay extra emphasis on patterns of reflected light and shadows, essential to give a realistic rendition to the image. Blending includes using a tool to soften the original drawing strokes. A blending stump, kneaded eraser or a simple tissue may be primarily used for blending.