Pyrography Tutorial Globes and Grapes Pyrography Shading Techniques Video
This excellent tutorial video is from Pyrography Made Easy
Pyrography tutorial that shows pyrography shading techniques to create 3D globes and a cluster of grapes. This is a great tutorial for beginner pyrography artist. The first part of the tutorial will examine how 3 different light scenarios change the shadows on a globe. Then we will use that information to create the cluster of grapes by examining the reference photo to determine the light situation and then coloring in the grape accordingly.
Drawing Tips - Pencil Hold Positions - Drawing Circles
The Artist’s Way of Holding the Pencil. Position A/ Gliding on the little finger.
Hold the pencil firmly but lightly to make sure your hand is 2 to 3 inches away from the point and you do not have a vice like grip on it, as that would restrict free movement and while it might allow you to write it prevents the flowing movement across the page required to draw well.
Position A shows the artist resting the little finger on the paper and holding the pencil loosely between thumb and the top two fingers then drawing by sliding the hand along the paper guided in the distance away from the paper by the little finger. If you are covering a small area, you can just swing the hand, from the wrist, if covering a larger area, swing the arm and slide the pencil along using this little finger as a guide.
Practice makes perfect. It is a myth to believe that we are born talented. We may born, with the desire within us to apply ourselves to things we love, learn and practice harder at some things than others, less interested in them, might do and so we become talented. Every one of us has a strong creative urge, we are all, artistic. Some of us have just developed these skills, more than, others. If you want to become an artist, you can. You do not need to be talented to start, you need to have the desire, to learn and practice. it is your teacher who needs to have the talent to show how, explain why, and constructively critique the students work, in order for you to advance.
The Artist’s Way of Holding the Pencil. Position A. Gliding on the little finger.
Position B/ This is good for Shading.
Hold the pencil firmly but lightly 2" to 3" above the point. Never grip the pencil tightly. In drawing your hand needs to be loose to move freely over the whole paper so you work with sweeps of your hand and arm.
Practice these hand positions; I will give you some pencil movement exercises next. "Happy drawing."
Position D/ Hand resting on the backs of the finger.
Artist’s pencils are made from an inner core of graphite (not lead) and they are of a superior quality to the average pencil used for schools, offices and home use. Expect to pay around $4. to $10. for a single high-quality artist’s pencil, (2019 Australian prices), if you wish to work with the best tools.
Draw circles. Swing in big circles, use pencil position B or E
Soon yours will be smooth and round.
Giotto di Bondone, known simply as Giotto, was an Italian painter and architect from Florence in the late Middle Ages. He is generally considered the first in a line of great artists who contributed to the Italian Renaissance.
Giotto draws a perfect circle for the Pope, as told by Vasari
Pope Benedict sent one of his courtiers into Tuscany to see what sort of a man Giotto was and what his works were like, for the Pope planned to commission paintings for Saint Peter’s Cathedral.
This courtier, on his way to see Giotto and to find out what other masters of painting and mosaic there were in Florence, spoke with many masters in Sienna, and then, having received some drawings from them, he came to Florence.
And one morning, going into the workshop of Giotto, who was at his labours, he showed him the mind of the Pope and at last asked him to give him a little drawing to send to His Holiness. Giotto, who was a man of courteous manners, immediately took a sheet of paper, and with a pen dipped in red, fixing his arm firmly against his side to make a compass of it, and with a turn of his hand, he made a circle so perfect that it was a marvel to see.
Having done it, he turned smiling to the courtier and said, ‘Here is the drawing.’
But he, thinking he was being laughed at, asked, ‘Am I to have no other drawing than this?’
‘This is enough and too much,’ replied Giotto. ‘Send it with the others and see if it will be understood.’
The messenger, seeing that he could get nothing else, departed ill pleased, not doubting that he had been made a fool of. However, sending the other drawings to the Pope with the names of those who had made them, he sent also Giotto's, relating how he had made the circle without moving his arm and without compasses, which when the Pope and many of his courtiers understood, they saw that Giotto must surpass greatly all the other painters of his time.
The story comes from Vasari’s Lives of the Painters, Sculptors and Architects, 1974.
Turning the Circle or Eclipse into Three-Dimensional Form
See how the large shapes were first lightly blocked in, then the contours were sketched, and last lines were straightened and accentuated.
The straight construction lines help a lot when you are drawing the symmetrical object model whose two sides are alike; such as straight lines help you draw the ovals properly.
”Is a top larger than the bottom, or not?”
“Are the sides straight and parallel, or are they slanted?”
“Do the top and bottom lines slant or are they horizontal?”
“Do I see a true circle, or an oval?”
Be sure you really know the shape of the model before you draw a line on your paper. Look carefully, be sure of what you see, then draw it. These are the fundamental steps in making a good drawing.
The straight lines help you draw the shapes that you seem more easily will stop block them in likely.
The final touch darkened some of the contrast lines for interesting accents.
Please use the comments section to please ask questions, and I'll strive to assist you through both tutorial demonstration videos and my creative life blog posts. I also have an Art Academy
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Circles and Eclipses are the Highways of our Universe and Determiners of Earth's Seasons.
From my travel diary from June 2011
I have got my man so well rugged up in layers against the cold. He even has an oilskin coat to go over that snazzy polar fleece. Even the dog has a lambswool lined oilskin coat.
So today, it was cold. I STOLE the layer under his polar fleece and he's not getting it back. — feeling comfortable.
Today was the shortest day of the year in Australia, and the longest in the northern hemisphere. And marking the occasion will be the launch of the first spaceship propelled by sunlight, Cosmos 1, which should be visible from Australia as a bright, moving star.
The shortest and longest days of the year are also known as the solstices. In Melbourne, the Sun will rise at 7.36am and set at 5.08am tomorrow, with just nine hours and 32 minutes of daylight. But six months from now, on December 21, we can expect a day 14 hours and 47 minutes long.
March 21 and September 21 are the equinoxes, when day and night the world over are exactly 12 hours.
This has nothing to do with the Earth-Sun distance. The reason we have solstices, and seasons, is because our planet is tilted at 23 degrees. In June, the southern hemisphere is tilted away from the Sun and the northern hemisphere tilted towards the Sun; in December it's the reverse. In March and September, the hemispheres are not tilted at the Sun, but at right angles to it.
As a result of the tilt, in winter the Sun rises later and sets earlier, leading to less daylight. It also tracks a lower course through the sky, meaning its rays hit Australia at an oblique angle. These factors mean winter is colder.
"The (winter) solstice is the point where the Sun reaches the furthest north it will go in the sky, and then it turns back," said Martin Bush, a curator at the Melbourne Planetarium. "It was something that was noticed by ancient peoples . . . it's been a symbol of hope and our understanding of the cycles of the world."
The effects of the solstice are most extreme at the poles, and least extreme at the equator. That's why in parts of Antarctica the Sun cannot be seen during winter.
Solstices and equinoxes have prompted the building of monuments such as Stonehenge and have inspired many pagan festivals. The solstices are still observed by modern pagans.
But don't start looking forward to warmer weather. The National Climate Centre confirmed that July is indeed Melbourne's coldest month, and January the warmest. This is because, say meteorologists, the Earth's land and oceans take time to absorb and release the Sun's heat energy, leading to a seasonal lag.
"The oceans have thermal mass so they're still coming into equilibrium after the peak of radiation has been received," said Mr Bush.
Winter solstice 2019 in Southern Hemisphere will be at 1:54 am on
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